The most beautiful friendship of all
Tao’s three business lessons: simplicity, patience, compassion
When I asked my friend Paula if she has 10 minutes to talk, I didn’t know she was in a hotel room, in a different time zone and pre-morning-coffee. But she called me right way. And she offered me her full heart and her full mind and the best words she could find.
Over the years, Paula and I have created a beautiful friendship.
Beautiful friendships remind me of the V shape in which birds fly. In the V formation of a bird group, each bird supports the one right behind it and gives it more speed. Each bird catches the preceding bird’s updraft, saving energy. When the leading bird gets tired, she simply and peacefully trades places with another.
Need help with your business? Toddlers can help.
I’ve turned to Tao Te Ching, by Lao-tzu, many times over the years. This little book always seemed to carry all the wisdom I ever needed. No matter which verses I re-read, there’s always unforeseen knowledge and love, as if it’s not just me who has grown since the last time I opened the book, but as if the book itself has grown wiser and more loving through time, just like a living organism would.
If you’re like most responsible people out there, you probably have some moments in your business when you’re not sure of your next move.
You may be at a cross road, you may be unhappy and you may feel like you need to make a change but you don’t know what and how. Everybody feels this way once in a while.
But before you make a decision, I have a piece of advice for you, inspired by my philosophical conversations with my son: ask a toddler for help. Sounds crazy, but let me explain.