Jack Welch, 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 I came to the realisation that I pick my dates by using the same system Jack advocates for finding employees, I realised also that what is not evident to those unfamiliar with the likes of Eckhart Tolle, Ramana Maharshi, Robert Adams, Jack Canfield and many other motivational speakers, spiritual leaders and similar types is that what Welch highlights most in his book is actually a self-development/spirituality basic: attitude.
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 bases on your ego, which is this fragile self-image we all try to build over our lives in our minds in the effort for a comfort zone, for the likes of feeling special, needed, irreplaceable. But all that’s all non-sense. You continue to go on even if you are replaced, 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 nicer 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 mind-set you start seeing the world from a different angle.
Your self-confidence plays a large part in this – attitude is a lot about your level of self-confidence. Dr. Nathaniel Branden explains how those around us with a positive, can-do attitude are actually individuals with high levels of self-esteem, and although for some of us that self-esteem is cultivated in our childhood, for those less fortunate it is a habit-harnessing system we put in place in order to build and sustain healthy self-confidence.
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 around me. 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. We all say we want to move forward, but we seldom do. The reality is, we take pleasure and feel self-important when stating that things are complex.
All in all, Jack’s “winning” extends beyond business to winning in life.