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