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The Secret – The Vision, Be True to Yourself.

The thoughts of Richard Osborne on many subjects over the years.

The Secret – The Vision, Be True to Yourself.

This is a very short post to highlight something that has just struck a chord with me. I’m in the process of writing a talk that I am giving to Enterprise students at the University of Northampton this coming Friday, and as part of this preparation I am reviewing some talks I wrote several years ago to recap through my business journey when I came across this statement…

“…what I can say is success is relative to what you want out of life. I don’t have the big house in the country, or a flashy Mercedes-Benz, but I have a comfortable life with a fantastic wife and kids. That to me is success.”

That is part of a talk I gave to students at Nottingham University in 2006, and it reminds me of how I felt back then and compared it to how I feel now. My values have not changed one bit. What is more important to me than any materialistic success is my family and my friends, I care about all their well being more than anything else and will help anyone if I can. Yet what really strikes the cord, what really has surpised me and really made me stop and think this morning is that I do now have that house in the country and I do now drive that flashy Mercedes-Benz. I’ve got those things and without focusing on them and compromising who I am, they have just materialised by my doing what I enjoy and focusing on what is important to me as an individual.

When I think about what has happened in my life and without my realising it makes me appreciate that yes you need vision, yes you need focus, but don’t focus on things that really are not important to you. Focus on the things that you feel represent success and the rest will come whether you expect it or not. Many books will tell you to have pictures of big houses and yachts or cars to focus your dreams on, I have a picture of my wife and children. Is the flashy house or car important, not really but now I have them I enjoy them and the house represents security for my family. Perhaps it’s related, I don’t know, but I would not be being true to myself if all I focused on just achieving the materialists objects in life.

Comments (2)

  1. Jan 26, 2011

    I think Lao-Tzu summed it up very accurately when he wrote the following about knowing yourself

    Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom.
    Mastering others is strength, mastering yourself is true power.

    It’s cyclical once people understand themselves; they become better people, happier, more productive and usually more successful.

  2. May 16, 2011

    When you invest in the process, the results always take care of themselves. Neat post.