In the first two lessons in life and business, I discussed my struggles with saving money when I was young, the stress it put on me as well as the fact that we are masters of our own fate are lucky enough to be given that chance.
One of the more important lessons that I’ve come to recognize while running my executive sales recruiting firm is to take enjoyment and smile:
3. Time goes quickly, enjoy things as they’re happening and take the time to celebrate your successes – When I started my executive sales recruiting firm I was simply not equipped to deal with our staffing firm’s growth. Instead of being happy that I started an amazing sales recruiting firm, I spent hours upon hours stressing out about events that were either out of my control or were very improbable.
Instead of taking the time to enjoy each success I had when starting my sales recruiting firm, I strove to be perfect something that none of us could be.
This took enjoyment out of business as I became obsessed with being the best sales recruiter which had me working non-stop. The 18+ hour days would always having me think about tomorrow and how to become perfect.
It was one success after another. The addiction lead me to miss family events and not be in contact with friends.
The last few months of Harvey’s life (see BusinessInsider.com article When You Find a Mentor Like Harvey Cohen), I was recruiting and doing work in the media. I wasn’t fully realizing that Harvey was not going to be around forever and I had to enjoy him while I could.
Chasing after the things that I didn’t have led me to not appreciate the things that were in my life. 7 years went by like the blink of an eye.
Nothing lasts forever; enjoy the things that are here in the moment you’ll be more successful and you’ll be happier. Smile and celebrate your success.
In the next segment, I discuss making money once you graduate college and how to beat out those who are more intelligent as well as rising above corporate bickering.