What has a hosepipe got to do with your efforts, and helping them go further?
I’m always on the lookout for a good analogy to share, so in this bite-sized episode I share the opportunities this one presents to get the most out of your career and non-career activities.
[00:00:00] Andrew: Hi everyone. And welcome to this week’s Monday memo and you know, me, I’m always on the lookout for a good analogy to share with you, particularly if it helps improve the outcomes of our efforts and so on our career non-career outcomes. And one of them actually involves a hosepipe. So, so what I’d like you to imagine is that you’re perhaps holding a hose pipe say next to your waist and the water just comes out, it just goes out a little bit. And it’s the grass, the floor, the concrete, the path, whatever. But just say for a minute, you put your hand near the tip of the, to hose pipe where the wash is coming out and maybe put your thumb just over it a little bit so that it increases the pressure of the water because the gap at the top is narrowed a bit
[00:00:47] what then happens to the stream of washer that’s coming out. Does it keep falling down onto the path or, and said because of the narrow hole that the more focused that’s put around the gap at the end, does the water seem to go further entre faster, maybe a greater speeds because it’s under sort of increased pressure to go forward and do something with it.
[00:01:08] And that’s what happens when you narrow the focus on the top of a hosepipe is that the washer coming out tends to go further, faster with more energy or seemingly more energy or momentum behind it. And I guess that’s got great application to our careers because if we start putting more focus around certain things, Then our efforts probably will go further and have more of an impact or at least appear that way to give us the energy to keep ongoing.
[00:01:36] So by maybe narrowing the focus on certain things like the career outcomes, how many of you listening today have I’ve recently looked at your careers or the roles you play outside your careers and say what does that look like in a ideally for me, what. B-roll where would it want to be?
[00:01:54] What type of work would I be doing that I would really enjoy in finance? Perhaps in a part of finance, like the FP and a, or treasury or accounts or somewhere maybe even associated maybe a business partnering role with sales are going to be embedded in an operation. So for a period, What geographic location what type of conversations you involved in focusing on those things allows you to pay more attention for those opportunities that can come up to help you get there and also on the non-career stuff.
[00:02:23] Cause it’s gotta be maybe balance on appreciation of both. You need to know what’s aiming for. What you’re focusing on. So how much time are you spending at work and not at work? I talk about activities. Are you doing outside of work? What rules are you playing at? What rules do you want to ideally be playing at how much time and effort and outcomes you’re looking for from those like time we spend with our family and friends and what the sort of things we’re doing there or within our community.
[00:02:51] Where are we giving back? So having an idea folks, and that allows us to go further on those efforts and activities and talking about activities. That’s I believe were another area we perhaps should be focusing on is what we’re doing with whom. And is it getting us near a sort of those ideal outcomes we were just talking about?
[00:03:14] So maybe at the start to be tweaked looking saying is what I’m intending to do this. Aligned with the focus I’m putting around the outcomes we just discussed. And if not you have the question is it really worth doing them consistently every week? But I appreciate sometimes urgent things happens that you have to drop stuff, but hopefully that’s not happening too often because otherwise you’re losing focus on where ideally you would see yourself in a perfect scenario.
[00:03:44] And also that. One thing we can control too, and focus on is where are we spending and prioritizing our time? Is it again on doing those activities? Are those activities, the right ones for us are one way of figuring out if those activities are right and the amount of time and what types of things we should be doing there.
[00:04:03] And with whom I find, that’s why we get a great benefit from the guest mentors we have in the strength and the numbers show who come on and share with us. How they focused on things and how they determined whether or not an activity was the right one to do the lessons I learned from it, how they prioritize their time.
[00:04:21] Now we’ve got some really cool tips in terms of people figuring out how to better understand what areas of themselves to focus on by doing servers like disc or these, this colors one, or also blocking time out of their diary on a Friday morning. To focus on their next bit of training, or even taking some time to do some gift box activity, particularly in these virtual environments that the playing field is quite level where we can put our skills and finance and an accounting perspective into helping others do good and also develop new relationships and friendships as well and a good sense of giving back to the community.
[00:04:59] So again, you’ve got really scientists, guest mentors are coming on and sharing those stories.
[00:05:05] Each week and actually we’ve got some very interesting ones coming up. We’ve been very busy during the summer recording. So look forward to sharing those episodes with you. We’ve got a really good mix of gas mentors. We got people from financial services, backgrounds, entrepreneurship. We talk about things like fem tech as well.
[00:05:24] We’ve got an ex CFO of the world.
[00:05:25] We discussed with another gas mentor, how the logistics industries has been going in the wake of a pandemic and how things are picking up.
[00:05:33] But overall, this really excited sharing and with you, some ideas that might help you gain some of that focus and get back to that host pipe analogy. So if you just put that little bit of focus, extra. On the gap where the water’s coming out, you might just find yourself going a bit more, further and faster than you would have otherwise.
[00:05:51] So look really appreciate you tuning into the show today. Also appreciate when you share it with your friends and colleagues and recommend the show to them. You can subscribe on all the major platforms, iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloud, YouTube, Spotify, and Amazon. Okay.
[00:06:04] Andrew: And thanks again for tuning in. So until next time, take care of yourselves and let’s let’s keep on building our strength in the numbers.