Philanthropy

Being a philanthropist allows me to help promote the welfare of others and  organisations in various industries through giving back what I have gained over the years.

 

Below are my thoughts on how you can succeed in business and the way that I can support your journey.

 

One of my fundamental beliefs is that individuals don't always behave rationally or necessarily act in their own best interests. One way to deal with that "irrationality" in our day-to-day behaviour is to think about our future self as a different person. This technique can help to set objectives and goals.  

 

You can use your emotions to evaluate how likely you are to succeed at an objective. Imagine that, six months from now, you have not achieved your goal. The level of surprise you feel at this outcome is a good predictor of whether you will actually succeed. So it's not so much a matter of getting rid of emotions, but analyzing them and taking them into consideration when making decisions.

 

In my opinion, it works like this: set up six-monthly strategy meetings with a friend - preferably well away from your normal habitat, where you are removed from routine daily tasks and 9 - 5 work routine, and you can both "switch off" and assess what you have achieved over the past half-year and what you want to achieve in the next six months.

 

Say six months have passed, and you haven't achieved the body of your dreams. The less surprised you are by that negative outcome, the less likely it is you will succeed at your goal. Then think in detail about why you had failed to achieve those goals, and decide to do it better next time.

 

It is very difficult to overcome split-second irrational reactions - much of it is automatic. Preferences come to mind and emotions arise, and we're not aware that we're making decisions and assumptions and therefore cannot control them.

 

While subconscious influences can't be completely removed, people can train themselves to slow down and question these influences. Once you can undertake the first step, you learn how to eliminate them.

 

Empathising

When I approached Saracens Rugby Club with the idea of connecting contact sport with neuroscience research, I never thought that I would end up creating portraits for testimonials! I am no artist, but I can do an oil painting based on a photograph. That helps me to connect with a new contact who after all, is a stranger. Empathy is an emotion that exists in every individual so it should be used to one’s advantage. 

 

My philosophy of life is that we all have a path and every so often there are heavy gates manned by strangers. So if you can't get in with the gatekeeper, you're never going to get to the next stage.

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For more information on how to be successful, look out for my philanthropy articles on Linkedin.