Comment at end
3rd May 2010
Tony Blair on Succeeding in Life
(My thoughts at the end)
“Just yesterday, I listened to Tony Blair share his personal thoughts about succeeding in life. He shares with a lot of humility and immediately connected to the hearts of the participants. Here are ten things he wanted us to know:
1. Have the humility to learn– as Prime minister, he did not carry a mobile phone. The next day after his ten years of being prime minister, he finally carried his first mobile phone. Learning to send a text message was challenging enough and he had to humble himself to learn from younger people on how to use technology. Have humility in what we do is important.
2. Start with an analysis of your current situation– everything in life is inter-connected, we need to understand that there is a bigger world outside the country we live in. The speed of change is very real and what are we doing right now in our current situation?
3. In a fast changing world, we can’t stand still. People have to adapt and constantly learn new things in the knowledge based economy.
4. New thinking and new ideas don’t come to closed minds– How open are our minds? Do we see opportunities instead of trouble?
5. Success = Reaching our potential through education. It is only through education that we truly fulfill our potential. There are many people in the world that have potential but do not know that they can become more than who they can be; this is because they have not seen the possibilities that could be done. Education can help a person see this.
6. Change is the hardest thing– Every time you want to change something, everyone around you will tell you that it is a disaster. He shares about how he wanted to implement healthcare reforms and there was so much resistance he had to go through. This was not something that was popular with the people, but he felt that it was necessary for his country’s sustainability. It is very helpful to get stakeholders to support you and help you through.
7. Success is about creating great partnerships between individuals– Collaboration and partnerships are important in daily living. Purpose of collaboration: To fight for a better idea! The reason why Tony fights for freedom and against terrorism is because he believes in a greater idea that people should not be oppressed and should lively freely.
8. Partnerships and prejudice cannot co-exist.
9. Success is not about doing something, but believing in something. Values do matter a lot. Successful people are single minded in their purpose, but not self-centred.
10. Have a sense of optimism in what you do– You will not succeed if you are afraid of failure. Always believe that what you do can lead to greater good.”
I’m not going to attempt to deal in depth with any of the above items and their messages for today’s struggling politicians.
In any case the lecture was directed at business people, though many of the pointers for politics are exactly the same. The great British public may naively like to believe that such as the we are not really politicans party (Lib Dems, in case you wondered) are different. They are not, or they had better not be unless a ‘coalition’ is ready to throw in the towel. Politics is not ‘show business for ugly people’.
It’s THE business, or it’s nothing.
Some of the party leaders have taken some of Mr Blair’s points on board, to be fair. Or they think they have. Or they think they have enough of the morally principled necessaries to persuade the gullible voters that they have.
I’ll only make one observation from item number one on the Blair agenda for success, where humility and mobile phones collide, figuratively speaking –
– it might have been less worrisome for Gordon and for those in his environs if he too had left mobile phones out of his clutches until after leaving Number 10.
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