The Wise Ones

I read a lot of different books about business, leadership and inspiring stories. As a leader and a business owner we must continue to educate ourselves, grow and evolve. Our business is only as big as our mind and our beliefs. None of what I train and talk about with clients is my work or my invention. I wish I could say that it was. It’s a combination of what I have learnt from what I call the Wise Ones. At the bottom of this blog I have given you a list of some of the books that have inspired and taught me that I encourage you to check out.

Simon Sinek; he is a recent Wise One to join the scene, publishing his first book in 2009 Start with Why. Fundamentally he talks about why some people and organisations are more successful than others and how they can repeat their success over and over. Essentially the success comes from starting with Why, NOT what or how and as most businesses tend to do.

Lisa Messenger; she is also relatively recent, a successful Australian entrepreneur running a fantastic magazine called The Collective. In her book Daring and Disruptive published in 2014, Lisa dedicates an entire chapter to knowing your WHY and bases a lot of her success on that and self belief.

Mark Bouris; he wrote What it Takes in 2013 and again dedicates an entire chapter to knowing your purpose and be clear on your virtues (values). He also has stayed clear to why he does what he does and doesn’t deviate from that higher WHY.

They are not the first to have the philosophy to start with Why. Another Wise One in 1989, Stephen Covey, coined the The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People stating habit number 2 is to start with the end in mind. Start with a principle centred mission statement that then transcribes into long-term goals.

Let’s go even further back to Napoleon Hill in 1925 wrote The Law of Success in Sixteen Lessons. Lesson one; A Definite Purpose. Knowing our purpose to create a life’s work provides us with the constant springboard to bounce back from.

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. This was said amongst many other wise words by Confucius (551-479BC). My take on that is essentially love what you do and do what you love.

These are just a few of the Wise Ones. However it demonstrates that the philosophy of starting with the end in mind, knowing your why, or having a definite purpose goes back long ago. What this demonstrates to me is that this is a philosophy worthy of taking on. I would rather prove them right than waist my energy on proving them wrong.

Some of the books from my reading list:

  • Start with Why – Simon Sinek
  • Daring and Disruptive – Lisa Messenger
  • What it Takes – Mark Bouris
  • Lean In – Sheryl Sandberg
  • Thrive – Arianna Huffington
  • Loosing my Virginity – Richard Branson
  • Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey