Four Things For Friday No.4
Each Friday, I share “Four Things For Friday” that are a collection of things I’ve seen, heard, or experienced during the week. Thoughtfully chosen, and intended to spark your curiosity, imagination, or inspiration. HAPPY EXPLORING!
The quote that inspired me this week.
This quote by Lewis Carroll from Alice in Wonderland was an unexpected reminder that all too often it’s easy to slip into thinking something you’ve thought of is impossible to achieve. Your rational, logical thinking kicks in - your mastermind (or so it likes to remind you) and ego get onboard. Before you know it, your idea has been beaten down and batted-off - before you’ve even tried it.
There are so many ideas we all have, yet the execution of those ideas often falls short. Partly because sometimes we think it’s easier to “think” our way into a solution rather than just do it. We hold ourselves back by striving for perfection, or not knowing the “how” of executing so we give up, or we make excuses that really have nothing to do with the idea. Maybe it’s a sense of fear that creeps in, or we don’t want to fail or look silly. Whatever the reason, it stops us in our tracks, we don’t build momentum in creating opportunities to try - that muscle doesn’t have the chance to exercise and build.
Your brain is naturally predisposed to think negatively and be risk adverse - while that helps us survive and it’s an important part of our existence, we need to be aware of it. If it’s left alone it dictates our engagement in life and the choices we make, ultimately missing out on the joy of doing, building and creating.
If you’ve had any moments where you hold back - I have, then this is for us. To remind ourselves that the impossible is possible. As Audrey Hepburn said. “Anything is possible, the word impossible, says I’m possible.” When you have an idea and it just won’t let you go, just start doing things to turn it into a reality. If you can dream it, it can be reality. Go for it.
What did I do for the first time this week - and what did I learn as a result?
I drove a MONSTER truck. It might seem a simple thing to those of you that are used to driving giant vehicles. But, here’s me, originally from England, where roads are smaller and car parks, cars and the road system match the environment. So, early one morning this week I climbed (literally) into the truck and the words from my driving instructor (from 20+ years ago) pop into mind “Sarah, adjust your seat, check your mirrors, survey your surroundings, locate the gear stick…” Gear stick? Good point, where is it? Ah.. it’s where the indicator stick would be. Ok, next, “seat belt, mirror, signal, maneuver.”
Driving this truck was great fun! While I admit initially I felt a little uncomfortable I took to it like a duck to water. Coco Gauff’s reference to the Hoosiers movie scene came to mind. The way to drive this truck is just the same as a car, it’s just a bigger vehicle. You can do this - And do it, I did. This simple experience reminded me I can do so many things, I can learn and adapt and take on something new with ease, and the little bit of discomfort that might take hold is not going to hold me back from experiencing and doing something.
What book am I reading?
Trillion Dollar Coach - The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley’s Bill Campbell. What an incredible book! Bill Campbell helped build Google, Apple, and Intuit and helped create over a trillion dollars in market value. His lessons are valuable.
The quietly understated coach sadly passed away in 2016 yet his service of thanksgiving was attended by dozens of technology leaders - Larry Page, Sergey Bring, Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos, Mary Meeker, John Doerr, Ruth Porat, Scott Cook, Brad Smith, Ben Horowitz, Marc Andreessen! That’s quite the gathering. Bill was loved by many for who he was.
The book is by Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg and Alan Eagle, and it’s superbly written. A guide and unveiling of some of the practices and techniques Bill used throughout his career to coach some of the most remarkable individuals in the industry.
What has struck me reading this book is the level of compassion, care, and love (yes love) that Bill bought to the table with what he was doing, and how he coached others to achieve new heights and be the best they could be. He had a people manifesto that he knew upside down and back to front and by all accounts lived by.
This book is well worth the read, whether you work with a business, have your own business, or even just want to learn how to connect more with others. It’s remarkable.
What simple pleasure did I enjoy?
A sunset. No matter where you see a sunset, whether it’s glittered with yachts, or in the poorest most rural place on earth, the experience for a moment or two is unique and connects us - it is soul fueling.
It’s also nature’s way of reminding you that when you live your life from the wholeness of who you are, you will shine.
We all carry thoughts that no longer serve us and block us from glowing, and it is a life long practice to learn how to release those thoughts. It prompted me to share some ideas of how to let go, which you can read more of here.
Have a great weekend! Find a simple pleasure to indulge in and enjoy.