Measuring Success In An Ever-Changing World
Have you ever heard of a business standing on its own for millennia or even for more than one hundred years? If a tree can grow, prosper, and thrive through the ever-changing environment and shifting climate, a business can sure follow in its footsteps. The core of the tree holds the resources necessary to evolve into the present and future. The core of a business is built by strong values and a core purpose that remain fixed while their business strategies and practices endlessly adapt to an ever-changing world. A major take-away from Bryan Nelson’s article on trees is to preserve the core while managing continuity and change, the reason why major companies are able to stand on their own for years. According to Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, as you face the challenges of keeping your business going, you may find that your vision for the company needs to be adjusted as you go. Virgin Group has been around for 50+ years, headed in the direction of being able to stand on its own for millennia. Why? Virgin Group remains focused on their vision of improving society and their core purpose for existing. (Read more here)
Measuring Success is a lot like being a basketball player out on the court. You don’t necessarily have to be the best/perfect player on the team but you must be able to contribute and learn as much as possible from your coach and other players. Take what you learned and put it to work (Practice), if you fail get back up and try again; fall seven times stand up eight.
The Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board
Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board [SFWBD] hosted an employer panel last month (June 2014) on the Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) Campus. The event was called “Theme and Purpose of GPS Leadership”. Harry was selected to be on the panel, where he was able to share his wisdom, instruction, and guidance to prepare high school students for the future. The employer panel had 6 individuals, with very diverse backgrounds. Unsure of what their future has in store for them, these high school students asked many questions. Some such as:
- How do you measure success?
Harry’s Response: “To me, success is to set out to do something or set a specific goal and go out and accomplish it. Most people I have met who I think are very successful often don’t think they are successful. At the end of the day, you have to define your own success, what it looks like to you, something you will know for sure when you achieve it.” Harry considers success as working in your craft and be the best you can at it.
The main takeaway that these 6 individuals on the employer panel left these kids with was: “You can make a lot of mistakes, and you can recover from them. Consider your time in High School like a buffet; eat as much as you can while you can.” Test the waters and don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
Michael Jordan’s Game: The Road to Greatness
“Be true to the game, because the game will be true to you. If you try to shortcut the game, then the game will shortcut you. If you put forth the effort, good things will be bestowed upon you.”
“The moment he set foot on the NBA court Michael Jordon dominated the sport, he electrified crowds with his skill set and style, he turned the Chicago Bulls into a dynasty, won 6 championships in 8 years, 15 seasons with the Bulls and Wizards he would transcend the game of basketball, Michael Jordan became the most recognizable athlete in the world.” How?
Michael Jordon believed that he would get out of the game exactly what he put into it. If you look at his journey and know his story that should be a spark of motivation to set you up on your way to success. Michael Jordan spent countless hours perfecting his craft, not the game; the game was the fun part. Whether in life, businesses, or basketball, you get what you put into it; dedication, motivation and hard work pays off.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) of Southwest Florida
An information session entitled, “Meet the Professionals”, was conducted in a panel discussion format. The event took place last month (June 2014) at FGCU. STEM, the FGCU Program was specifically designed for outreach, for minority students. Harry Casimir had 10 minutes to share his professional skills, expertise, and experience with 40 underprivileged students. These students had the opportunity to tour the Kennedy Space Center, participate in various activities and their last session was to ask the panel questions. These students were exposed to different groups of professionals, all with different backgrounds. There was a host that introduced everyone, and Harry gave a general introduction about himself both personal and business related.
- To improve student skills in mathematics
- To expose students to real-world math and its application in related career fields
- To increase the students’ awareness of STEM fields
- To expose students to processes that will increase their likelihood of being accepted into college
- To expose students to practicing professionals in STEM fields
- To create potential internship opportunities for camp participants
Q: What STEM means to Harry?
“I love math, that’s how much it means to me. I say math because everything else we do is based on some kind of mathematical calculation. At a very young age I left like I could understand numbers more than anything. When I migrated to the US, my love for mathematics took a new meaning because English was the fifth language I had to learn so I struggled with it while in high school. Mathematics gave me a voice because it’s universal and anyone could understand my math solutions. I could relate to numbers.” He continued, “Although, my job today don’t require a lot of math but I still find time to program in different programming languages, solving math puzzles etc…”
One question a student asked Harry:
- How do you prepare for the next new-innovative technology?
Harry’s Response: “At the current speed the technology is changing, it’s almost impossible to be fully prepared, but you can always for plan for what you anticipated to be next. You almost always have to be on the look out for what’s coming, no one can predict what is going to happen next. Always be innovative in nature and a forward thinker. Example: In the 1981 Bill Gates stated, “640K ought to be enough for anybody”. He was referring to the memory limit in personal computer. Today there are personal computer with more than 1terabit of memory. The takeaway is it’s impossible to predict the future. You can make plans and very educated guesses while your business strategies and practices endlessly adapt to an ever-changing economy.”
To add what someone else said, “If you do what you love you will never work a day in your life.”
Harry Casimir, Director of Operations of Atilus, graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University. He feels very honored to be able to give back to the community the skill set it gave him. Being able to give their career insight to future community leaders, and the skills needed to succeed in this ever-changing economy is one of the best things he can do to give back.
“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” (Michael Jordan) Success is measured by the amount of times you failed, got back up and did it all over again. Each individual measures success in various ways, start by understanding what success personally means to you. Success will be achieved as soon as it’s defined. How do you define success?