Today is the last day at work for my trusted business manager Phillippa Goodwin.
She’s off to walk the Camino Trail in Northern Spain for the next 6 weeks – no doubt a life-changing sabbatical (I just hope that she she returns it’s not to tell me that life as my wing-man is no longer attractive and she’s off to eat, pray and love somewhere).
In the interim, I welcome Lucy Ash, who will be Phillippa’s stand in for the duration and has provided back-stage support before.
Lucy and I are bound to step on each other’s toes for a few days as we learn to dance but I’m sure we will soon be gliding around the dance floor with as much grace as ever.
Have I at any time worried that my support may suffer during Phillippa’s absence?
Not one bit, because I surround myself with great people all the time.
So how do we do that – attract great people?
The answer is remarkably easy, once you “get it”.
Don’t allow people into your life who are not great.
I’ve been prompted to remind a few clients recently of their priorities when it comes to organising a life:
- Yourself – practice Extreme Self Care, because when you are at your best, you are best able to serve others;
- Your immediate family – you cannot fire your kids, so you had better make sure to create environments in which they become the best version of themselves;
- Your patients (clients) – they ultimately pay the bills. They are also your most valuable marketing collateral;
- Your team – you are doomed to do “everything else” if you don’t attract great team members;
- Your suppliers – they deserve to be treated with respect and to be paid on time;
- Your community – those of us who enjoy success have a moral obligation to give back;
- Your species – we agree to conduct ourselves in an orderly and civilised fashion.
One secret of a happy life is to avoid any people who don’t play the game of life by those rules.
Be a great person (OK – perfectly imperfect – but as great as it’s possible for you to be).
Attract great people.
Serve great people.
Bon voyage Phillippa.
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