Sunday Thoughts (a book I just read)

I like to read, and now that I’m down in Florida, I take great pleasure in trundling down to the beach with a chair and a book for an hour or two.

There’s something about the waves in the background that make reading even more enjoyable.

I came across a book recently that I’m still thinking about this morning. It’s by a tech guy named Guy Kawasaki. Very successful, worked at Apple, an author, speaker… you name it.

And when a guy reaches 65 like this Guy has, and seemingly has it all, you’d think he’d be content to rest on his laurels a bit. But he isn’t, and I pulled a few takeaways from this book that I thought were worth sharing.

Here are the top 5, at least for me:

1. Find people who challenge you. Our tendency is to surround ourselves with folks who think and act just like us. But Guy says we should seek out and embrace those who challenge us, just like Steve Jobs did for him. If you put yourself out there, with an open mind, those people will find you, naturally. Listen to them… you may learn something, even about yourself.

2. Never stop learning. This goes well with the first lesson. Guy believes that once you stop learning, you start dying. Learning is not an event, with a beginning and an end. At 62 years old, he decided to try surfing. Now he may not be the best surfer, and maybe he would have been a lot better if he started at 22 instead of 62… but he is richer for the experience.

3. Prioritize relationships. Nobody is too busy to develop new relationships. Getting what you want, whether it’s help when you need it or a recommendation, advice or just someone to grab the other end of that couch when Karen wants to rearrange the living room (ok, maybe that’s just me)… it’s about who you’ve taken the time to get to know along the way.

4. Say “yes” more. I know I’ve talked about the power of “no” some here. But Guy likes to default to a yes, for the possibilities that open up that might never happen otherwise. You may worry that people will just take advantage of you. And some will, of course. But the upside of helping people outweighs the downside of getting the short end of the stick from time to time, in his mind. It’s given me something to think about, anyway.

5. Don’t take things personally. A lot can change if you don’t take offense. This isn’t easy. One time, he was trimming his hedges in front of his house and one of his neighbors came over to ask if he did lawns too. She assumed that he was a landscaper. But when he shared this story with his father, his father told him to get over it. It was an honest mistake. If you give people the benefit of the doubt, you aren’t looking for problems. And let’s face it… if you go looking for things to be offended about, you’re going to be angry your whole life. And that’s no way to live.

I don’t always live by these lessons. But I have taken them to heart, and hope to put them to use in the future.

Because what I do here is about learning, and growing and sharing with you. And hopefully it makes a little difference in your lives too.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

God Bless,

Jeff Reagan

Editor, Patriot Health Alliance

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