June 11, 2014

What Do We Really Need?

Look around your house. Look around your office. Check out all the options on your car. Do you need all that stuff? There are a billion people who won't eat today yet we complain about not having the latest gadget or toy. And we spend our waking hours going from meeting to meeting filling time with tasks so we try and reach a goal to then be unsatisfied and set another one.

I'm not trying to be cynical but perhaps it's time we slow down and figure out what we really need in our lives. I overheard a couple at a coffee shop last week having a heated argument over the fact he didn't have the latest smartphone. Louis CK has a great rant about this. We have the patience of an infant and we can't wait two seconds for an email to send. I love his line; "Is the speed of light to slow for you?"

The Bottom Line isn't Money

If we focus solely on a financial or material gain, I think we're missing the point. Sure, life isn't free, we need money to buy things and eat, but are we chasing the wrong goal? Are we truly focused on what we actually need rather than what we think we need to fit in with others?

In our quest to succeed and grow, perhaps we need keep close to mind what we really need or we'll never stop long enough to enjoy the ride. I can assure you, that new smartphone or leather wrapped steering wheel isn't the answer.

Some thoughts as you identify what you really need.
Kneale Mann | Leadership Strategist, consultant, writer, speaker, executive coach facilitating performance growth with leaders, management, and teams.

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