Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Day 2127 - No matter where life takes you, don't forget where you came from.

Words to live by.


The funny thing about climbing high is that people can forget where they came from.

Once the view changes, perception and perspective can change.  Attitude can change.  Priorities change.  The people around them change.  Where they anchor themselves can change.

Four years ago I hired a success coach to help me launch my children's book series and brand.  Before we even got into the whole "focus" and "goal setting" side of things he said to me "this will become popular and you will start to rise, but don't ever forget where you came from and who helped you get there. Keep your feet on the ground.  Gratitude is everything."


At the time I was just chuffed that he thought that popularity was just around the corner, but I didn't really believe there would be a point where I'd forget where it all came from.

I said to him "that will never happen".

He said "you never know who you will become when you become somebody".

His words have stayed with me every day since.

I've started to look around me at the businesses, organisations and people in Australia who had started as something little and had turned into something much bigger.  Success stories. Local businesses, national businesses and celebrities.

I've started to notice how many of them seem to fly off into the stratosphere seemingly forgetting about all the people who helped them get there.  Losing sight of their values and people focus.

I've also noticed those who don't forget.  Those that still nurture their roots and commit to them. Those that actually see people and who acknowledge those who have supported them since the start.

I think back to what Eric said to me all those years ago.

I say to myself "Don't ever forget where you came from and who helped you get there. Keep your feet on the ground.  Gratitude is everything."

I've got a very long way to go before I've managed to climb my mountain, but with every step I take I'm taking those words with me.

Whether it's in business or everyday life, they're words to live by.

Do you have brands, businesses or people you support because they're grounded?

Are there occasions where you've turned away because something got too big?

What pearls of wisdom have you been given that you live by?




34 comments :

  1. Good for you!! I've never even heard of a success coach - maybe that's my problem! ;)

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    1. LOL. That's actually funny because ... I'm a success coach ... LOL
      But seriously, I am a success coach and I do Skype calls (that's my attempt at a sales pitch).

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  2. My only real pearl of wisdom is to stop caring about what others think of you. Changed my life, that.

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  3. The real people who help me along the way never be forgotten. It is those who jump on the band wagon who can be left behind.

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    1. Those band wagon people are heavy and exhausting ...

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  4. I think they are great words to live by in anything.

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    1. They're so simple, and they are words I think I naturally live by anyway, yet it took someone else to cement them into my brain

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  5. Fantastic words. I think those that start in those lofty places need exposure to those roots, as well. Not everyone is born with the same privileges and opportunities. (Digressing, sorry. It's hard not to with our current national conversations. x) #teamIBOT

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  6. Loving the idea of a success coach!

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    1. I was once told that every good coach needs a good coach. So I got myself a coach. Best thing I did to get myself focussed on that project ...

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  7. Perfect words to live by Leanne.

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    1. I've honestly been feeling more than a bit trampled lately by people I've helped, supported and admired who seem to lose sight of their beginnings and turn into the people they once despised on their way up.

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    2. I've noticed it quite a bit too lately Raych. Sorry to hear you've been feeling trampled. That's not a nice feeling at all. Let's make a pact not to become one! You know ... when we're rich and famous and all ...

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  8. Love the idea! I don't think I'm in danger of too much success but the notion of being grounded is very important.

    I'm really behind in my blog reading so have missed your posts for the last week (and am really sorry for my slackness!).

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    1. Don't be sorry Deb! I think you're doing super well with your blog reading. Better than me!

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  9. I so agree with this Leanne and I have seen it time and time again in the construction world. Managers of construction companies were once apprentices and knew what it was like to start at the bottom and then they become head honchos and big heads who don't know how to relate to their employees. I would often ask my dad how certain managers even became managers because of their absurd snobbery and rudeness. I am so excited for your books. Please remember me when you become world famous. xx ;)

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    1. I think that's a long way off! But I will always remember the Plumbette. Best name ever ...

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  10. Very true words and a great mantra. It is a real measure of character how you treat people when they are down and when they are successful and how you treat people when you are down and when you are successful. If you always treat people with respect and feel gratitude then you are a true success.

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  11. I've thought about this some more and modified - the true measure of success is how you treat people when they are down and how you treat people when you are successful. X

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  12. Gratitude is so important. It is certainly something we're trying to ensure our kids are aware of, and be kind to others. Such simple things to do, but can have such a powerful effect. #IBOT

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    1. Yeah, I agree Emma. Gratitude really is the basis for happiness.

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  13. Absolutely true words! Your success coach sounds like he knows his stuff :)

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  14. Great words! I understand why you would never forget what he said to you! I won't ever forget them now :) #IBOT

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  15. Very important words for all of us x

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