Hard Thinking not Hard Work

by James on November 15, 2017

Falcon 9 leaves Cape Canaveral on Oct 11, 2017

I’m a great fan of Elon Musk.  His #10 rule for success is “Work super hard”.  And he’s not the only one who says this.  Many people say this.

And yet there are many of you who “work hard” but don’t feel that it is bringing success. So what’s the problem? How does hard work become success for Elon Musk but not for you?

Here’s a thought.

When you say ‘work hard’ don’t you really mean ‘work a lot’? Maybe we need to redefine what ‘hard’ means.  When you work a lot, it’s hard because you get tired, you have to concentrate for longer, you don’t see how life is going to get easier, you don’t have a rosy view of the future.  You are urged to keep slogging up that mountain. And then what? Then you die.  When you are faced with this view, it is no wonder that retirement looks like a great opportunity!

It’s not so much ‘hard’ as ‘lacking purpose’.

To get out of this way of thinking requires…thinking!

Thinking is what Elon Musk does to come up with his impressive goals. He said to himself that one day life on Earth will be obliterated by some catastrophe, so we should get on with living somewhere else (Mars).  He said to himself that almost all energy on Earth comes from the Sun, so cut out the middle man (fossil fuels) and harvest it directly.  Simple bits of logic that lead to a dramatically different view of what to do in life and provide purpose for everybody that works with him.

He is a natural for this.  Most of us aren’t, and that is why I say it is ‘hard’. But it is what we must do first to get the sense of purpose that will take the ‘hard’ out of the work we do to make it happen.

40 Days and 40 Nights

by Lorrie on May 3, 2017

James shares his insights about 40 days and 40 nights sabbatical…

Are you feeling stuck in your life uncertain where to from here? Do you feel like you need time to think, in the expectation of finding a new direction for yourself? Is there a bit of dissatisfaction going on in your life (personal, professional or business)?

Lorrie also shares a few ways to get to the bottom of the dissatisfaction

Wishing you a SPECTACULAR week ahead and look forward to hearing from you.
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Lorrie A. MacGilvray & James La Trobe-Bateman

…and Claire. International Business Dog

You live and learn. What are your biggest lessons learned?

by Lorrie on May 2, 2017

James & I share how the lessons we have learned over the past 20 years are not about technical expertise, business models, data analysis, how to sell or anything obviously related to business.

Today we’ll share with you what lead me to leave a very good corporate job for an unknown partner, an unknown country and an unknown business future… Intellectual James’ biggest lesson helped him to now understand what you need for success in life beyond expertise.

Claire. International Business Dog says “Hello” in this video as well.

Wishing you a SPECTACULAR week ahead and look forward to hearing from you.

Lorrie A. MacGilvray & James La Trobe-Bateman

…and Claire. International Business Dog

Hello from Canary Islands-Spain!

by Lorrie on April 25, 2017

It’s not all sunshine and sand here.. James; Claire, The International Business Dog; and I are very busy working as well. We are celebrating an Amazing milestone of 20 years in business… Time absolutely does fly when you love what you do and are having fun while doing it…

Always listening and working to create even greater value for you… In today´s video James and I share with you “Achieving Really Big Goals. Then What?”

We hope 2017 is lining up to be an AMAZING year for you and would love to hear about it!

Wishing you a SPECTACULAR week ahead and look forward to hearing from you.

Lorrie A. MacGilvray & James La Trobe-Bateman

…and Claire. International Business Dog

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