Lunch break talks 2 - Things I wish I knew when I was younger
I like to watch talks during my lunch breaks, so I share some of the best ones I bump into, along with my notes.
There are at least 3 reasons why a talk from Simon Sinek is pretty much always worth your time:
- He picks simple yet clever and entertaining topics
- He is a great motivator
- He’s one of the best public speakers around.
See for yourself.
“See the bagel”
Cafeteria tables, aligned next to each other and a long line of runners hoping to get a free bagel. So I said to my friend “Let’s get a bagel”. He looked at me and said “No man, the line is too long”. And I looked at him and said: “It’s a free bagel!”
- 2 ways you can see the world. You can see the thing you want, or you can see the thing standing in the way
- Focus on your goals, not on what’s standing in the way
- If you focus on the end result, the obstacle is an opportunity for innovation
- Interpret nerves as excitement. Same symptoms (heart beat, sweat etc), totally different mindset
- Being nervous (negative) vs being excited (positive)
Give yourself to your team members selflessly
- The highest performing teams on the planet are not the strongest, not the strongest, not the fastest. They are the ones that give to each other selflessly
- “You are here because someone took care of you and you have the responsibility to take care of others. This is the core of leadership.
Listen first, speak last
- Be a great listener by allowing others to talk first
- Ensure they feel listened
- Great leaders don’t start the conversation, they end it
- Practice to be the last to speak when you’re part of a team
- Don’t panic, so people around you stay calm
- We confuse moments of happiness with fulfilment
- Fulfilment is entirely different
“We all deserve a styrofoam cup”
- Hear the story
- Rewards and accolades are given not to you, but to the position you hold
Cup image is by Marco Chilese