I bet if you are reading this article, you may have seen my headline and thought ‘Awesome’. I was very lucky to meet up with some awesome people for dinner tonight and we spoke about bad bosses and people that have ripped us off / taken advantage of us over the years.
These days I am very lucky to be surrounded by so many awesome people (including ones like you reading my blog) and like I am sure many of us in Sydney or any big city – we have had crooks and villains come our way too.
I am very grateful for the success I have today and in looking back on it, I realized how naive I used to be.
Over the years I have worked very hard on becoming more savvy and it’s a critical skill. I have some great friends and earlier in my business my ‘Streetwise Smarts’ helped me pick some people who weren’t exactly friends making a move on me.
That is, I could pick some people doing stuff against me and I knew they were only pretending to be ‘nice’ to me in order to get something. What was quite funny about this situation is that they thought I didn’t know what was going on and figured they were probably way smarter than me.
The good news is that I wasn’t really paying attention to what they were saying and going back in time – it got me thinking about people who were just idiots. That is, they were just giving me really bad advice most likely out of jealousy and wanting to not see me succeed. Tragic, but you get some people that do that.
Talking to the positive, I have some awesome people caring for me, supporting me and helping me strive to become more. This is great, totally inspiring and as a component of being ‘streetwise’ it’s critical to know who to listen too and who we must totally ignore.
My advice and lessons? Watch out for idiots! They can pretend to be your friends and may even offer you ‘advice’ that if you aren’t careful will lead to your destruction.
Focus on the awesome people. They matter and mean the best.
Love your thoughts, thanks for the read – and stay awesome!