Thank you Jacqui Meney Dalgleish for the following article you posted as this really struck a chord with me and is something I have been moving towards for the past few years. Maybe it’s wisdom in old age but money isn’t the answer to everything, and we need to take time to think what is really important in our lives and makes us truly happy.
Steve Jobs last words
“I have reached the pinnacle of success in business.” In other people’s eyes my life is a success.
However, aside from work, I’ve had little joy.
At the end of the day, wealth is just a fact I’ve gotten used to.
Right now, lying on my hospital bed, reminiscing on my life, I realize that all the recognition and wealth I took so much pride in, has faded and become meaningless in the face of imminent death.
You can hire someone to drive your car or make money for you, but you can’t hire someone to stand sick and die for you.
Material things lost can be found again. But there is one thing that can never be found when it is lost: Life.
Whatever stage of life we are currently at, in time we will face the day the curtain closes.
Love your family, spouse, children and friends… Treat them right. Cherish them.
As we get older, and wiser, we slowly realize that wearing a $300 or $30 watch both give the same time
Whether we have a $300 or $30 wallet or purse, the amount inside is the same.
Whether we drive a $150,000 car or a $30,000 car, the road and the distance are the same, and we reach the same destination.
Whether we drink a $1000 or $10 bottle of wine, the hangover is the same.
Whether the house in which we live is 100 or 1000 square meters, loneliness is the same.
You will realize that your true inner happiness does not come from material things of this world.
Whether you travel first class or economy class, if the plane crashes, you go down with it…
Therefore, I hope you realize, when you have friends, brothers and sisters, with whom you discuss, laugh, talk, sing, talk about north-south-east or heaven and earth… this is the real happiness!!
A life of regrets
Wow what amazing profound words spoken by a man who seemed to have everything but in fact had very little.
I lived a life of striving to achieve big things and I thought that the answer to everything was being successful in business and having all the stuff that financial success brings. I did succeed financially in business but along the way I experienced two failed marriages and loss of many other relationships because I was too busy chasing that dream.
That dream doesn’t exist if you don’t bring the people you love along with you. If you leave them behind, you will never experience the happiness you are striving for. It is better to take a lot longer to make it in business than to focus everything on that financial success.
Work in your high energy periods
I now spend less time working on my business but by being super organised and working hard in my high energy times I achieve a lot more in less time. This gives me time to rest and recover and also connect with the people who are important in my life.
What I have found by working this way is I have more time for relationships and this time around I have a very happy marriage. Julie and I spend every evening together enjoying each other’s company and building a solid, loving relationship.
Stop working and rest
I don’t work in the evenings, and I focus all my attention on Julie where we eat together and watch Box Sets together laughing and crying and just being best friends. I am not obsessed with having the most successful business in the world as I want to enjoy every day.
By working smart and having plenty of time to rest and build relationships I find that I am having more success than when I was rushing around working long hours desperate to experience that success. In a way and unbeknown to me I was in fact pushing the success away by trying too hard and being desperate.
I now work less and have more success and most importantly I have fantastic relationships with all the important people in my life.
Thoughts for the week
- What is your work/life balance like?
- Are you sacrificing relationships for success at work?
- Read the words from Steve Jobs again and see if this is you.
- This week think about all the important people in your life and analyse if you are sacrificing your relationship with them for success at work.
- Make a decision today to start working on these relationships otherwise one day you could be in the same place as Steve Jobs regretting the decisions you made.
Well that’s it for this week have a wonderful weekend and keep connected.