We are able to learn from everyone, even from the behaviour of a dog.
+Ryan Holmes is CEO at HootSuite and he has learned some important lessons from his dog Mika, a big brown and black Rottweiler-cross:
1. Be loyal (but not to a fault).
In business, loyalty can be a huge asset. I’ve learned that surrounding yourself with a loyal team is one of the key factors to success. But ...blind loyalty helps nobody.
2. Trust your instincts.
In business, it can be very important to trust your instincts. When it comes to business decisions, take time to listen to others, but in the end don’t forget to trust the most important influencer—yourself. As the late Steve Jobs once advised, “Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”
3. Know what you want and be super persistent about getting it.
Persistence pays, and nobody knows that better than a dog. Oftentimes, it’s through dogged persistence that true innovation and breakthroughs happen. At worst, by being persistent, you learn something along the way—what to do better next time, and what techniques or approaches work, what doesn’t.
4. If you’re going to do it, do it 110%.
Once you’ve decided to do something (after assessing the potential risks and benefits), why not reach for the stars with it? It’s important to know your worth and set the stage for the future.
5. Unplug. Go outside and play.
With technology penetrating our lives and jobs more than ever, it’s easy to be always online and working the whole day. But it’s very important to regularly de-stress and refresh your mind and body. In fact, there’s a lot of research that suggests exercise can even improve productivity. So no matter how busy (you think) you are, turn off your digital devices for a bit, get outside and run your heart out.
Do you have a dog that you trust? What lessons have you learned from your dog?
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