Time management?

Almost daily I am hearing people talking, asking questions and advising about “time management”. I know it is quite big issue as we want to be more productive (read valuable) and time for sure is an important asset.

However, I see a big danger in the way we associate word “time” with something that we can manage. It can give false hope and be misleading to many. Furthermore, it can be very costly for people who will not realize that time is something we can’t influence and manage.  At least not yet :)! Continue reading

So, which way should I go?

Wouldn’t it be fine if I will be sure that direction I am going is the good one? Wouldn’t it be great if I will make choices that are actually in my best interest?

It for sure would! How can I get there? How can I be sure that I am making the right or the best choices?

The answer is, I can’t! All I can do is to make as good choices as possible and the most important,  I can and I should make my own choices!

The only way to get there is through study. I call it stud of our life Philosophy. I know, it sounds scary. You ask yourself now, do I need to be a Philosopher to make the right choices.

Well, yes! There is no other way :). Continue reading

Holidays and life…

I don’t know how it is where you are right now, but in Europe we are starting the holiday’s season.

I love going on holidays. Holidays are for me like a major reward for my hard work. Yes, I do work hard, and although I am traveling a lot for my work, holidays are something else. Of course I like to visit new places, meet new people, taste new food and enjoy different cultures. But the most important for me is the fact that I have much more time with my family. Normally we are all preoccupied with our daily activities. Work, school, household, shopping… During the holidays we can focus much more on each other.

The second major plus of holidays is that I have time for myself. Holidays are for me the most important evaluation time. Time when I look back on the last year.

Jim Rohn once said that “most of the people spend more time planning their holidays than their lives”.

Isn’t it interesting? Spending more time planning holidays not your own life…

It was also Jim Rohn who said that “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what someone else has planned for you?

Yes, you are right. Not much!

Therefore I would like to invite you to use the holidays not only to rest and to reload, to discover and to enjoy, but also to reflect on our lives. When we are out of the daily rush and daily activities it is the perfect time to evaluate if our life plan works well for us.

We could come to the conclusion that we need to design a new plan or adjust the existing one!

Take an evening and write down what is really important and valuable to you. What makes you happy? What makes you stand up early and stay up late with the feeling “yes, this is good”? Discuss it with your partner, with your children. Asked what is really important and valuable to them?

Examine your goals. Is your reason still strong and powerful enough to take you through the difficulties while pursuing your goals?

Think a bit about your attitude. Are you happy with the way you feel about the past, about the future, about other people and the most important: about yourself?

Make a reality check of the activities you performed to get where you are now. Have you worked on the right projects? Do you have the right skills, right tools? Will all you did up till now bring you where you want to be?

Take some time and look at people you spend most of your time with. People that have the biggest influence on you. Do they make you smile, make you happy? Are you growing by being with them? Are you learning new skills? Are you becoming better? Do you have the right people around to do the things that are actually bringing you closer to where you want to be?

Look objectively at your results. Are you making measurable progress in reasonable time?

No matter what the answers are, you will collect sufficient material to create a new plan or adjust the existing one!

Les Brown once said “You cannot expect to achieve new goals or move beyond your present circumstances unless you change.”

Therefore resolve to make good changes and plan your life around all that is really important and valuable to you.

Let’s talk about business…

In my business career I have had contact with many young and not so young people working to earn money. What I found out is that they seldom realize what they are actually paid for.

When I discovered this, I decided to start my own educational crusade. In my crusade I want to help people to realize their potential by understanding some basic market principles.

We have to start with the market. What is the market? The market is you and me! It is the group of consumers who in the end decide what is valuable for them and how they want to spend their money. All other definitions just derived from this one, simple definition.

So what is business all about? Business is to find the way to understand why and on which products people like you and I want to spend money. The business is to find out what is valuable to consumers and deliver it on time and within an acceptable price.

Now let’s look at what we are paid for? When you read my definitions above you can correctly conclude that we are paid for bringing value to the marketplace on time (when the market needs it).

This is the most important principle to understand.

Many people think that they are paid for the work they are performing or for the time they spend on activities. To deliver value to the marketplace, you need to do some activities and it will cost time, but we are not paid for these activities and time!

We are paid for the delivered value that the marketplace is willing to accept and pay for.

So, how can we do that?

I found out that you bring more value to the marketplace by becoming more valuable!

Now someone says:’ but I am only operating a machine, I do not know why and for whom I am producing, I do not even know what this part is for!’
I suggest that you will find out! Your future depends on it! Just by doing that you will be more valuable when compared to others who will not. Now if you will use your skills, knowledge and experience to make things better, quicker, cheaper your value will increase even more!

You see, in the marketplace we have a ladder. It starts with a few dollars to be received on the bottom step and it ends with millions of dollars on the top. So what is the difference between the bottom and the top?

Evidently the difference is the ability to deliver more value to the marketplace!

Someone who can see the trends, needs and possibilities on the marketplace. Someone who can organize people to make the products and to deliver them to the marketplace for an acceptable price and on time will be paid much more than someone who can’t.

The first person will be more valuable to the marketplace than the second one!

Please do not misunderstand me. I know that money is not the only measure of being a valuable person. Someone can be very valuable to the family, neighborhood, group etc. Still the person will not receive much money!

To receive more money the person needs to be more valuable to the marketplace and needs to bring more value to the marketplace.

That is why when I talk to young and not so young people about their income, my advice is to look for ways to become more valuable to the marketplace. It is our responsibility to find the ways, to understand the marketplace, to look for trends and continuously try to deliver better value to people who are willing to pay for it!

Someone can ask: is it really possible? Well this one is almost self-evident. Just look around you and you will see people who are being paid 10 times as much or 100 time as much as minimum wages.

You will not create this kind of money waiting for the increase of minimum salaries or waiting for a yearly increase of the income. You will for sure not get this kind of money by going on strike!

A good question would be: what do I need to know, which skills do I need to have to become more valuable?

My top 7 would be:

  • Learn to listen and to observe
  • Learn to communicate
  • Learn to set goals
  • Learn to sell
  • Learn to organize
  • Learn to recruit the right people
  • Learn to recognize people for a job well done