Sexy ideas – Nuggets of Wisdom
Every Thursday lunchtime at Hub Islington we get together over sexy salad. We rustle, chop and nourish ourselves with leafy goodness for a community gathering. And we use the stream of vitamins to get our brains into top form – and reap the fruits through crowdsourcing ideas!
This week we shared nuggets of wisdom that have impacted us both personally and professionally. Do you have any profound insights to share? Add yours in the comments below!
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time
“My father had an elephant statue and he used to say this to me. I found it applies everywhere in life”. A big vision and goals are motivating and essential to know where you are headed. However visualising the mountain to climb can be overwhelming at times. In these moments it’s important to simply take the next step.
Wobbling is a part of balance
Try standing on one leg, are you completely still? Rather than a fixed location between two polarities, balance is an ongoing, dynamic negotiation. In our bodies we unconsciously fire our reflexes every moment for simple actions like standing. During career transitions embracing the wobbly nature of change gives us more facility to respond to the immediate challenges.
Seek first to understand, then to be understood – Stephen Covey, Author of 7 habits of highly effective people
“I approach new clients and colleagues with this intention”. Listening is a key part of relationship building and the first step to uncover a clients needs, resolve disputes and find the communication that can reach them to be understood.
Everything is temporary
Successes and failures come and go. It’s important to celebrate the accomplishments while they last and treat the difficult times as a learning experience. This too shall pass.
Rest is a part of training
“I was feeling burnt out mentally and physically, a friend who is a martial artist reminded me that quality rest is a vital ingredient to progression. The next day my coach helped me create space in my calendar where I feel under resourced and set boundaries for my sleep.”. Having designated times to be on, and off provides a much healthier work/life balance.
“A small act is worth a million thoughts.” – Ai Weiwei
Acknowledge your weaknesses
“I moved to Argentina to study, at the time I had terrible Spanish and understood little of what the teacher was saying. I introduced myself during the break and he was very understanding of my situation and it set clear expectations. Knowing this I gave myself adequate time to complete reading and submit projects as I learnt the language. I asked for help from peers and teachers throughout my study and In the end I successfully completed two 30 page pieces”.
All you need, you already have
It is impossible to be a bearer of all knowledge. However our capacity and motivation for learning allow us to be adaptable. In a changing workforce we must learn new skills and solve new challenges every day.
Striving for perfection can be laborious and slow. Innovative start ups have shown us that making mistakes and rapidly iterating ideas is a viable route to radically successful solutions.
The Jobs that don’t go well are just as important
“In my first job after university my employer and I soon realised it wasn’t for me. She told me that all jobs are important to discover what I care about and what I want to do.”
“If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it.
A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”
― Roald Dahl,