Why we should never be normal
We all make choices every single day of our life, and often we don't think enough about the impact of those choices and what they mean to future opportunities that may lie ahead.
I've been back in Melbourne for a week and it has been an eye-opener for so many reasons and this journey continues to help me better understand who I am and what I want to be in the future.
A few years back, I made a decision to expand Marketing Eye internationally. There were many reasons for that but namely because I believed in the brand and its value to the market and ability to scale. The second reason that only one person ever brought me to account on, was that I was bored. My life was "amazing" by anyone's standards; travelling the world, meeting people, having exciting adventures and in general really 'having it all' - at least by most people's standards.
But I am not most people. I don't wake up in the morning not sure what I am going to do, nor do I not take every single opportunity in front of me and give it a go.
I show the same passion I have in business, in life. So much so that I wish I was a little less passionate sometimes and a little more neutral to some situations. In the past few years, I have been madly in love, heart broken, sacrificed myself for something that I believed in and completely and utterly done things I would not have done in any other situation. At the same time, I have been brutally honest and laid my heart on my sleeve. I have had unbelievable highs where in moments I have felt I could not ever be more happy, but like anything in life, I have also experienced the lows.
Business does mirror your personal life. When you are blissfully happy, you tend to be more open minded and productive in the work place. Somehow you make better decisions and you create opportunities. People want to do business with you and be around you because you are "happy" and the energy that that brings off is contagious or at least we hope so.
I have slapped myself over the wrist so many times because I have wished that I could be "normal" and have a normal day at work and a normal private life. I have looked deeply into those around me and studied like you would doing a PHD, how people work and play and finally I have decided that not being normal is ok. What isn't ok is if we don't adhere to our personal values in everything we do whether its work or our personal lives. Every person has an agenda both areas and its exhausting working out different people's agendas.
In the workplace, deciding whether someone who comes to work for you is just doing it as a stepping stone to another job, or so they get a salary, or because they are passionate about making a difference to the small businesses we work with - is always a challenge.
When it comes to your personal life it's even more real. My family and friends are amazing and every single day I thank god for the fact that they are in my life.
I live in a bubble and there is good and bad that comes from that. If everyone is walking one way, it is important to walk the other - not just because you want to stand out, but because who knows what may be there that no-one else is ever going to see.