You can’t lead a horse if you’re not clear where you’re going

I recently had an interesting chat with a friend of mine, she is in the middle of a career-shift and was asking my opinion on how to proceed and what advice can she get from someone who pays a lot of attention on strategic thinking and the value of¬†KNOWING WHERE YOU ARE GOING ūüôā

Therefor, this week’s tip, is multi-purposed, it goes both ways, whether you are in looking how to move forward with your career, or simply evaluating where you are today.

Probably to start, I would highlight what Gandhi said about life and how there is more to life than simply increasing its speed,

There is more to life than simply increasing its speed. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

If we look a little bit and try to learn from a very dear creature to me, the horse ūüôā , you would greatly realize that your career moves you just like riding a horse; How? keep reading…

1. Clarity is Key

You really can’t expect to reach where you are going if you don’t know where you are heading, who do you want to be? what do you want to do? how do you expect to write a resume that is designed to talk JUST about you.. Where you are right now, and where you want to be… And most importantly How clear you are about your self. A horse somehow sense that when he is being LEAD, Driven or just a transport mean…

2.Your career is honest

In my personal opinion, Horses are the most Honest creatures you may encounter…A horse never forgets and never forgives, they can be¬†more honest than humans, and just like horses, your career is honest as well, you can take bad decisions or wrong moves, and it will impact you for a long time…

3. Confidence, Bravery and Patience

You can learn a lot from a cowboy, they know that it’s not easy to be able to manage, manipulate, and train an¬†animal of that size and ability, it requires confidence, and a lot of patience, as the horse needs first to understand what you expect from him, and then to be able to get to the point where they can ride and be in total control to get the horse to jump over that fence smoothly… Now that requires Bravery!

 4. Responsibility

When horse accepted man onto his back and chose to carry his burdens, it changed the world. So you have a big responsibility,¬†to come out and care for that horse day in and day out and when you are sick or lazy, you can’t just decide not to come in. They depend on you. Same thing with your career.

 5. Partnership

Unlike a car, a horse is a real¬†partner in your journey, and not just a mean of transportation; The horse will stop both of you from falling of a cliff, even if you were not paying attention, he would trust your leadership, although to be honest, he’s the one doing most of the execution, but he would know that you’re an integral part of the success of the activity.

So for this week, just remember that you can’t expect to just ride on a horse and they would¬†do everything for you, you need to spend a lot of time and some really hard work, before you could enjoy the greatness of what a horse can give you… And same thing with your career… You shouldn’t expect things to come easy, but after a while,¬†things pay back handsomely… with the essence of clarity.

This post is dedicated to K.D. and inspired by E.Ch. 

Enjoy your Week!

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Samer Chidiac

Samer Chidiac is a Sr. Strategist, Author & an International Innovation Expert.

The Monday Tip Weekly blog is part of the¬†‚ÄúInfluencing the Life of Others‚Ä̬†project

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The More you Sweat in Peace, The Less you Bleed in War

While Growing up,  I used to rely a lot on Famous Quotes to bring my spirit up and keep me motivated to dream big while there were lots of reasons for not to.

One of these quotes was an ancient Chinese Proverb that goes like this

The More you Sweat in Peace, The Less you Bleed in War

This week’s tip would mean different things to different people, but there’s a common truth that I heard about famous musicians which distinguishes ¬†between how amateurs and professionals approach practicing;¬†Amateurs Practice Until They Get It Right; Professionals Practice Until They Can‚Äôt Get It Wrong. And in his book, Outliers,¬†Malcolm Gladwell (who interviewed¬†famous figures like Bill Gates on the topic) repeatedly mentions the “10,000-Hour Rule”, claiming that the key to success in any field is, to a large extent, a matter of practicing a specific task for a total of around 10,000 hours.

Bill Gates

So if you dream to become a Future leader, you need to start practicing leadership skills and qualities while you’re still an amateur… at some points in time, some people will laugh at you, even your close friends will find you weird. But at a certain point, you’ll get your shot and guess what? you’ve practiced all your life for it and you’ll be more than ready!

Amateurs Practice Until They Get It Right; Professionals Practice Until They Can’t Get It Wrong

So our tip for the week is simple, start practicing when it doesn’t matter… So you get it Right when it Does.

Enjoy your Week ūüôā !

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Image courtesy of JJ Harrison /  Canberra Capitals vs Logan Thunder, Australian Institute of Sport Training Hall, Canberra, Australia

Samer Chidiac

Samer Chidiac is a Sr. Strategist, Author & an International Innovation Expert.

The Monday Tip Weekly blog is part of the¬†‚ÄúInfluencing the Life of Others‚Ä̬†project

If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter

One of the most common and fundamental change an individual receives after he or she go through an intensive Leadership training program would be how they look and perceive others.

When I was still working back at Microsoft, I remember a talk I’ve had with Naseem Tuffaha, a Senior Director at the time and one who truly possess genuine leadership qualities; Naseem was simplifying to me an important leadership quality, he said:

‚ÄúA true leader can simply be a person who sees through the eyes of the person in front of him‚ÄĚ

Let’s pause and reflect for a second on that statement and look at what this could mean in the real world… Why are we sometimes confronting other people because they have different opinions than us,

[from Wikipedia]

Mind over matter is a phrase popularized during the 1960s and 1970s that was originally used in reference to paranormal phenomena such as psychokinesis.However, it has also been used in reference to mind-centric spiritual and philosophic doctrines such as responsibility assumption.

This week’s tip¬†has to do with accepting others and how we could react to that… using a Simple sentence… If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.

Just think about a conversation you were dragged into, where different opinions were stormed and yours was not the most popular among them. After a while how did you react to that… Did you leave the conversation? took a stand? insisted on turning things around?

In life, and in most times, we face situations where we need to do something we don’t like, and external circumstances might bring us unwanted surprises and¬†challenge our tolerance. But how about I ask you this question: “When does this matter?” and when should you consider a¬†problem a disaster and when it should be considered just an unpleasant¬†surprise…

Well the answer is simple, and I provided it in the beginning… If you don’t MindIt doesn’t Matter ūüôā

And “Minding” is something that you can control, so you can simply make something Matter to you just as simple as you can make it not to…

I’ve had a discussion with a friend couple of days back when she was asking me about happiness… and how she can’t control or “decide” to be happy… I told her the following:

“Happiness might not seem to be a Choice, but Misery certainly IS A CHOICE”

So give more time and attention to the things that really matters in life… No Wait! I can’t tell you that ūüėČ you need to review them for your self.

Enjoy your Week!

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Samer Chidiac

Samer Chidiac is a Sr. Strategist, Author & an International Innovation Expert.

The Monday Tip Weekly blog is part of the¬†‚ÄúInfluencing the Life of Others‚Ä̬†project