People often come to me and ask me for my advice. Here are my top three pieces of advice:
Use your twenties and thirties to explore and build a foundation
It is so much easier before you have kids to do many things. Whether that’s to travel the world, to work in remote places, to start a business, this is the time to do it. Don’t squander your earlier years because you’ll look back and realise they could have been invested.
Work hard, and know when enough’s enough
When I started MedRecruit I worked 14 hours a day, seven days a week, for five years straight.
It was awesome, until it wasn’t.
Like many business people I burnt myself out working on my mission.
I am all for hard work, but I’m also all for knowing when you need to rest and when you need to play.
Rest and play help us to be better at everything.
Never underestimate the personal impact you are having
Just today I had an employee come to me and tell me about a conversation we had two years ago, and how one thing I said changed the entire course of his life. He had a big decision to make, and I said to him, “Whatever you decide, I’ll back you.”
He told me that for me to believe in him showed him that he should believe in himself, and that set him on an incredibly positive path.
I don’t remember saying it.
How often are the things we say and do impacting the lives of others? More than we know. Be aware that you have the opportunity every day to impact other people’s lives, and that impact can be positive or negative.
Watch your words, for they shape other’s belief in themselves.
I run a course called Board of Directors. Business owners join me for two days every three months and we go deep on their businesses, and their own personal psychology.
Recently we got some HR people in to help us improve our professional development program at MedRecruit.
People often talk about the impact they want to have… In the future.
After a crisis, most people aim to get back to the state they were in before the crisis.
Recently the World Medical Association ratified a change to the Declaration of Geneva, the modern-day Hippocratic Oath, the value-set of doctors worldwide, to include the health and wellbeing of doctors.
I was recently speaking to a group of corporates.
And I had to smile.
I speak to a lot of groups of people AND Purpose is something that I’m big on, and it invariably leads to someone asking the question, “I don’t know what I want to do. What should I do?”
“When is it giving up, and when is it changing direction?” is a question I get asked a lot.
Some people like beer.
Some people like wine.
Recently I was fortunate to attend a good friend of mine’s wedding in Bali. He’s a partner at a well-known law firm in Singapore, and many of the attendees were merchant bankers, venture capitalists and other people in the finance space.