searching for John Galt…
on Apr.06, 2013, under searching for John Galt...
Recently, I have seen several “friends” share on their facebook a photo of Bill Gates holding up a piece of paper saying that if you share this photo he will give you $5,000 …
incredibly, there are many 100,000s of people who shared the photo … hoping that Bll Gates gives them $5,000 ….
Even my 9 year old daughter understands this is just a scam, and no one is going to get “free money” for doing nothing.
But even if they did…
What value does $5,000 have if you are just given it?
So you can buy $5,000 of something, but what value does that something have .. if its bought with money that wasn’t earned?
Our world today seems to be only focused on getting money … and it doesn’t matter how we get it, just as long as we can get money….
It’s like those people who own a gorgeous home that was bought and built with money stolen from me (Lieve Noppen and Thomas Du) … how can they feel pride living in a house that was built with money that wasn’t earned, but stolen?
And the lottery … and all the money and “hope” people put into trying to win the lottery….but what value does the money have to the winner? So what? They can buy expensive material objects, but how does that material object have value to the person?
Think about all the time, energy, and hope people are putting into trying to get free money for doing nothing, or scamming their friends, clients, partners trying to get money.
The concept of “honourable achievement” seems to be forgotten.
Stop hoping someone is going to give you something for nothing … and go out and earn your success.
Last week, I was contacted by the PR Agency of Mercedes Benz who informed me that they wanted Robin Titus to be their brand ambassador for a new car launch.
Robin Titus is the group sales director at naseba and has worked for me since he was 19 years old.
He is almost 28 now and over the past 9 years has been featured on the front page of a major newspaper, spoke in front of 350+ of the regions top business men including the Chairman and CEO of Qatar Airways, was voted top 100 most influential by one of the middle east’s most popular magazines, travelled to 35 countries, built a gorgeous home for his family, and just bought or is in the process of buying an apartment in Antibes, France….
just to name a few cool achievements.
And I once had dinner with a billionaire client from Norway who told me over dinner that before he became our client he had google’d “Robin Titus” and was impressed with how much Robin has achieved at such an early age. Very cool to know even one of the richest men in Norway google’d Robin Titus.
And now Mercedes Benz wants him to be the brand ambassador and face of a new car launch…
While the film crew was in my office setting up, I asked the producer of the project what made them choose Robin out of all the people in the Middle East – why Robin?
She told me that the promotion is on someone who is young, “driven…” and “focused…” and they heard about Robin and his success, and researched him…
And she told me, “but he is even more focused and driven than I expected.”
Soon Robin will be featured on local and global promotion for a new car launch for Mercedes Benz.
I am proud that the face of naseba and one of our leaders has been chosen for such an honor.
on Mar.19, 2013, under searching for John Galt...
Today’s blog is a bit of a ramble, but the theme is important to me, and ideally this discussion will get the reader to reflect on their own lives.
Recently, I had a discusson with an American journalist about a favourite blog theme of mine – “don’t let the losers bring you down..”
We got into a discussion on “losers….” And what exactly I am referring to … when I use the expression “don’t let the losers bring you down…”
The world (esp. now) is full of people who are not achieving in their own lives, thus don’t want the people around them to climb higher.
Negativity is all around us … it’s like an out of control virus and it is killing people’s spirit.
How many great people are brought down by people who are not great, or at the very least are jealous of the spirit of the greatness in them?
The other day, I had a 8 hour bike session on my turbo (stationary bike)
My coach had me do the long turbo session so I could control the wattage, and to hammer me both mentally and physically. (8 hours on a stationary bike nonstop is a challenge)
I never listen to music when I train. Firstly, (for me) the time goes by very slow when I do, and also I think it’s dangerous when on the roads.
But on this day, I listened to music at the 4 hour mark … my legs and mental state were dead, and probably because my phone was next to me … like a crutch, I grabbed it and turned on the music which turned on my phone…
An acquaintance in America sent me a text to say hello and ask what I was up to these days (my music is on my Samsung so the text appeared as I rode) and in the TT position on my bike, as I was sweating and my legs burning, I sent a short reply saying I was in middle of 8 hour turbo session and “and its tough to stay positive because of the pain…”
My American “friend…” replied … “you should stop because you are going to pull a muscle and potentially hurt yourself, and don’t worry you still have lots of time until your race.”
and then sent me another text to say, “why dont you stop, give yourself a rest and call me…”
At the exact same moment, a Russian friend of mine who lives in Dubai sent me a text asking how my training was going – he knew I had a 8 hour turbo session.
So I sent the exact text I sent to my American friend about the turbo session and the pain.
My Russian friend replied: “fight on … all this pain is temporary.”
And then he sent me a couple more texts: “what you are doing is hugely motivating for my wife and I, so all the pain you are going through is inspiring the people around you.”
Then another text: “only 3 more hours left. Do it.”
Then another text: “quitting is forever…so fight on.”
Then another text: “do it.”
I turned my phone and music off, and hammered the last 3 hours and ended up having a great training session – in large part due to my friends great motivation and support.
The power of positive motivation vs demotivation….
Thanks to Rinat, I finished and had a great workout.
I don’t think my aquaintance in america (the guy who texted me) is a total ”loser,” but the value he adds to my life is….questionable at best.
Sophie has a friend who she is mentoring (the young woman is in university and contacted sophie to be her mentor, thus I got to meet her)
The young woman is talented, and seems to be driven … but (by her own account) she often associates herself with people who do not want to go where she wants to go.
Her “friends” … are negative, moaning people who add questionable value to her life.
Last time I saw her, I asked her why she associated with people who were not like her??
Why would you want to spend time with people who just sit around moaning and complaining about things?
How many great people are brought down by their environment — the very enviornment they either put themselves in, or allow themselves to remain?
The secret is to ensure you surround yourself with people who want to go where you want to go.
Not people who just sit around moaning about things, and are jealous of one’s success – and drive.
Do your friends challenge you to be better?
Do your friends inspire you to be better?
If they don’t, I suggest you find new friends.
on Feb.08, 2013, under searching for John Galt...
Warren Buffett made headline news a few weeks ago, when he said, “forget the fiscal cliff, women will save the US economy.”
He was referring in part to how the talent of women and the opportunities for women to use this talent is becoming more and more plentiful.
Furthermore, a study by Credit Suisse published this year found that large companies with female board members outperformed companies with all-male boards.
Companies with at least one female director on the board had an average growth in net income of 14 percent in the past six years, compared with 10 percent for boards with just male members, according to the research.
In 2012, naseba had its best performance, and most profitable year since the company was founded. A (very) large part to this success is owed to a woman – the CEO of the company, Sophie Le Ray.
Several top performers in all offices whether in credit control, business analysts, finance, PR, marketing, operations, production, or sales in the company are women, and recently a young woman was recruited for sales in our Dubai office and although she is much less experienced than all the male employees in the same training school, she sold twice in her first 10 days on the job.
When I look back over the years, I have been betrayed, bull shitted, black mailed, lied to, and robbed by many male employees, more than I can count.
Although we have had… a couple female spoiled babies who were more trouble to manage than the benefit they added, no female employee has ever let me down in the ways mentioned above.
But at the end of the day, “male” or “female”….it doesnt matter. All I care about is results.
The reason why we actively recruit women is because from my experience, women often out perform men - and in the long run, women often prove to be more consistent.
If you are a leader, manager, or at all involved recruiting people – I highly suggest you give more attention to that woman’s CV over the CV of some guy from a fancy university.
And if you are a guy out there somewhere reading this, reflect on why your female colleagues (might) outperform you.
Its way too complicated to try and explain “why” …
But I think it comes down to consistency.
Maybe it is because women are more consistent in focus and in actions?
Also, maybe…just maybe, too many men waste too much time pretending to be something they are not – instead of just getting on with it.
on Dec.24, 2012, under searching for John Galt...
Last week, I was cc’d on someones role memo which outlined KPIs in the coming 3 months.
The employee replied ccíng me: “I will do my best!”
As I read the guys email, I thought to myself does this mean he normally only gives us about 70% effort?? Because this time he says he is going to give us his “best.”
Each time someone said to me: “I will do my best,” invariably, the person failed at achieving what was expected of them.
Therefore, each time someone says this expression to me, deep down inside I am expecting to be disapointed in their performance.
Think about it for a second…
Why do people say to their boss or friend or partner or whoever: “I will do my best…”
Doing “ones best” is to be expected.
Achieve or not achieve … it’s as simple as that.
But lets be frank and honest.
The only reason people use the expression “I will do my best” is because deep down inside they are not confident they can or will achieve what is expected of them.
When he/she doesnt achieve what was expected, they can always hide behind the ol’ “I did my best…”
It’s a pretext for failure.
Just do your job/role/goal until the end … and ensure you do every necessary to achieve whatever it you are expected to achieve; or whatever goal it is you want to achieve.
The new year is upon us … and many people are excitedly writing out new year’s resolution, aspirations which they want to achieve in 2013.
Instead of telling everyone “I am going to do my best…” just make sure you do everything necessary and stay consistent and focused and ACHIEVE.