Want More Than Money Can Buy?
Have you ever heard the saying if “you’re not growing you’re dying?”
I heard Tony Robbins say this whilst attending his Unleash the Power Within event a number of years ago. However, what did he mean by growing? I have a sense that a lot of people equate growing to having more success, and invariably define that success through the amount of money they earn, or the things they acquire along the way.
For me though, growth is not a judgement on my business success, a nicer car, bigger house or how many zeroes appear in my bank balance. Growth for me is about moving along on my journey to be the person that I want to be. It’s about applying today the lessons that I’ve learnt in the past, to move me towards that person I want to be in the future.
We only ever live in the present, yet many of us spend too much time either judging a past we can’t change or being anxious about our future that has not yet occurred. Have you ever done something you would now consider to be pretty dumb? Of course you have, and the thing about that dumb decision is that it probably seemed like a spectacular idea at the time. That is why you did it!
So why beat yourself up now with the hindsight you have? Own the space that you are always doing the best you can with the awareness that you have at the time. The key to your growth though is to not only have those experiences, but to learn from them. Our beliefs are shaped by our past, yet we have a choice to get stuck in them and repeat the same behaviour, or learn from them and continue to grow.
Embrace the past as a learning opportunity. It will lead to you growing in ways far beyond anything money can buy.
Scott Douglas, CEO has over 20 years’ experience in accounting and taxation, having begun his career with international accounting firm KPMG. With extensive experience in a variety of industries and with all types of businesses from local entrepreneurs to national organisations, Scott is perfectly suited to provide solutions needed to minimise tax and maximise wealth. Scott has a Bachelor of Commerce from Newcastle University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
This article was featured in the June issue of HBR mag.