We liken our process of learning/unlearning to that of pruning a tree: sheer growth – removal of co-dominant stems – purposeful growth. Throw away everything we learnt and enjoy those few precious pearls of wisdom I gathered along the way.
Our career veterans consider that individuals (and professionals) should be able to condense their skills and achievements into a single defining sentence. The Seven Wise Men's top business consultants consider anything else as “work-in-progress”.
Our teams believes that a person’s life truly begins after he or she has reached self-fulfillment and self-actualization.
Anything prior is mostly a work-in-progress and it doesn’t matter if you’re rich or not, the only thing that really matters is whether you have attained 100% inner peace.
However, examining your habitual outlook on life and finding ways to improve it is a difficult task to do alone. Oftentimes people can’t find the time or can’t identify the root causes of problems that prevent them from reaching their goals.
As business and management consultants, our services are based on our own level of personal awareness and professional competence developed over three decades of personal experience and social and professional interactions with people from 41 nationalities in 3 countries. Our solutions are custom-made, and not ‘quick-fix’ or simplistic solutions. There are no effective ‘one-fits-all’ concepts, despite what we may read in a book or learn during a course. The way we see it, a business consultant should assist you to break down complex problems into their simpler elements and make them manageable and solvable.
- He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils
- Many blunder in business through inability or an unwillingness to adopt new ideas. I have seen many a success turn to failure also, because the thought which should be trained on big things is cluttered up with the burdensome detail of little things
- Neither a man or nation can exist without a sublime idea
- Wise men put their trust in ideas not circumstances
- So long as new ideas are created, sales will continue to reach new highs
- I get the facts, I study them patiently, I apply imagination
- Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity in imagination
- The method of the enterprising is to plan with audacity and execute with vigor
- Efficiency is doing things - not wishing you could do them, dreaming about them, or wondering if you can do them
- The greater part of progress is the desire to progress
- If we will it, it is no dream
- No man ever made a great discovery without the exercise of imagination
- Find a purpose in life so big it will challenge every capacity to be at your best
- Leave no stone unturned
- People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in thus world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them
- The problem is not the problem. The problem is my attitude about the problem
- Executives who get there and stay suggest solutions when they present the problems
- To make the common marvelous is the test of genius
- The more a tree is pruned, the better is the fruit
- To get your idea across, use small words, big ideas and short sentences
- A man to carry on a successful business must have imagination. He must see things as in a vision, a dream of the whole thing
- Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and idleness, its opposite, never brought a man to the goal of any of his best wishes
- The will to win is worthless if you do not have the will to prepare
- Progress in industry depends very largely on the enterprise of deep-thinking men, who are ahead of the times in their ideas
- If you wish to leave footprints in the sands of time you must wear work boots
- No good man ever became suddenly rich
- Put your plan first together first. Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses defeat
- When i speak the people say ' how well he speaks', but when Demosthenes speaks the people say ' let us march
- Those who stand for nothing, fall for anything
- Go to your highest thought about yourself. Imagine the you that you would be if you lived that thought every day
- The world exists the way it exists because you have chosen for it to
- There is nothing you can not be, do or have. Would you believe me if I promised you less?
- The soul conceives, the mind creates, the body experiences
- Life has no purpose except the one you give it
- Choose the action that ‘Change’ sponsors and experience the fully glory of who you really are and who you can be
- The divine purpose is to create and know yourself experientially
- Create the experience
- Discover yourself, create your Self
- You can be, do and have whatever you can imagine
- Thought is creative
- Seek it no longer. Call it forth
- Evolution is the purpose of the soul
- The soul is after the feeling
- Life is a creation, not a discovery
- Thought – word – action
- My role is to always give you that opportunity
- Your life proceeds out of your intentions for it
- Change a sponsoring thought: act before you think
- To pull off a transformation on any scale, you need vision, grit and guts
- No idea was ever produced by inductive or deductive logic. Analyzing the past an crunching the existing numbers to produce the future does nothing more than extrapolate the future from the past
- If you can’t imagine it, you will never create it
- “if you can’t measure it, it doesn’t count’ is a prison that managers have built for themselves, lock themselves in and threw away the key and then complain about being unfairly imprisoned
- In organizations in decline, a kind of learned helplessness settles in
- Companies break out of a downward spiral by confidence, supported by structures and disciplines that make it possible for people to count on one another
- Flashy personalities and bold visions are overrated. A pep talk without evidence is empty
- Companies that successfully reinvent themselves have one trait in common: tracking the basis of the competition in their industry, renewing their capabilities and nurturing a ready supply of talent
LIFE AND BUSINESS TAKE-AWAYS.
- People who succeed in life “too-early, too-fast” tend to become victim of rapid success and easy money; they may get intoxicated with swift success and tend to become abusive or ambivalent.
- A clever person would combat problems in a similar way to that of a white blood cell, which encircles a foreign pathogen and ingests it while other blood molecules go about their business.
- Writing things down will liberate a professional’s short-term memory, organize his or her thought-processing, and exponentially multiply their ability to consciously learn. Writing enables a person to channel and prioritize their energy and resources.
- It’s very difficult, near impossible, to pull people out of poverty even when they are offered a helping hand. The majority of disadvantaged people lose confidence and hope to turn their fortunes and allow their personal circumstances, complacency and/or cultural/religious beliefs to dictate that social mobility is a remote possibility.
- Disadvantaged people evolve when their economies become more developed and sophisticated [and the pain of staying the same outweighs the pain of change].
- Reading is not enough for individuals to appreciate the subtleties of the content and real-life applications. Reading without experiencing is a forgetful practice and the true meaning of words goes unnoticed.
- In a similar way to ‘Augmented Reality’, utilize introspection to superimpose and associate the notions from many of your literary readings onto events of your life. This merged view enables you to better judge the worthiness of theories presented in books and the credibility of their authors. The nuggets of wisdom you gather along the way will then be engraved in your conscious and unconscious mind.
- Reading is more educational and meaningful when done in hindsight. That way, the reader might be able to add some value to the content instead of just being aware, agreeing or disagreeing with the author’s personal opinion.
- One of the hardest things anyone can do is to push against an entire culture by holding on to nothing more than their own personal beliefs.
- Explicit praise and compensation can become empty rewards and would most probably trigger acute partisanship and polarization in a volatile workplace; while indirect positive reinforcement strikes the right balance between encouraging performance and maintaining authority.
- We need to own part of the blame for many of our antagonistic relationships. That’s why we must renew our patience toward, and good faith in, human nature and hold back our urge for vengeance.
- You should not ‘forgive and forget’; you would fare better to ‘forgive, learn, then forget’. The learning aspect will lead you onto new directions and opportunities that would have otherwise remained unexplored.
- True success is about constantly uncovering new prospects and making the most out of them. Sustainable success must be replicable, transferable and delegable. If one does not understand the reasons behind the success, it may fade away upon the slightest change in surrounding circumstances. Success factors must be established and one of the most difficult questions, “Why” must continuously be asked.
- You may eventually realize that you could not change the world; the best you could hope for is changing your very narrow and immediate inner circle and hope others pick up a distant interest, if any.
- A detail at one point in time becomes a headline at the next moment. Only timing dictates which detail becomes a major issue and vice versa.
- You must create your own rhythm; one that is purpose-built towards long-term endurance rather than short-run sprints. You might take a beating, but would not fail.
- Money will only buy you the time to find your feet.
- The tone and content of each correspondence or interaction must be as simple as possible and customized to suit the personality type of the prospective customer.
- Readers would like to know they’re dealing with another human being not a business robot.
- Forward-1 rule: if someone provokes you, do not jump the gun and get agitated and emotional. Just focus on why the person said what they said, then go to the next logical and singular thing to do or say in order to know how to react properly and appropriately.
- The ‘One Forward’ Rule
- The purpose of any business action is to discuss one, and only one item, at a time.
- At each successive contact, one new item must be discussed to move the process along.
- You don’t have to tell a prospect about everything your goods and services will do in each communication. All you need is provide enough info to elicit a response and move the process along.