What’s your Mt. Everest?

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Yesterday’s news shared that “Yuichiro Miura, an 80-year-old Japanese mountaineer who became the oldest person to reach the top of Mount Everest last Thursday, almost died on the descent. While he currently doesn’t have plans of another climb of the world’s highest peak, he will be doing plenty of skiing.”
http://www.twincities.com/sports/ci_23343727/mount-everest-80-year-old-says-he-nearly
I love this story!! How many times have you told yourself, you can’t do something, it will never happen, or I’m too old??? It’s easy to come up with excuses as to why you can’t, or how things won’t work or to let other people scare you and make you believe the negative. Granted, you can’t rely on wishing something to happen – expecting it to magically occur. Don’t get me wrong- I encourage people often to wish, dream big and think positive… but the real magic comes from ACTION! Miracles happen when you’re putting yourself out there and trying. You may fail 5 times, 10 times, 100 times… but with each failure, you have the opportunity to learn, to grow, to improve! Some call this character building. I like to think of it as true grit – guts- POWER!!! The secret sauce to success is staying humble and open to learn from others and realize you can’t do it alone or just for yourself. Sometimes you need a little help and sometimes you need to consider the greater good. It doesn’t diminish your success by any means. We can see and learn from each of these elements in Mr. Miura’s story. Last week he was quoted in this article: http://msn.foxsports.com/other/story/japanese-climber-80-year-old-man-becomes-oldest-atop-mount-everest-052213 ,
“On his expedition’s website, Miura explained his attempt to scale Everest at such an advanced age: “It is to challenge (my) own ultimate limit. It is to honor the great Mother Nature.”

He said a successful climb would raise the bar for what is possible.

“And if the limit of age 80 is at the summit of Mt. Everest, the highest place on earth, one can never be happier,” he said.”

I’m overwhelmed and inspired on multiple levels!!! It’s not just the fact that he’s done this at 80, but here is a man that is constantly upping the bar!!! Based on his comments, I don’t doubt that he will top this!

I’m humbled by Mr. Miura’s story as he is constantly striving to improve and “honor the great Mother Nature.” It changes my perspective on not only achieving a goal, but forcing me to ask, what is my intention- what is the purpose- what is the value- who is honored and benefits from the achievement of my goal? Achievement could grow to not only include yourself but the world or universe at large!!!! Honestly- if Mr. Miura is doing this at 80, we all have NO excuse to NOT overcome the obstacles to get to the summit of our own personal Mt. Everests!!!!

So what does your Mt. Everest look like? What can you do to break down the tasks to success into achievable bites? (I’m sorry- I can’t help thinking of that joke- How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time…You were warned- I apologized in advance). Can you change the scope to include a benefit for others- for the world or universe at large?

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Are you Happy?

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Personally and professionally I have a bittersweet relationship with the month of May!  Yes the entire month of May.  In review of my career and life many major milestones and changes occur.  It’s exciting to embrace change, but scary.  These are normal feelings experienced by anyone in any phase of transition.   As I’ve learned (whether I wanted to or not), is the universe has a way of trying to help you achieve your desires and the lessons you’re supposed to learn… whatever you think about, whatever you need, happens or appears. It’s how you respond that dictates your next phase.

I recently met a friend that I hadn’t seen in close to 17 years for drinks.  It was honestly like no time passed and we readily fell into old jokes and stories.  It was great!  Then I asked “Are you happy?”  While, there had been a long list of accomplishments, joys and successes experienced by this dear friend… the response – a timid quiet pensive “yes” caught me a bit by surprise.  I was expecting a booming “hell yeah!”   I sensed this longing, like something was missing.  I share this with you because I felt it was echoed in the powerful messages Arianna Huffington shared in her commencement speech at Smith College. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/19/arianna-huffington-smith-college-commencement-speech_n_3299888.html   I encourage you to read it in it’s entirety as the entire speech is entertaining, insightful and inspiring.  Here are some segments I found to be especially impactful:

“But it’s time for a third metric, beyond money and power — one founded on well-being, wisdom, our ability to wonder, and to give back. Money and power by themselves are a two legged stool — you can balance on them for a while, but eventually you’re going to topple over. And more and more people, very successful people, are toppling over. Basically, success the way we’ve defined it is no longer sustainable. It’s no longer sustainable for human beings or for societies. To live the lives we want, and not just the ones we settle for, the ones society defines as successful, we need to include the third metric.”

“What adding well-being to our definition of success means is that, in addition to looking after our financial capital, we need to do everything we can to protect and nurture our human capital. My mother was an expert at that. I still remember, when I was twelve years old, a very successful Greek businessman coming for dinner. He looked rundown and exhausted. But when we sat down to dinner, he told us how well things were going for him. He was thrilled about a new contract he had just won to build a new museum. My mother was not impressed. “I don’t care how well your business is doing,” she told him bluntly,” you’re not taking care of you. Your business might have a great bottom line, but you are your most important capital. There are only so many withdrawals you can make from your health bank account, but you just keep on withdrawing. You could go bankrupt if you don’t make some deposits soon.” And indeed, not long after that, the man had to be admitted for an angioplasty.

When we include well-being in our definition of success, another thing that will change is our relationship with time. Researchers have come up with a term for our stressed out feeling that there’s never enough time for what we want to do — they call it “Time Famine.” Every time we look at our watch it seems to be later than we think. I personally have long had a very strained relationship with time – more in line with a certain PhD from Oxford, in English Lit, actually — Dr. Seuss.”

I was blessed with a mother who was in a constant state of wonder. Whether she was washing dishes or feeding seagulls at the beach or reprimanding overworking businessmen, she maintained her sense of wonder, delighted at both the mysteries of the universe and the everyday little things that fill our lives. And whenever I’d complain or be upset about something, my mother had the same advice: “Darling, change the channel. You are in control of the clicker. Don’t replay the bad, scary movie.”

One of the gifts this attitude to life gave her was the ability to cut through hierarchies. One night, when I was in my twenties and still living in London, a Tory member of Parliament I was dating at the time (it might have been one of those decisions brought on by sleep deprivation) had brought the Prime Minister Edward Heath to dinner. My mother was in the kitchen, where she could be found most of the time, talking to the plumber, who had come to fix a last-minute problem. She asked the plumber what he thought of the prime minister. “Not much,” he said, “he hasn’t been good for working people.” “Let me go bring him here so you can tell him directly,” my mother replied. And that’s how the prime minister ended up in the kitchen talking to the plumber.”

“So please don’t settle for just breaking through glass ceilings in a broken corporate system or in a broken political system, where so many leaders are so disconnected from their own wisdom that we are careening from one self-inflicted crisis to another. Change much more than the M to a W at the top of the corporate flow chart. Change it by going to the root of what’s wrong and redefining what we value and what we consider success.

And remember that while there will be plenty of signposts along your path directing you to make money and climb up the ladder, there will be almost no signposts reminding you to stay connected to the essence of who you are, to take care of yourself along the way, to reach out to others, to pause to wonder, and to connect to that place from which everything is possible. “Give me a place to stand,” my Greek compatriot Archimedes said, “and I will move the world.”

So find your place to stand — your place of wisdom and peace and strength. And from that place, lead the third women’s revolution and remake the world in your own image, according to your own definition of success, so that all of us — women and men — can live our lives with more grace, more joy, more empathy, more gratitude, and yes, more love. And now, Smith College class of 2013, onward, upward and inward!”

Great stuff!!!!   We all have that place, no matter where we are in our lives, no matter what stage, what history, what hardship… we all have the power to “Change the Channel” and to connect to that place from which everything is possible.

Believe and be happy!

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Love Always

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What do the Kentucky Derby and interviewing have in common?

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In watching the Kentucky Derby this past weekend, it may seem a bit odd, but I couldn’t help think of the similarities between the Kentucky Derby and interviewing. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy and admire the ambiance, the tradition, the excitement and beauty of the race, and mean no disrespect.  If anything, I see it as an opportunity to learn and be inspired!!!!

 

  • Especially in this competitive market – only the champions are invited to both the Kentucky Derby and the interview. So many times, I’ve had candidates share they  are completely frustrated because they are getting interviews and not getting the job.  What can you learn from this?  While it is frustrating, stay positive and change your focus.  Commend yourself for getting the interviews.  You are doing something right to have that opportunity and should focus on what you can do different before and after the interview to ensure you are the winner at your next interview.   Here’s where working with a coach can possibly give you that bit of information that you don’t see while you’re running the race.
  • The Kentucky Derby is known as the most exciting two minutes in sports.  While an interview can (and hopefully does- for good reasons) continue for longer than two minutes, your first impression is made in the first two minutes of your interview.  While you should never judge a book by its cover, it’s difficult to turn that perception around. What can you learn from this?  Put your best foot forward, be respectful to everyone, dress to impress, look your best, arrive early, relax and smile.
  • The world is small and many of the horses and jockeys have raced against eachother before and will run together again and again.  One of the things I admire about the Derby is that it’s gentlemanly, rich with respect for others.  You don’t really hear about trash talk in the press.  What can you learn from this?  Your career community is very small.  Treat others well and network.  As you land, there may be opportunities that after you land, may be a great fit for someone else.  Share!  It may come back to you one day.
  • Networking has its benefits.    There’s an area known as “Millionaire’s Row” at the Derby that features elegant seating,  Macallan 15-year whisky tastings and an amazing view above the finish line.  What can you learn from this?  The same skills you use to network into a position, can help you stake your claim to this tony Derby real estate.
  • While there is only one winner, your performance may be remembered and create another opportunity for you.  There’s no better feeling than winning.  The true test of character is showing the resilience to come back as many times as possible until it’s your time to be in the winner’s circle.  What can you learn from this?  Sometimes, when we are in the moment, we don’t understand why we didn’t get that job.  Sometimes, you can give it your all, but it just wasn’t right.  Don’t beat yourself up.  Learn from it, evaluate to see what you can do better and believe that this no, is putting you closer to your yes. Stay positive, have faith, continue to hone your craft, train, practice, practice practice and believe!!!!    

 

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Love Always

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