3 life principles

We often hear the saying “nice guys finish last”, or to succeed in business you have to be ruthless and take no prisoners.

Well, I believe this really isn’t true. In fact, I think the opposite is way more effective.

I honestly believe that good things do happen to good people. A bit hippy and all, but this mantra has proven itself over and over again in my life.

As a business owner, you hear people say “It’s nothing personal it’s just business”. As if it’s an excuse to be a complete dick. This attitude seems to overflow into the way we run our personal lives.

It’s a real shame. Life should be so much better.

I try to live my life by 3 principles.

I don’t always get it right, but I do try. I want to share them with you here:

1: Be polite.

Be kind, open, friendly and polite to everyone you meet, regardless of age or standing. It’s not just good manners, but it definitely gets you remembered for the right reasons. Also, you just never know who you are talking to, so be careful!

2: Be Positive.

This is a tough one to always follow, but stick with it. It’s more for yourself than anyone else. Positivity breeds creativity, which in turn is always the catalyst for opportunity and success. And besides no one likes the grumpy guy complaining about everything. You don’t want to be remembered for the wrong reasons. And don’t hide behind the “I’m a realist” attitude. I call your bullshit on that excuse. Default to positivity and see how much better your life becomes.

3: Grow.

Not physically. (That ship has sailed a long time ago for me.). But mentally, spiritually, in your business and work life. This is always hard for me as I am naturally an introvert and like to keep the status quo but as the saying goes, change is as good as a holiday. So I constantly try to keep challenging myself. Starting a business was part of that. I needed to keep growing and that has certainly been the case. Growing can also mean setting goals and having a dream. Basically just trying to get better. So keep growing otherwise what’s the point really?

That’s it. Simple really!

But this is just me. Other people live differently and that’s completely fine. Variety is the spice of life and all that. But next time you are about to say “it’s nothing personal it’s just business”, remember, if you are actually talking to a real person, it’s always personal. So be kind!

Gareth