Ever hear someone use that old chestnut, 'yeah, but it’s different in the real world.' The real world, in this case, is not an actual place but rather an excuse, a cop-out, a justification not to try. Those people convince themselves not to have a go on something that challenges them with the hope that if they say it with enough conviction, you will go along with it and join in their misery. Don’t listen to them. Have a go, step into uncharted territory and get uncomfortable. The only world is your world - right here, right now. Work out what matters most in your world and get after it. Leave the naysayers to wallow.
It's a delicate balance faced by most leaders to keep up with innovation and expectations while also keeping true to the integrity of their brand's history, culture, and heritage. We love the new Volkswagen Microbus which strikes this balance beautifully. Based on the photos, the Volkswagen Microbus is a super cool version of the historic Kombi. It's received an update as an electric vehicle, and rumour has it that production begins soon, with the new Microbus hitting the market in 2022. In our opinion, it pays clear homage to the iconic vehicle while updating for today's consumers. In an environment where everyone is after the next great idea, remember to look in the rearview mirror for just a second to remember where you originated and what made you stand out in the first place. What got you to where you are today? What do your raving fans love and admire about your brand? Glance back, before you charge ahead.
To kick-off to Roctober 2017 on The Mojo Radio Show, I interviewed co-founder of Spartan Race, Joe De Sena. To say kick-off, I mean he gave it a good kick in the guts! What an incredible guest to start Roctober. A listener wrote to me shortly after listening to the show to say, "Fantastic show. He's a guy that makes me feel inadequate." He then went on to highlight the lessons he learned from the show, and it got me thinking that how we read, see, and hear about success can make us feel in one of two ways. We can feel inadequate and compare ourselves to these successful people and say, "Oh, I would never be able to do something like that." Or we can look at their example and say, "What is my version of that? Where can I apply the same discipline, hunger, desire, and focus?" Joe would be the last person to say, "do what I do." Rather, he would encourage you to take the same attitude and discipline to see how much more you have to give in life. To apply that approach to YOUR passions, YOUR dreams, and YOUR purpose. As fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld said, "never compete, never compare." Take these learnings and create your desires and get after your life. To hear this fantastic interview with Joe De Sena, go to iTunes or click here.
So often we hear advice that tells us to get active wherever we can - in the gym, in the park, on the court - to work the body, lose weight, and get fit. It seems the most successful people in addition to working out their bodies, also work out their minds each day. Take for example Hollywood actor Will Smith who has a simple daily formula - run and read every day. If you are a regular reader of this blog, you will know that I love simplicity. This simple approach to do two things every day, something for your mind and something for your body, is sophisticated in its simplicity. Make a plan now, you don’t have to run, but you can move. You don’t even have to read; you can watch, listen or do. Each day, find something that stretches your mind into new areas and makes your brain more fit than it was yesterday. Books and education in whatever form are good for brain fitness, and we know from volumes of data that you can enhance the ability of your brain through learning, stretching, and nutrition. Is the focus of your attention adding value to your day? If not, start to run and read.