I was recently asked this question by a good friend of mine; "Tom, imagine you wound the clock back five years - what would you do differently?"
Here's my answer:
I find it hard to believe that time goes so quickly, although we can only judge that looking backwards. Parallel to the majority of things in life, looking back is much easier because you don't have the burden of predicting what may eventuate within the future.
The truth of what I would change comes down to one simple question: Why?
To fully understand what I would change, I first have to see why I would change the specific event or action. As individuals, the majority will seek to know what happens, some will want to know how, and a very small percentage will want to know why something has occurred.
I have had opportunities to guide and develop my skills through assisting others over the past years, whether it be through a range of avenues - the reasoning is the same. I have always stated that our actions should reflect our ability to assist and encourage, not discern and manipulate others.As John F. Kennedy once said "Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction" and hence, I have invested my own resources in this concept within my own lifestyle as it is very important to me.
I also understand that in every success, there are challenges which have had to be overcome, otherwise it wouldn't have been a success. In my own life, I used to be conflicted with the lack of confidence with handling adults in business, meeting new connections who would base my ability on my age and also people who would criticise me based on my ability to choose the road with the roadworks. Fast forward a couple of years, and now I'm able to see why this was such an issue... I didn't have the focus of one specific desired outcome, whereas I was focused on making everyone else happy - a costly mistake.
I believe that if something (financial or non-financial) doesn't give you the required return, then you will eventually accept that the investment is just a cost - not worth your resources and energy. Throughout my own development I have been able to understand that this also applies to people, customers, ventures and so on. We cannot spend at the risk of waste. Instead, we must invest at the risk of learning.
In looking back, I am focused on remaining retrospective at all times, because the best is yet to appear in front of us all.
To Our Success