I found myself at the World Business Forum for a few days this week courtesy of Hitachi Limited, and had the pleasure of listening to Tom Peters speak over a client lunch.
I also had the pleasure of spending some time with two Chief Executive Officers’ and a General Manager, all from industries as diverse as Utilities, Sports Administration and Banking and Finance
Both of these great experiences for me as I love to learn from the thought leaders of my generation, and enjoy more than most things, to understanding the business challenges people are facing and the ways they are looking to respond.
In terms of Tom Peters, there were a couple of key takeaways that I would like to touch on.
- “The notion that someone would aim to be less than best-in-class is completely foreign to me” is how Tom Peters started his talk.
What a great motto to live your life by. Resonated with me on so many levels, and reminded me of the great Robin Sharma. It encouraged me to keep aiming high and not looking to settle for anything less than excellence.
- He then talked about “Whoever tries the most stuff wins” – and he did this in the context of his neighbor (the Nobel prize winner) who whilst he may not have been the smartest person in the world at that time, was the person that ran the most experiments that led to the discovery of that vaccine first. Again – much like Robin Sharma and his thinking around consistency breeding mastery.
Another great reminder to me that if you keep doing the right things, consistently over and over again, ever day, year on year – and that if the vision you work towards is pure, true and innovative – you will achieve the success you reach for.
He finished by talking about “the basis of mastery is he who can make the most screw ups fastest” and that failure is something we really don’t celebrate enough.
Because for every successful business or individual; before they became a success they made a whole bunch of mistakes and failed miserably in a number of ways. But they didn’t let that stop them … they kept on trying more and more “stuff” until they finally “cracked it”.