Every day at OCC my team and I hear from people who are lost, hurt, and desperate for comfort. Some are in the darkest days in their lives. They face loss, pain, stress, and feeling like no one understands.
Over the years of talking with injured workers, we have learned so much that we want to share. You may know someone who has been diagnosed with a debilitating illness. You may be supporting someone who is going through a rough divorce or someone who is in financial dire straits. It can be hard to know what to do, so I wanted to tell you what we do at OCC to help soothe the people we work with everyday. The first step is making the decision to help.
Some practical ideas:
Many people tend to go into hiding when they are in pain. Worse, when we don’t know how to help, we often avoid someone who is hurting. Acknowledge that they are in a tough place and let them know that they can rely on you. Just sitting in silence with someone can bring them a good deal of...
I was honored to be asked to represent my local Entrepreneur's Organization Orange County chapter at the International Entrepreneurial Summit before the United Nations last month. In my years as an EO member, I’ve seen how strongly EO encourages the vital role entrepreneurs play in driving positive change. I’m excited by the opportunity to engage with the Sustainable Development Goals to lead substantive change both in our local community and around the world. As a signatory of the Outcomes Declaration I am committing to adopting and advancing practices to eradicate poverty, reverse gender inequality and halt climate change by 2030. I will adopt these actions in my own company, and I encourage other local businesses and organizations to do the same. Together, we can address these sustainable development challenges and help to make the world a better place.
On May 22, 2019, Mount Everest saw a traffic jam as 300 mountaineers made it to the summit that day, creating a traffic jam, a picture of which went viral the next day. German alpinist, David Gottler, was not among those who summited. He was just 200 meters from the peak when he turned back. David was also among the lucky ones. This spring, the Everest climb saw 21 mountaineers die while attempting to scale the world’s highest peak – the highest number to die so far!
Why did he turn back despite being an experienced climber who had already conquered five of the 14 different 8000m peaks on Earth, reaching the summits of Gasherbrum II (8035m), Broad Peak (8051m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), Lhotse (8516m) and Makalu (8481m), as well as ascending to 8200m on K2 (8611m)? He took a crucial decision. That day that the risks were way too much to attempt to summit despite being so close.
His experience told him that the crowd trying to reach the peak would make him wait for his turn...
When my group got toward the end of the Camino walk, we could see the church where the pilgrim ceremony takes place. The Pilgrim Mass is usually held daily at 12 noon in Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. At the beginning of the Pilgrim Mass in Santiago de Compostela a list is read out of the number of pilgrims who have been received in the Pilgrims’ Office in the last 24 hours, where they come from, and where they started their pilgrimage.
We got so excited, thinking we were almost there! However, we weren’t really as close as we thought. (It was a bit like the hotels in Las Vegas, they look close, but they aren’t really close at all.) We still had about 1.5 miles to go and my sciatic nerve was giving me big problems. Pain radiated from my lower back and all down the back of my leg. I could barely take a step without a jolt of pain, but there was no way I was going to stop. It was worth all of the pain to finish.
If you start something, keep going even when it is...
As we neared the end of the Camino, I was determined not to fall behind again. In the morning I would walk with the fastest walkers while my energy was high. I knew I had to keep up with them or walk alone. I was too scared not to be the fastest.
I get excited from the energy of people who are confident about who they are and passionate about what they do. Like the mentors I wrote about earlier, they take you to the next level with them.
High achievers understand that time is their most valuable asset and like-minded people are a close second. I can’t always see what makes someone successful, but I know a high achiever when I see one. They seem to have a sense of who is worth their time and who is looking for instant gratification.
Find people who have what you want and become friends who help each other. These people will be invaluable to exchange ideas, stay grounded, set new goals, share your successes, and hold each other accountable. Peers help you remember what you're...