Last week I got back from a summer camp in Switzerland, which was about change management and decision making. Amazed, once again! Simply said - I'm in love with learning and awed by the people who open windows and doors for me. Need to move on, constantly, and I know no better way to do it than through books and people (followed by some practice:)
Every step out of my usual path expands what I know about the world and how I see myself in the connection with everything else. When thinking about the impact different people have had on my development it's almost scary to imagine what would I be when I would have chose to stay still and not to explore. The best advice for myself is to constantly go out there, world is a wonderful place and the discoveries never cease.
A few lessons from the land of cheese, banks, mountains and cows to write in my "Golden ideas book" once I create it (should do it soon:):
1. Ask questions. I will never know if I won't ask. My curiosity with a little bit of bravery to speak my thoughts can open treasure boxes. And quite often - the most simple and obvious question is the best one, complicated ones only bring general answers and don't really serve the goal to show me sophisticated and smart.
2. Keep your mind Open. It's easy to slip in the trap of "I know it all". Yet the difference between those with open mind and the rest is visible - some people just keep repeating what they already know and miss out the new emerging knowledge, others look curious and interested even at old age and keep bringing innovation. There's nothing more static when the absence of questions and questions come once you look without judgments.
3. Listen. During a visit to a monastery one lady asked from a Benedictine monk what would be his advice to the world if he could give only one. He replied: "Listen." When I was sharing my story about some questions I had when running AIESEC Estonia, again I got a golden advice from one amazing consultant: "Listen." Easy, isn't it?
4. Find your core. Ask questions from yourself, meditate, take time to think, explore - keep looking to find your core, because this is what you can build a successful life on. For one successful businessman the core was one word - recognition. For his wife - children. Whatever it is - take time to find it out. And then be true to it.
5. Start going. Sometimes you already know enough, the best next step is to start doing it. No worry if you are not able to see the whole path to your vision, things change anyway. To know your dream and immediate next steps can often be quite enough to get going.
6. I have time. This is an idea I picked up from someone, who told me how he discovered the meaning of the law of attraction - what you tell yourself becomes the truth as you attract real events to you by your thoughts. What about having time? So - I have time, indeed :)
Photos made by a summer camp participant Martine Morel