I hope you had an amazing festive season.
As we begin a new year I am pleased to announce (for anyone who doesn’t know) that I married in December. A day I will remember for the rest of my life.
It’s fair to say that in the run up to the big day, there was a huge amount to plan and it was a very stressful time for both of us and even our families. But the day went perfectly, and we enjoyed an amazing honeymoon in Thailand. For anyone who hasn’t visited Thailand, I highly recommend it.
The thing about being on a break is that I usually have my best business ideas when I finally stop to relax. This break was no different, but that isn’t what I want to share today.
What I found in Thailand was an extremely service orientated culture. Nothing was too much trouble. There wasn’t one person I met who didn’t go out of their way to make sure my break was the very best it can be. The people I met weren’t cash rich or money orientated which surprised me even more. I spent a lot of time thinking about how they do this, because it looked so effortless. I really wondered how they managed this balance, and genuinely meant their kindness.
I met with one of my suppliers on my return and was explaining this to her. I asked her if she had any ideas as to how such a calm outlook on life, and business could be achieved, even when it was clear that in some areas, they lead a life that some of us would look at and consider very simple, possibly even underprivileged. She looked at me and said “Maybe they don’t sweat the small stuff – and you know, it’s ALL small stuff”.
Asking where on earth she got this phrase from, she shared that she had read a book entitled exactly that. “Don’t sweat the small stuff – and it’s all small stuff”. By Richard Carlson. I have now started to read this book.
It’s based on simple ways to stop the little things taking over your life. My supplier was right. The people I was privileged to meet didn’t sweat the small stuff! They didn’t “sweat” anything! They seemed to have this understanding that life is more than profit, money, and stress. Ironically they had a profitable life as a result. The culture, the relaxed atmosphere and the impeccable service was perfectly balanced.
My goal for 2013 is to learn from the Thai culture and build this into my business. I truly believe that business can profit and also be laid back. If you had told me this before I went on honeymoon I would never have believed you. Now I can see the vision. How about you?
Read this book, enjoy and make your business better for it.
Happy New Year
From Richard Cooper – virtual office visionary
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