why success can be as disorienting as failure…

A delightful update to my past post…

Elizabeth Gilbert was once an “unpublished diner waitress,” devastated by rejection letters. And yet, in the wake of the success of ‘Eat, Pray, Love,’ she found herself identifying strongly with her former self. With beautiful insight, Gilbert reflects on why success can be as disorienting as failure and offers a simple — though hard — way to carry on, regardless of outcomes.

Does success scare you if your business works?
Does success scare you if the sale of your business works?

You know what, do as Elizabeth has done and that is, DO IT first, be successful and then worry about working out how to handle the success later!

Seriously, it takes an amazing amount of luck and a very large amount of continued effort to get anywhere. “Success” is elusive. Business is no different. So if you are fortunate enough to become a success (as defined by you) then milk it for all it’s worth. Only worry about how to deal with the following project once you do get there….


Elizabeth Gilbert’s Advice to Women: Get Out of Your Own Way

Don’t wait to be rescued or discovered by anyone, and for heaven’s sake, don’t wait to be given permission from the principal’s office to take full ownership of your own destiny. You gotta do it yourself.

Step forward out of your own lingering residual sense of smallness, take up every inch of life that is your blessed inheritance, and DO YOUR THING.


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3 very powerful words

I had the great fortune of seeing Elizabeth Gilbert last night (in Frankston VIC of all places) and she was fabulous. Thought provoking, genuine, care and sharing, an all-round good human being. Really pleased I made the effort to go (as you know, it’s easier to say No).

Above, for me, was one of her key takeaways and one in which she openly demonstrates by her DO YOUR THING living .

Where are you on the DO YOUR THING scale, between 1 and 10 (10 being so doing it!)?
Anything below 7 needs a rethink, a strategy even…

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