There’s a reason you’re instructed to put your own oxygen mask on first in case of an emergency on an aeroplane: You can’t help other people unless you first help yourself.
The same goes for life in general. When you’re busy with work, kids, commitments, and who knows what else, it’s easy to fall into the trap of always putting everyone else’s needs before your own.
Tall poppy syndrome is alive and well in Australia and it’s not just celebrities and sports stars in people’s sights.
Whenever someone achieves success, tries something new, or seeks to better themselves – whether in business, their career, or personal life – there will always be detractors and people who try to knock them down; to ‘put them back in their box’ or ‘bring them down a peg or two’.
A couple of weeks ago I gave blood at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service Traralgon Donor Centre.
As I sat back in the chair squeezing the stress ball to pump up my notoriously dodgy veins, I looked around the room and thought, ‘yep, these guys have nailed their communication’.