My kid brother is not the same as me. For a start he’s seven years younger (that’s what makes him my kid brother).  I don’t care what age I get too, as long as we are both alive, he’ll always be my kid brother and I will remind myself (and him) of the differences between us. On the other hand in some ways we are very much alike…

I have always tried to live my life to the full.  Not to be reckless but to dare to take on challenges. I like to stretch myself intellectually and emotionally. I like to explore and to discover the undiscovered; to contemplate it and to try and find ways of weaving what I have witnessed into my daily life.

This week my brother forwarded me a text on Facebook that must have already made millions smile. I think you either get it or you don’t.  It said:

“Life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting “Holy shit…what a ride!”

Now the language might offend some people, and for that I apologize but it somehow sums up how he and I feel (probably he a little more than me, to be honest)!  

I have seen many loved ones leave this world, some of them way too young.   This little message reminds me that life is a gift and we should live it to the full, and that is entirely what I intend to do. Not in a reckless or selfish way but in a sharing way; sharing the wisdom of the road, ideas, troubles and laughter.

Now I would like to ask you to do something for me – not to stop here but to continue reading…

My brother’s business is not the same as mine. For a start it’s seven years younger.   On the other hand it’s not that much different either…

I have always tried to run my business to the full.  Not to be reckless with it but to dare to take on challenges. I like to stretch myself and my colleagues intellectually and emotionally, I like to explore and to discover the undiscovered with them, to contemplate it and to try to find ways of weaving what we witnessed into our businesses.

“A business’ plan is not about arriving at a given point safely in a well preserved structure but rather to achieve the mission by deploying  all one’s resources,  energy and focus , shouting “Wow…what a ride!”

Being given the opportunity to run a business is a gift and being given the opportunity to help and advise others on how to do the same is the biggest gift of all. And those who also get the chance should do so to the full, not in a reckless or selfish way but in a sharing way; sharing the wisdom of the road, its ideas, troubles and laughter – lots of laughter, laughter and fun!.

Have a good week

Harley