10 Things I Have Learned in Business and Life

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This is from a talk about my learnings in business & life over the years (from 2006)

This is from a talk about my learnings in business & life over the years (from 2006)

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  • 1. 10 Things I Have Learned Maxims for Life and Business Kate Carruthers FITT Lunch, Sydney 28 June 2006
  • 2. #1 Realise that your career is not your life
    • Keep up your relationships with family & friends, don’t neglect hobbies
    Kate Carruthers, June 2006 10 Things I Have Learned
  • 3. #2 Have a realistic self perception
    • Take the time to learn about your strengths & weaknesses
    • E.g. there is no use trying to be an accountant if you cannot add up
    Kate Carruthers, June 2006 10 Things I Have Learned
  • 4. #3 Be kind to yourself and to others
    • Kindness costs nothing and makes you feel better.
    • If a situation is already bad it doesn’t get any better when we are unkind to each other.
    Kate Carruthers, June 2006 10 Things I Have Learned
  • 5. #4 Have a roadmap of goals & steps to achieve them
    • Goals without plans are unlikely to be achieved.
    Kate Carruthers, June 2006 10 Things I Have Learned
  • 6. #5 Be flexible, always be ready to develop an alternate plan
    • As John Lennon said “Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans”
    Kate Carruthers, June 2006 10 Things I Have Learned
  • 7. #6 Don’t take anything that happens at work personally
    • Most negative stuff that happens at work would happen to whoever sits in your chair.
    • Even if it is personal, refer to back to # 1.
    Kate Carruthers, June 2006 10 Things I Have Learned
  • 8. #7 Know your boundaries
    • Have a clear idea about what you want, what you are willing to give, and what you are willing to take.
    • Be willing to walk away if necessary.
    Kate Carruthers, June 2006 10 Things I Have Learned
  • 9. #8 Decisions are made by those who turn up
    • Participation is important!
    • And it is powerful when accompanied by enthusiasm and passion.
    Kate Carruthers, June 2006 10 Things I Have Learned
  • 10. #9 Apply yourself
    • Each day take a positive step towards your goal.
    • If you fail one day, get back to it the next day, this will get you there in the end.
    • Failure is really just practice.
    Kate Carruthers, June 2006 10 Things I Have Learned
  • 11. #10 Don’t give up on something you care about without good reason.
    • Many people quote Winston Churchill in this regard, but they often fail to quote him in full.
    • It is worth reading the full quotation …
    Kate Carruthers, June 2006 10 Things I Have Learned
  • 12. Churchill said:
    • “… this is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never - in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense .
    • Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
    Kate Carruthers, June 2006 10 Things I Have Learned
  • 13.
    • ‘ 10 Things I Have Learned ’ is available for download on: http://www.slideshare.net/carruthk
    • More about FITT here: http://fitt.org.au/
    ©Kate Carruthers, June 2006 10 Things I Have Learned