Recently a co-worker and I attended a Get Motivated seminar, which in of itself was fantastic and I’d highly recommend catching one in your area. My favorite speaker of the day was Rudy Giuliani, format NYC major. Of all the distinguished speakers of the seminar, he had (in my opinion) the most well thought-out and presented personal advice. His advice was delivered by (1) defining a principle, (2) giving direct examples from his own personal experience, and (3) was directly actionable for the listener with a call to action. Thanks Rudy. Here is a quick recap of the notes I took from his talk…
- Consistently be reading a book for work and for personal enjoyment
Always have two books you’re working through. One to improve your occupation and skills, and one just to enjoy reading. Read them all the way through (if they’re worth your time) and move on to the next. Keep enjoying life and learning through reading.
- Copy people you admire, listen to, and learn from them
Have a few people you can specifically name that you admire, respect, and endeavor to learn from.
- Write Things Down
“Nothing helps your critical thinking process more than writing down.”, it focuses your thinking and energizes your ability to think. Include pros & cons for decisions, keep an active action items list, and list your goals both big and small (especially for the people you’re working with)
- Stop and Think
Meditate 5-10 minutes every day. Stop and really think. How you want to improve yourself? What are your goals? And what are your next steps to achieve those goals?
- Love People
Care for people. Invest in people. Be there for people when things go wrong. Friends are the best social safety network. If you’re there for people when they need you, they’ll be there for you.