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45 years: My 45 pieces of advice to you!

Today is a special day for all of us because, like every single day, we will experience it only once in our lifetime. For me, however, it is rather more special: it is my birthday!

Now we all know that some people are hesitant to reveal just how many years have passed since they came into the world (ladies in particular!) but having shared so many personal experiences with you in my blogs and presentations, I have no reason to be shy about telling you such a detail: I am 45!

These 45 years have passed so quickly, leaving their mark on me and within me. Over time, I may have developed a few wrinkles, lost a lot of hair (and some of what remains of it is going grey) but the substantial changes of the last 45 years cannot be seen with the naked eye. I call them life’s teachings and, for the fourth time, I have decided to share them with you in the hope of helping you minimize your mistakes and maximize your impact on both a personal and
professional level.

Here are my 45 pieces of advice to you

  1. Your first goal in life is to be happy
  2. Nothing is permanent (my dad’s advice)
  3. Nothing too big not to fail (my dad’s advice)
  4. You are responsible for the positive memory you leave behind
  5. The best way to brand yourself is to do good
  6. `Trust` is the new currency
  7. Don`t ask to be trusted, act to be trusted
  8. Trust is the art of keeping your promises
  9. The best way to start your day is with a smile
  10. If you set out to be average odds are you will
  11. Passion makes you first stand up and then stand out
  12. Hope is a strategy that starts in the mind
  13. How does a `great week` begin? It begins with appreciation and gratitude
  14. Aim high but keep your feet on the ground
  15. Keep fit
  16. Keep hopeful
  17. Keep away from dream-smashers
  18. Keep dreaming
  19. You have to get up to go up
  20. Your family is your best start-up
  21. Your enthusiasm differentiates you
  22. Most people buy your passion before they buy your product or service
  23. Join forces with honesty
  24. Self development is your best investment in life
  25. Have patience because things do not always work out as you expect
  26. Differentiation is key
  27. Plan your life as you would plan your holidays
  28. There will always be grey days and great days
  29. Turn transactions into interactions
  30. Prove value first
  31. Mentorship is the shortcut to success
  32. Value is the enemy of price
  33. Have values or have regrets
  34. Your limitations are the limits you set for yourself
  35. Make gratitude the best part of your attitude
  36. Limit your exposure to negative people
  37. Believe in yourself because that’s who you will spend the most time with
  38. The secret to a great performance is preparation
  39. Search for a coach before you search for success
  40. Stars fall, values don’t
  41. The best gifts come from the heart
  42. Believe in miracles because you are one of them
  43. A marriage is a ‘partnership’ in a home
  44. A partnership is a ‘marriage’ in an office
  45. Your last goal in life is to leave a legacy

At the end of the day, dear friends, the biggest lesson and the best teacher of all is life itself.

the best birthday present

you can give me today is the one that you have been giving me every year since I began writing these blog posts: your presence in my life by following, supporting and sharing my work with the people that matter most in your lives.

for this, i thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart!