During my twenties I worked as an electronic technician for Schlumberger in Aberdeen during the oil boom (and bust). I was based onshore but had many repair and maintenance trips to oil rigs. I didn't enjoy the job and i wasn't particularly good at it either. I needed a change of career.
As part of an Open University course to help me choose the right career path, I ended up reading some self help books. In a recent clear out of stuff, I found a note which, if I remember correctly was my attempt at summing up self help books. Here's what I wrote c.1989:
- What's important to you? Define it clearly. Change.
- Your goals? Clarify and attack them (!). Expect failures and disappointments but learn from them.
- Be active. Work hard at everything BUT always towards your goals.
- Be passionate, Desire something.
- Role models - find them, study them.
- Be good to yourself. Daily, do something you enjoy.
- Everything in balance.
- De-junk. Keep on of top things.
- Break down tasks.
- Increase skills.
- Nurture relationships.
- Be yourself - don't compare yourself to others.
- Live in the present. Worrying will solve nothing and damage your health.
- Listen to messages that fate can bring. (?)
- Care more and be more affectionate. Empathise.
- Write things down - keep a journal.
- Keep the faith - remain hopeful.
- Eat well.
- Drink plenty water.
I eventually boiled down all self help books to the Nike slogan - 'Just do it!'
Those who know me can now have a laugh at the bullet points I have utterly failed to do!
Anyway, what's a blog post without a picture?