I’m sure we’ve all dreamed of going back in time and giving our younger ones advice that can change. everything.
Unfortunately, time travel is not invented. More. But we have the next best thing: smart people with a lot of business and life experience.
So, to gain a little more wisdom in my life, I contacted a selection of technology executives and business leaders and asked them what advice they would like to give to their younger selves.
One of the first people I spoke to was Dr. Christian Bush, the author of the bestsellers. The Serendipity Attitude.
He began by giving some advice that we can all live by: although we can’t “always control the situation, we can always control our reaction to it.”
Bush told me that every time he’s in a difficult set of circumstances, he wonders what he can learn from it. Then, if something good can come out of the situation.
If you take this curious and questionable approach to difficulties, separation can turn into a better relationship or “loss of a key customer. [can provide] opportunity for rethinking [your] the company’s business model. “
In other words, adopting a calm and thoughtful approach to accidents can turn a bad situation into a rewarding experience that shapes what you are in the future.
This topic of avoiding knee reactions in difficulties is also something that Kit Colbert – technical director of VMWare – raised during our discussion of the business advice he would give to his younger self.
“Massive industrial transformations are taking longer than you think,” he said.
Colbert told the story of how in 2014 VMWare tried to cope with the emergence of containers and the like Dockerbelieving that “changes caused by these technologies” will occur in 12-24 months.
Instead, the impact took years to fully feel, as it takes considerable time to “mature the overall state of technology.”
Colbert wanted to point out that this “does not mean that you can rest on your laurels.” Instead, you should “invest your time in the right long-term strategy, instead of making short-term cuts or compromises.”
This is key in both business and life. The pace of the modern world puts pressure on us to react quickly to any trend, makes us feel that our ability slips between our fingers if we do not act right now.
This is often not the case – and focusing on doing the right thing over a long period of time will lead to better results than a hasty project that is poorly planned.
However, do not confuse this advice to think long-term with inflexibility.
As Dr. Christian Bush told me, “Planning is important, but life happens, and the unexpected will shape much of it.”
You can “have a compass and make a plan – but allow the unexpected to become part of [it]”
Simultaneously with a long-term vision and Being flexible may sound counter-intuitive, but these are not hard and fast rules. The point is to try to find balance and openness while being true to yourself and your beliefs.
This last point is something of Namrata Sandhu – co-founder and CEO of Wowa tool that helps companies track and reduce carbon emissions – we discussed with me when we talked about things she would have wanted to know when she was younger.
Sandhu said she grew up in an environment where she was a scholar [to] dream big “and they told him that” nothing is out of range “. Therefore, the risks and challenges were something that never overcame her – but she did not meet the same thinking wherever she went.
With this in mind, it would encourage people not to be discouraged by those who do not share your values. If you stay “true to what you believe in,” the right people in both business and life will eventually surround you.
This topic of communicating with other people is something that Brian Mullins, CEO, did Mind Foundryan Oxford University company that aims to promote the responsible use of AI – discussed with me.
Mullins spoke about his path to seniority in the workplace, how he became “busier and busier” and a more responsible position. This, “combined with more and more people in need of your time,” made him feel “more detached and lonely than ever.”
In our conversation, he wanted to make one thing crystal clear: “Everyone goes through this.”
Mullins told me that when a mentor and friend said they felt this type of isolation and loneliness, it was as if he had “lifted a lot of weight.”
Acknowledging that you have problems does not make you weak – quite the opposite. Building a business, family, friendship or something else on this issue is difficult. And when you’re really interested in something, emotions can hit you harder than ever.
Never be afraid to feel – or admit – that things are not as good as you would like them to be. They will change.
Okay, so we may be far from time travel, but it’s never too late to try to be a better person – and if you follow the advice given by these experts? Well, you will almost certainly become one.