“Within you there is a stillness and sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.” – Hermann Hesse.
I remember the first time I saw a James Bond movie.
It was watching Dr. No on TV at home in Kilkenny as a child and myself and my brother Mark became immediate fans – subsequently tormenting my parents with our antics in the home to ‘save the world’.
A key part of us buying into Ian Fleming’s world was of course Sean Connery.
May the 4th has been taken over by Star Wars as it’s official day globally, in a playful riff on the phrase ‘May the force be with you’.
In our home it’s an important date for different reasons, as it’s my daughter Jane’s birthday – and she became a teenager.
Because of the unusual situation we’re in globally, we did our best to try and make her day special.
Be assured that within your setbacks most likely are hidden gems. Gems that can make your foundations stronger and that ultimately can create a greater probability of growth – in any aspect of life.
We’re now into the last weeks of 2019. Wouldn’t if be great to squeeze the very best out of it, so that we turn the corner with momentum and set ourselves up for a strong start to 2020?
If you’re Irish and over 40, you’ll know that last week saw the passing of the legendary broadcaster Gay Byrne. If you’re not living in Ireland, think of the most famous person you know in your country, multiply it by 10 and make it personal.
I was meeting Darina to discuss her appearance at my annual networking dinner for women leaders, The Dinner For Ladies Who Don’t Lunch, which takes place in early November.
Over a couple of hours she shared with me some of her story.
What I found fascinating was that most of the breakthrough moments came from adversity.
It was revealed that the founder and CEO of the innovative co-working company, Adam Neumann, had been fired by his board. His fall publicly started on the 14th August when WeWork released their jaw dropping IPO prospectus which attempted to value the organisation at $65 Billion.
I recall observing one of my clients (a smart, experienced successful leader) in a meeting with some of his team. He’d asked me to sit in on a meeting to observe the culture in action and afterwards give some feedback to himself and the team.
“Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” – A poem by Mary Oliver.
A friend shared this poem with me last week, and I was struck not only by it’s brevity but also by it’s power.
I think it’s easy to read these lines and think ’that’s cute’ and just move on with the busyness of life, but I believe they are worth reflecting on.