The best advice for the coming year may very well come from thousands of years ago.
These ancient scribes have a lot to say about how we should live and do business in 2018.
“What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.” – Greek Philosopher Plutarch
This was a hard lesson for me to learn. When I was unemployed and depressed, the whole world seemed dark and impossible. Tired of going nowhere, I decided to liberate my mind and began to believe that I could actually get myself out of my poverty. I went from feeling sorry for myself to taking bold action. It worked. We all have the power to change what is inside in order to change what happens outside.
“No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.” – French philosopher and writer Voltaire
How easily we become discouraged in today’s world of distraction. And, how little faith we have in our own abilities. Relax your mind and the subconscious will feed you solutions.
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” – Greek philosopher Plato
We tend to believe that our problems are much worse than those experienced by other people. But the truth is we’re all struggling with something. You can change lives, and build your personal brand, by treating others as you yourself would like to be treated.
“Silence is one of the great arts of conversation.” – Roman philosopher, lawyer and politician Marcus Cicero
I will never forget the first conversation I had with a client who today, is my largest and most profitable customer. Following the chat, she said to me: “This has been a wonderful exchange. Thanks so much.” I barely said a word.
“Life is simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” – Chinese philosopher Confucius
In today’s ever increasingly complex world, people are starving for simple ideas, solutions and methods. Find a way to break down complex issues into digestible and easily understood messages and watch your career soar.
“They went out and happened to things.” – Roman inventor and sculptor Leonardo da Vinci
Millions are waiting for something good to happen. But people of accomplishment do not wait. Indeed, they “happen to things.”
“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” – Aristotle
Let us take time to rediscover our compassion. Be a friend to the friendless. Treat loved ones and strangers alike with something they’re starving for – kindness. Let’s listen more and talk less. Acknowledge people. Be human.