Archive for ‘Sprituality’

July 25th, 2017

The Purpose of Life

by persadv

Dear Reader,

Quite often -working with Colleagues and Executives- a few questions pop up regularly, so I decided to post some Q & A’s here for everyone’s benefit:

Q:  Ok, so what you are really asking me is who do I want to be when I grow up?  And the truth is, being a 50-some-year old Executive, I’m not sure…
A:  We are here to help you figure that out.

Q:  What is my Purpose in Life?
A:  To Learn and Grow.

Q:  I sometimes wonder if my prayers are being heard?
A:  Yes. The real question is: Are you listening?

Q:  Who is holding me back from/is responsible for my ultimate dreams to come true?
A:  You are (the sole master of your destiny).

Q: Why do I, people around me (and sometimes it seems entire nations) go through and suffer so much pain?
A:  Because you/they refuse to listen and learn.

Q:  What is the secret for (my) ultimate success?
A:  You are the secret.  If you believe in yourself and what you do, nobody and nothing can stop you.

 

Sincerely, Sage

PS: The little bit of wisdom I shared with you above is not based on any (religious or political) beliefs I may or may not have, but solely based on observations working with thousands of my peers over the decades.

February 10th, 2012

Is the American Sprit broken?

by AskSage

Hi Sage,

I watched Suze Orman the other day and she mentioned that the American spirit was broken due to all the hardship so many of us are facing, do you agree? Looking forward to your response.

All the best, William


Dear William,

Interesting week, wasn’t it? I pondered the same question, because first we see

  • the Super Bowl,
  • then Clint Eastwood coming alive on the big screen during halftime with an amazing commercial http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PE5V4Uzobc (yes, I’m aware of the “political controversy”),
  • then we have Suze Orman on a number of TV shows mentioning that “the spirit of Americans has been broken” and then we have
  • a Brit (Piers Morgan) declaring that it’s only the American Spirit that can get us out of this mess.

Question is, who got it right? Well, this might probably the most important questions of all, William. Because when you get to the bottom of it, we can (and should) ask ourselves, what has made us succeed in the past?

What/who helped us to

  • write the declaration of independence?
  • win the war against the Brits (who had the world’s biggest navy at that time)?
  • get through the Great Depression?
  • win two world wars and
  • become the world’s biggest industrial and military power in the process?
  • invent the internet?
  • overcome 9/11 and become a stronger country for it?

No, William, our spirit isn’t broken. I believe it was the philosopher Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925) who wrote that “Where there is spirit, there is money!” and I couldn’t agree more.

The problem is not that there isn’t enough money or success or spirit in America, the problem is that the system is broken. The money didn’t ‘disappear’ it was ‘transferred’. It’s still there.  Just no longer deposited in your or my savings account/IRA/401K/home value. It’s in other accounts now.

As we bear witness to on TV every night, it’s not corporations nor governments nor armies that make a country strong. It’s always the people. The American Spirit is just coming alive and I would never bet against it. Nor would I ever advise anybody to pick a fight with Clint Eastwood.

Our future is bright, William, we just have some stormy seas ahead of us. No other nation is better equipped to handle them and thrive during difficult times. That’s simply what we do and who we are.

Or – borrowing from Clint’s commercial: We find a way through tough times, and if we can’t find a way, then we’ll make one.

This country can’t be knocked out with one punch. We get right back up again and when we do the world is going to hear the roar of our engines.

Yeah, it’s halftime America. And, our second half is about to begin.”

Sincerely, Sage


February 8th, 2012

Lead, follow, or get out of the way.

by persadv

Last weekend I watched a documentary about/with Ted Turner, the founder of CNN. During the interview his desk came into view. Very prevalently there was a plaque displayed saying “Lead, follow, or get out of the way.” -which, we all know, was originally published by Thomas Paine.

One thing I found a bit surprising was that Ted Turner displayed this quote proudly on his desk (given the politically correct times we live in), but then something interesting happened: I started asking myself how many times in my life I had been falling into either category.

And I found that -while I do have a clear affinity for one of these three categories, there were/are times when I find myself in either one.

Now, the first two are perfectly OK, the third one isn’t: Because being in the way means being an obstacle to others and oneself, whether it is life in general, business, relationships etc.

So I asked myself:

What would happen, if we all were more conscious about whether we might occasionally be falling into the third group –and therefore hinder our own and other people’s progress, growth and overall positive development?

Would it change our behavior, our actions, maybe even the world in general?

I think so. Quite often most of us have a tendency to block growth –mostly due to our ego, angst, hurt feelings etc. etc. Every time that happens we not only miss a chance to grow (most importantly), but we also slow down the world and people around us (albeit not deliberately).

So even some 200+ years after Paine published this quote, it is still valid and obviously triggered these thoughts and Email.

I have hence decided to get one of these plaques for my own desk –with a little twist: Instead of it facing the people coming into my office, it will face me, so that I will be more consciously aware to which group I belong at any given moment –to assure that I contribute positively most of the time.

Hope this wasn’t too philosophical, but I felt compelled to share my little epiphany with you (knowing that at the very least my beloved wife will be delighted reading this).

Sincerely, Sage