Sunday, June 22, 2008

Last week one of our colleagues died. He was only 24. I wasn't very close with JP but I do particularly remember one night at the office when he was asking for some relationship advice, a very future linked concern. So it really came as a shock that he passed away already. During the wake, his father was also saying how he never imagined that it would come to this. Life really is unpredictable. Have to make sure that we worry about the things that really matter.

Priorities and values vary from person to person. I've attended / sat in workshops recently that asked for mine and I think my top 3 are: brilliance, relationships and happiness. Not necessarily in that order.

Brilliance
Being brave enough to stand out, stand up and fight for something that one values by being creative and resourceful.

Relationships
Recognizing that everyone and everything, no matter how small, are inextricably linked and leveraging on that powerful truth to make things happen.

Happiness
Using presently available information to make just in time decisions and act for the benefit of long term dreams.

What are yours?

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Fast forward to the present.

Almost one year and happy to say I'm still loving my job. It's scary sometimes because the expectations are so high and I've never even attempted to take on such a large-scale project. Celadon, with its 600 members and strategic partners, was tiny in comparison! But if there's anything they keep telling me to do - it's to start with the end in mind. So I shall. And I shan't look at how high the mountain still is.

Yesterday, Erik Weihenmayer gave a talk. Who is he? He's the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Yeap, you read that correctly. It's hard to believe but he actually did it. Not only that, he has climbed corkscrew rock formations, scaled frozen waterfalls and even gone skiing down mountains. That's what impossible is nothing means. You can read the wikipedia entry about him and visit his website.