Being present in a relationship, whether it is with your kids, your
spouse, or anyone important in your life is hard work, particularly for
overstimulated type A personalities like me and many of the people who
read this blog.
Around that time, I attended an offsite of a larger private equity firm
and there was a organizational psychologist who gave a talk on work life
balance. He said something I'll never forget. He said that you have
about ten to twelve years to connect with your kids and then they turn
into teenagers, tune you out, then turn into adults and build their own
lives. I thought about my kids who were five, three, and a baby and
realized that time was short and I needed to be present in their lives
in every way that I could.
"The entrepreneurial stuff is exciting to me for the same reason that basketball is exciting. It's collaborative, creative, educational, experiential. All those elements are in play." - Steve Nash
"I wasn't one of those kids who was told since ninth grade that he was going to play in the NBA. It was long-term goals broken into short term goals. How to get from the bottom to the top. Those fundamentals transfer to anything." - Steve Nash
My intention is to e creative, learn, work with great people, build a cool business, and change the game." - Steve Nash
I like the way Steve Nash plays basketball and thinks about business.
It has been awhile since I have posted to this blog. I read and heard some things that were pretty inspirational to me and wanted to share them today.
I watched the Biggest Loser tonight and was inspired in the amount of weight lose that the candidates achieved in 16 weeks. What can you do in 16 week? I believe you can do anything that you put your mind to and in a short period of time you can significantly change your life if you put your mind to it.
Another quote from the Biggest Loser - "Stand up and finish what you started." If you get knocked down or fall down always get up!!
In the most recent Rochester Review there is an article with this title. It caught my eye and I continued to read. I am glad I did. It has some great points. It is about John Miles ad 98` graduate from the University of Rochester. He started a company Integritive.
Simple but Key takeaways are:
Keep your commitments
Never promise more than you can deliver
Practice good will in all your dealings
Adhere to triple bottom line accounting - people, planet, and profit
Work can and should be fun
Real leadership is not in management of people, but in inspiring a purpose and giving people the playground to explore and find their best pat to completion
Find clients who fit and avoid those who don't
The purpose of anything is to find fulfillment in the moment