As I sit here on my way back from a long business trip in Europe having finished a great book by Michael Towbin “Forget Strategy. Get Results”. I am empowered and armed with a new set of goals, to improve my life and hopefully the lives of others. As I ponder how I will implement these goals, I catch the excitement of returning home to my family. I envision my wife and 9 month old daughter that I have not seen for 12 days. It is in this moment that I am drowned in the waters of one of Towbin’s principles Fortune.
Towbin titles this section “Realize how lucky you are” He expounds upon this statement by describing the world’s population in relation to a village of 100 people, He shares the following facts:
- The world will consist of 57 Asians, 21 Europeans, 14 Americans (North, Central and South) and 8 Africans.
- 52 Women, 48 Men. 30 Caucasians and 70 Non Caucasians.
- 30 Christians, 70 non-Christians. 89 Heterosexuals, 11 Homosexuals.
- 6 People would poses 59% of the wealth and they would come from the USA. 80 would live in poverty, 70 would be illiterate, 50 would suffer from hunger and malnutrition.
- 1 would own a computer. 1 would have a university degree.
These sobering statistics remind me of how successful or lucky I really am. I have a loving wife and a daughter that is such a delight. I can enjoy their smiles and share my love for them, thousands of miles away through the marvels of Facetime and Skype. I can experience different cultures and people as I travel the world (although predominantly for business). I am travelling to our new home and functioning car. I will sleep on my warm bed and arise to make my 30 min journey to the office to do a job that I enjoy. I can practice my religion freely without the fear of persecution. These are just a few things that remind me of how fortunate I am. My intent of sharing this is not to gloat but to share what helped me enjoy this moment. I am tired, cranky having had not slept for 20 hours and after being randomly searched by airport security at almost every stop on my journey but I feel blessed, I feel happy, I feel successful.
It is very easy to be sucked into a whirlwind of depressing thoughts because we may not be where we expected to be or we did not achieve something that we worked hard for. However before you reside yourself to these feelings, widen your perspective. List the things that you are grateful for, the things that you have achieved. Take time to smell the roses and find the motivation that you need to take the next steps towards your success.
Please feel free to share your successes, I would love to hear your inspiring stories.