I find it incredible how spending time with people can evoke such a sense of inspiration that it cannot be ignored.
Tonight was one of those times.
I was privileged enough to have dinner with a successful business man and hear his thoughts on business and life. Listening to his experiences and advice was not only priceless information, but so inspiring and motivating. There is just something about spending time with people who share your view of the world that bridges age and culture gaps like few other things can. We spoke about business, passion, dreams and about what is worth your time and worthy of pursuit.
Here are some of the thoughts/tips/lessons that came from the conversation between Christine Meintjes, Julie Lim, myself and our guests (maybe more about them later)
- Pursue your Passion. Not Money.
- Chasing money will always leave you wanting more.
- Pursuing your passion will bring contentment and fulfillment weather the money follows or not.
- Being rich is relative. Success is relative. You determine your benchmark for both, don’t chase a standard set by someone else.
- Comparison leads to ungratefulness.
- To be ungrateful is to be unhappy.
- Do what you love and share it with people who love what you do
Finding people who can inspire, motivate and encourage you is worth so much more than experience, knowledge and tools. But more on that later…
Thanks for this important reminder Iaan. It’s amazing how easy it is to become caught up in someone else’s story. Especially when you’re just getting started and trying to take in all the amazing information that’s available out there. And so many are selling the idea that success is easy to come by if you just buy their book, audiotape, workshop or whatever. Hard work, gratitude and genuine connections seem to be the things that actually ensure success though. Looking forward to hearing more from you. BTW- I’m really enjoying the simplicity of your blog.
Thanks Aijra! I am getting more and more convinced that success is almost never the result of a “Big Break” or “Spotting a Gap” but much rather the result of continually making sounds choices everyday. I once heard someone say that it takes years and years to become an “overnight success”
PS – The blog still has a long way to go, but i am happy that you like it 😉
Thank you Iaan your words are inspiring and I’m making it part of my goals this year! Interesting = interested!
That’s great! Let me know how it goes 😉
Dude… seriously!!!! You are damn good – love how succinctly you put across your thoughts, inspirations and ideas – just enough words to convey a powerful message – love it!!!
Wow. Thanks for the awesome comment Gena! Much appreciated. Hope to blog a bit more soon
yes, instantly inspired!
Thanks Juanita! Just re-read this post now and am again reminded of that conversation and grateful once again.