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Sunday Column (261)

Whenever I am at the barber looking at myself in the mirror for minutes at a time, I notice how old I got. Not only the grey hair but the crow feet, the wrinkles in my face. Midlife crisis? Maybe.

At the same time I am managing better in terms of life life balance and exercising. This includes an investment into new trainers after two years in my old ones. Over the past few years I learned a lot about looking after myself. Stretching before exercising and how to exercise for better results. I am doing ok I believe, for an amateur anyway.

Wearable tech, whether a wrist band or an iPhone watch, will soon be a common item to have too, in order to monitor your health. I am looking forward to this, not that it doesn’t already exist, but I want to see which wearable tech is making the mark. I already monitor my sleep, my moves, my alcohol consumption and have a diary for my exercise. I am doing ok, and by monitoring all this, I am aiming to improve all of it.

There is room for improvement. There always is. And if there is a week without exercise or to much drink, I am not beating myself up for it. Life is there to also be enjoyed and I do.

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What we want to achieve in life is down to us. Our dreams. Our goals. Our actions. We decide how we react towards a threat or challenge or opportunity. We decide how others make us feel. We are the ones in charge of our lives. Of course, we influence how others feel too.

I might repeat myself, but Steve Jobs, when coming back to Apple from NEXT, got rid of the museum in the office to rid the place of anything old, its past. Instead he got the company to look forward. His successor this week was talking about, and allegedly very intensely, to shareholders that not every action of a company needs to result in revenue. He was alluding to sustainability, working conditions and so on. I suppose it is a cultural thing.

Whilst of course Apple is a different size of company, and not every company can afford doing the above mentioned, the idea should be engrained in every entrepreneur. Working in sales I am always revenue driven, yet sometimes you have to take a hit for the bigger picture.

Yes, I could happily do only fun things without worrying, but one has to put the hard work in to see the results. And for a company this is revenue. For your workout this is a healthy lifestyle. For monitoring your sleep and life, it is all about self improvement, optimising what you need to do.

Let’s be realistic. Nothing is ever perfect. Life just isn’t like that. It will never be. But with the right attitude, tools and determination you can make it pretty good. Make this dent in the universe. If we all make that little bit of a difference, then the overall accumulated difference will be huge.

Before I drift further I will stop. Things like greater conscious and sustainability come to mind. And, that life will just happen regardless. Hence you better be prepared. No matter what, life goes on.

What a lovely weekend we had: sunny weather, cutting the grass and sorting out my little bit of natural garden.

So make the most of it and go with the flow.

Have a lovely week,
Volker

Sunday Column (205)

This week started really on Sunday night with us having had friends over for dinner. I feel like I am really settling in and enjoy life in our community. Other parents, kids, activities, sharing. Latter seems key to build good relationships. We have long arrived in Hassocks and go with the flow. Probably one of the best things I have done in life so far. Settling down.

On that note it has been a year this week that we sold our old house and put an offer in on the current place. Time flies.

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On Tuesday I started running again. I find myself very unbalanced on Mondays. This is due to back-to-back meetings and follow ups you never really get on top of, followed by discussions, frustration, joy and curiosity. In other words: Mondays seem to be a roller coaster ride and you never know what happens. Tuesday results in lots of follow ups.

I tend to either fast on Mondays or if I have a meeting I aim to eat reduced calories: salad, lean ham, no bread. Latter was the case this week. Anyway…

Whilst running on Tuesday I watched the BBC’s/Dave Attenborough’s Africa report. When I was a teenager I red Grizmek’s Serengeti shall not die and was fascinated by the continent back then. I had a chance to go to a Kenyan wedding a few years ago but just couldn’t afford it. Now with the kids and the political instability in most states, I am not sure if I would dare to go. Having said that I was in Egypt a few years ago for work.

As a child I loved animals. Most children do I suppose. I loved the wildlife of Africa. From the beetles to the lions. The metamorphosis and evolution as well as adaption of wildlife to a hostile environment in some parts is amazing. It still seems like an untouched place, the birthplace of mankind, mystical, dangerous yet amazing, vast and calming at the same time. I love Africa.

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One day I will visit it. Maybe a safari or so. With the family. Until then it will be a dream. Friends of mine used to live there. Someone I know still does. I have chosen to stay, to finish university, find a job, settle down, have a family and pursue a career. Others have decided to follow their (own) dreams, found a family on the way and will eventually settle down. Pros and cons. I follow my (own) dream. Ever since I was 17 or so I wanted to be a manager. I never really knew what a manager does. Managing things I suppose πŸ™‚ I follow my dream, however it might not have been too exciting. However, exciting enough for me.

On Wednesday I met another potential extra curricular activity in London. I walked away from that meeting being amazed. Having thought that I have seen most, experienced a lot, those guys just added to it. I believe that might have been it. Decision made. Would they want me to join? I don’t know. Again, it will take a while until I find out and make a final final decision. I keep you posted πŸ˜‰

I finished reading “How to win in the sports of business” this week. Mark Cuban describes his entrepreneurial life story which is quite fascinating. Keep at it, get your teeth into what you are doing and take risks. Loved reading every word of it.

It has been an interesting week with lots of facets of life. Some disappointing ones but I work on that. Not even for me but for other folk. I more and more experience the WE of happening. Not to worry about myself but about my fellow colleagues and friends which then in return will work in my favour. The Secret. The greater unconscious. The greater good. Life is falling into place and I am in the middle of it. At least that’s how it feels. And it is a great feeling when you think the universe is moving into the right direction.

Before I waffle on too much, let me finish here. A networking party this week, a good start into February and long days at the weekend best describe the rest of my week. New faces, ideas and lots to think about. I am loving my life at the moment. Make sure you love yours. Be in it. Live it!

Onwards and upwards.
Have a good one,
Volker

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Sunday Column (177)

Writing my Sunday Column is more a “Friday on my way home from work task”. I often write it up on Fridays and then add the weekend as and if it is interesting. This Friday I was off and thanks to my wife got some work done on the house, spend less time with the kids than anticipated but instead got some “me time”. So that was nice. Time for me to return the favour some time soon.

Anyway, this week my thoughts were all over the shop. 20120720-152536.jpg Yes, this picture tells a story of an excellent wine, and a good chat my wife and I had over this bottle. Direction. Family. House. Life in general. My Buddhist friend always said whatever you decide in life you will get the right challenges and end up where the universe wants you to be. The greater good? The greater god? The great unconscious in the universe?

Actually I was asking to meet a few folk this week and were thinking about meeting someone I haven’t seen for a long time. A day later I met him in the tube, then got a phone call from someone else I was thinking of. Maybe weird but beautiful. You ask for something and the universe replies.

It made me think if everyone says they are happy with 2 million as a lottery win, then maybe I should ask for 10 million πŸ˜‰ You know what I mean? Maybe I get a tad too crazy out there but I believe in the power of unconscious and that all answers are out there in the universe ready to be tapped on.

Stephen Covey died this week. Anthony Robbins wrote a post about the 7 habits of highly effective people. One of my first management training books I ever read. A no brainier really. Well done, Stephen, you left this world having made a difference.

This reminds me of Steve Jobs. 20120720-153632.jpg I got his “making a dent in the universe quote” on the back of my personal business cards. I love it. It becomes a mantra. To make a difference, to be better. Not to make more money or be more crazy but to leave this world in a better state than when you arrived. If everyone could make a small dent, a small improvement, we would all be better off!

For me this is bringing up my two boys to be good and friendly citizens, smart and hopeful capable of making their dent. We somehow carry a responsibility with us. A responsibility to maintain and improve. I want to make this dent. And I will too. Not quite yet but eventually.

So you see I was thinking a lot. I was given some time. The weather is still awful. Our house got a new wardrobe, linoleum in the garage, some paint and a hole in the kitchen ceiling repaired. And my weight bench arrived too.

We are getting there.

The weekend was good to. We went to a networking family event in Kent courtesy to Fortune Cookies, and we went to Brighton to get my wife’s iPhone repaired. The weather was great and we spend good family time together.

Exciting times πŸ™‚

All the best for next week,
Volker