Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric, a man with a 40 year career under his belt, wrote “Winning” as a compelling management guide for those wanting an in-depth look into what success is and how it can be achieved.
Now, besides the fact that I concluded that Jack’s recommended system on finding great employees is basically my way of picking a date, I realised also that what Welch highlights most in his book is actually a self-development/spirituality basic: attitude. Eckhart Tolle, Ramana Maharshi, Robert Adams, Jack Canfield and many other motivational speakers, spiritual leaders and similar types have stressed all the points Jack makes in his book, albeit, his approach being from a business perspective rather than a spiritual one.
Attitude improvement is the first thing you learn about when you start self-development. You learn that the world is limitless and your attitude is the only thing limiting your options. You heard me, your attitude limits your options. And most of the time your attitude draws on your ego, on this fragile self-image we all try to build in our minds over the course of our lives in the effort to build a comfort zone, to feel special, needed, wanted, irreplaceable. But all that’s all non-sense.
You continue to go on even if you are replaced, not needed, wanted etc, and quite successfully I would say, as long as depression doesn’t become your imaginary BFF.
Of course, he emphasises that talent, experience & expertise are important, but the chances of winning without the right attitude are severely diminished. The right mind-set isn’t important just because happy people are nice to have around, rather that when a situation becomes challenging that individual perseveres in the face of adversity. Fear is crippling. And when you understand that fear is nothing but your own internal limitation you start seeing the world from a different angle. Your self-confidence grows immensely under this realisation. It grows because if you come to the conclusion that your happiness is solely your choice you realise how blessed you are. When you realise how blessed you are you no longer fight the world in an attempt to show how special you are, you support the world because you understand this blessing comes with the responsibility of helping others find their own way too. It is a circle of self-esteem, self-awareness and giving back.
Thing is, although for some of us that self-esteem is cultivated from an early age, for those less fortunate, self-confidence it is a habit-harnessing system that we knowingly put in place in order to build and sustain it.
It is a choice we make to act as the holders of our own lives and not the victims of our surrounding circumstances. It is a letting go practice of everything that is outside our control and a transparent way of being. I say transparent as Jack talks a lot about candour, and while he obviously refers to its role in business, candour applies as a general attribute to all the successful individuals I have known over the course of my existence. Successful individuals understand that the best way to tackle a situation is to make it as simple as possible.
Transparency as I call it, and candour as he does, has the ability to do just that: untangle the knots of any one situation, be it in business or your personal life. And once you know what you are dealing with you can finally make a choice on how to move forward.
All in all, Jack’s “Winning” extends far beyond business, into the realm of winning in life.