This week another music icon has come to a tragic end.
A fellow facebooker gave me a hard time for not being totally devastated with the loss of Whitney, and for stating that for me it was infuriating, as it seemed to be “self Induced”
I don’t think that all people who die with addictions, intentionally end their lives, but when one sees friends and colleagues debilitated time and time again, in and out of rehab, and still, they choose to continue on this unhappy journey. With all the talent, money and opportunities that these celebrities have; I can’t help, but be a bit cynical.
It ultimately boils down to choice, you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make them drink.
Wikipedia define choice as “ consists of the mental process of judging the merits of multiple options and selecting one of them. While a choice can be made between imagined options “what would I do if …?”), often a choice is made between real options, and followed by the corresponding action.”
Choice and responsibility go hand in hand.
How often do we blame others for the bad choices we make, and yet not give the acknowledgment when colleagues/family give good advice that really assists and serves us well?
“To accept good advise is but to increase one’s own ability” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – German Author
In today’s world where there is so much information available to us at all times, through multiple channels and social media platforms, business expectations have changed. No longer does one stay in one job or one industry from qualification to retirement.
We have a changing work force and this often brings with it a clear generational gap. The younger generations; X’ers and Y’s, do things differently to the older Boomers. They have so much knowledge and information available to them, yet don’t have the depth of experience, and the Boomers have so much experience and wisdom which they could pass on, and at the same time learn and absorb the fresh skills and positive energy that the younger generations do bring to the work place.
Charles Darwin says “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”
Mentorship has through out history has played a vital role in the passing on of this experience, wisdom or work savvy. This recognized advice and support system could be life changing and to both mentors and mentees – as business and personal choices are made daily, as we respond to our changing world.
- What choices are you making in your business or personal life
- What questions are you asking
- Where are you going for advice
- Who is holding you responsible, for choices you make