If you don’t take risk, you don’t get to drink champagne – a Russian Expression

This timely statement can be assessed in a variety of ways. I will choose to look at it from the angle of achieving targets and goals. Champagne can be depicted in the form of other types of rewards such as a huge bonus, job promotion or attaining early and  comfortable retirement if one chooses.

It asserts that there must be a reward for success – a reward for hardwork, a reward for innovation and creativity. For example, if a hunter has caught game from his sweat (risk) in the forest, he surely is entitled to a large meal at the end of the day. The bible even alludes that a man must not eat if he has not worked. 2 Thessalonian 3:10 -11

As individuals or organisations, the impetus is to possess the drive, ambition and vision to create innovation that leads to a ‘Growth Phase’ I borrowed this growth phrase model from a colleague back in the days of banking.

Related image

It is important to note that the champagne does not qualify for gains and riches only. The goals of an organisation such as a charity called ‘War Child’ I read about recently was to have ambitious goals in terms of how many children in war and conflict zones they can reach in an impactful and meaningful ways with their programmes and activities.

I certainly hope to be clinking glasses in the next few months! Wishing you the very best in your projects.

Image result for clinking glasses

Happy Reading!

 

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

Some birds aren’t meant to be caged, their feathers are just too bright… (2mins Read).

This is a line from the great movie  – The Shawshank Redemption.

Yes, our feathers are too bright for the mundane or to be caged in one way or the other. Life like nature has a way of getting one over us and can throw you off-balance if care is not taken. It is almost like ‘life’ dares us to reveal our true nature, our innermost characters are revealed. Life is saying ‘I am the Boss’ show me what you got!

The question I ask my ‘inner’ self is, how do I keep my eyes fixed on the bigger prize whilst the boat of life is being rocked? How do I navigate my way through the rough edges of life when life itself is refusing to budge or to cut me some slack?

We have come to the mid point of this eventful year thus far, a lot has happened in the last six months politically and socially, the resulting impacts will reverberate for many years to come. If we are a corporation such as Amazon or Coca Cola, we will be comparing TY vs LY, we will be assessing and reviewing our corporate strategies against the 1st and 2nd quarter results. This is when management will be thinking of introducing new products into the market or downsizing, or as in Brexit; thinking of offshoring job functions (they usually get this wrong most of the time).

What is my point here?

My emphasis is that we must always review our plans and goals just like a corporation does on a regular basis. In my case at the beginning of this year, I set my goals to learn and acquire new skills of which I did (to gain practical work experience in project management/business analysis). I learnt new skills and tools and gained insights to the importance of data and evolving technology. It has helped me in my current role and projects including creating this blog space, but I must admit I did took my eyes off the ball for a while when ‘life’ says I am still here.

There lies the crust of my searching question again  – how do we reach our set goals and visions whilst life challenges still persists ( I would like to learn from you – please comment below).

I was having this discussion with one of my colleagues and she asked me to check out ‘Jay Shetty’ online – and in one of the videos he illustrates that to be successful in achieving your goals, you must spend and invest most your time i.e 80 – 100% on the area you are ‘most’ good at, which leads to the quadrant of success.

Enjoy the link below…

Dubai, Lagos, Dubai…

Let the adventure begins I’ll say. I’m switching off from the hustle and bustle of daily life in central London. I want to cool down my nerves with some real authentic cuisines, some tropical breeze, some necessary vitamin D on the skin, and also to marvel at the increasing architectural skyscrapers of Dubai​ that has shoot up from the desert in the last 30 years (a vision to turn a deserted desert into an important tourism hub in the world. I think they have succeeded, as I watched with bemusement of different languages filling the air. It got me thinking, how would my vision impact the world positively as they have done here through job creation and other benefits for the populace.

Research has concluded that it is not the length of duration or the destination itself that is good for our well-being, but rather the anticipation of the impending travels. It helps to shift our minds from the mundane, the school runs etc.

It allows us to behold the beauty of the universe and creatures accustomed to different regions and climates of the world.

What am I saying? I’m saying go ahead and booked that trip, either a solo trip, with friends or family. It doesn’t have to involve air bounds, it could be a road trip to the next city.

Have you noticed that the very wealthy spending habits has declined on material things, rather they will go on expensive hols to re-charge their batteries, connect with like-minded people and more importantly to create great memories for their friends and families.

I wish you a great summer ahead.

Enjoy! 🙂

Rolling in the deep… thanks Adele!

Great track from Adele… loved this track back then.

I believe I possess some admirable qualities such as perseverance, ingenuity, hardwork (as we say in London, I’m a grafter mate or a hustler). These strengths also exposed some vulnerabilities in me to be honest. I don’t have a term to ascribe to it, but I’ll try. I realized that I like to have 100% control over a situation and usually falters when I have only a 40 – 50% input to contribute – the missing half can lead to stress and headaches, not to talk of heartaches!

This brings me to the subject of stress. Stress is a silent killer that has been well documented in medical journals. Stress can hide under a fit body composition (32″ waist, shredded torso, tanned skin or those perfect glutes on instagram). It can hide under those perfect smiles, hiding under the chassis of that F-type red Jaguar whilst cruising on the country lanes – oh boy! I can dream.

Whilst creativity and perseverance are good traits, learning to reduce stress and handle trigger points are vital to our long-term health and well-being.

Please kindly refer to the link below for further information if needed and I will very much welcome your feedback on how you handle stress in your lives.

http://www.stepsforstress.org/

Mastering self-control

Self-control: a trick I mastered a while back. Let’s assume you won the the employee of the month and the prize comes with a vintage bottle of French chardonnay. A well deserved prize and you enjoyed the 1st glass, then the second glass… if I go for the third, it means to me personally that I have to be more disciplined (plus the ‘law of diminishing returns starts to set in). The assertion here is that we do derive pleasurable feelings and satiety from something that is not totally good for our health and bodies, we must be aware of it. 

I recently received a box of delicious desserts and instead of kicking back in my pyjamas with remote control in hand (Netflix, Games of Thrones, Homeland, Prison Break are on television these days), I decided to take the box of deserts to work and share with colleagues (I call it ‘sharing my fat’, the irony here is that I don’t recall ever taking my ‘Kale & Goji Berries’ smoothies to share. I hope you got my drift… share that bottle of chardonnay or that tray of delectable assorted cakes/deserts with others (you will get brownie points for that gesture!) and savour that Kale and Spinach smoothie with coconut water mixed with couple of Brazil nuts for selenium on your own.

This is the format I am introducing to two of my friends as we embark over the next few weeks, a journey of changing our consumption habits and incorporating moderate exercises which will leads to high performance and productivity. I have noticed that when I am agile and physically strong, I can handle challenges from a vantage point.
What do you think? Please like, share, contribute, comment. All tips, topics and suggestions are welcome.

This brings me to a response I received from a contributor that wants me to highlight my take on will-power and staying positive in the midst of life challenges. I will address this topic in my next blog.

Enjoy the bank holiday weekend!