I have always said that we should remain grateful and humble until the day we die. On the same note, we should also respect an achievement which hard work and determination has been an integral part of. Bearing this in mind, do we really understand and respect what hard work is in 2016? Or, have we simply dismissed the responsibility of collective achievement and responded with greed?
This picture may not tell you a thousand words, because it doesn't have to. It shows you the truth in about three: vision, change, loss.
As part of the social campaign #HNHsyd I was able to understand how loss often plays a major part of re-determination and achieving the success of your vision. In fully understanding where this man has come from, here is our interview:
“I used to work as an engineer… I built buildings like those ones over there [signalled to high-rises]”.
“But I injured my hands and I couldn’t work again”.
“So I retired and came to Australia”.
“Now I just sit and read”.
“I think I’ll go back to japan when I get older”.
“They don’t really look after old people here…. Just stick them in nursing homes and get someone else to look after them”.
We all have so many opportunities in front of us. Our current lifestyles have been built through hard work and skilled productivity from our predecessors, and we should never take their life's work for granted.
As grateful as I am, I am also focused on bringing my own life's finest work to the table, and if our predecessors have taught us something, it would be to prepare and execute for the future - not the current situation. Too often individuals are complaining and uncomfortable with what they have. If I can build businesses from a $200 camera at 14-years-old and my grandparents can rebuild a house from hand after it was washed away in a flood, you should think twice before you complain about the sight of your desk on a Monday morning.
People often take my stance on the corporate culture and business management as very liberal, but I don't. I think that whatever side of the floor you're on, we can all share gratitude and humbleness while we ALL achieve great things.
Stay humble and stay prospective.