I think at some point in our life, we all have to come to a decision in our life about certain priorities when it comes to our personal life and workplace… live to work, or work to live. One of these, it seems, must always come before the other. We can either choose to live for our work, where our lifestyle, location, and family must conform to the demands of our job. Or, we can choose to set a way of life, and find an occupation that supports that life. There are some of us who choose our career, or because of our career we have no other option. Others of us don’t really care what we do, as long as it supports our life. So, if you were forced to choose, which would come first? Would you take out some time from busy schedule for a reboot your mind rather than your computer? Here I am sharing with you all a write up of Saeed Al Muntafiq who is a mentor of Rise about his own thoughts and understanding. Belive me its an awesome reading.
I’d like to talk about something that happened to me when I was on vacation recently – and has literally changed my life. My holiday setting was idyllic – chosen to escape the hustle and bustle for a few days and give myself some rejuvenation time. However, in today’s digitally-connected world, as most would, I succumbed to taking my laptop to keep in touch with day-to day business issues. Surely, before the advent of PCs, email and more recently smart phones, we never had this obsessive compulsion.
One morning early into the vacation – and much like any other morning – I booted up my laptop to ease my digital addiction. Then the unthinkable happened – a virus which deleted every single file. I watched in unspeakable horror as two years of hard work, photos and memories disappeared before my eyes.
Incidentally, I have already anticipated your next, and perfectly logical question. No, I had nothing backed-up – the obvious first lesson to learn in the first instance, but as I discovered that morning not the most important one – which I will later discuss.
Moments after the incident – and still in shock, my thoughts turned to getting the machine repaired – bearing in mind that I was on an island with no technology to speak of, nowhere I could take it to get it fixed – and I still had seven days left of my vacation.
My first instinct was to do what I always do in the first instance of a crisis – mobilise resources and SMS everyone I knew that might be able to inspire me with an immediate solution. My second was to look at my options. I even considered chartering a plane to get my laptop fixed. Third was how I might be able to salvage any files I could through sources such as email attachments.
But then, three or four minutes after the ‘disaster’, something interesting happened. I realised I wasn’t angry, upset or sad – and as far as I could tell my pulse appeared to be normal. I suddenly stopped thinking about contingency plans which calmed me even further. Then it hit me – so what? It’s not the end of the world. I’m still here, still have my health, my family are all well, my friends are fine – it’s just a laptop.
Once I’d got passed this barrier, I started thinking more rationally about which were the critical files that I needed the most. I came to the conclusion that there were only about three or four, and I knew exactly who had copies of them. I also came to a realisation that gave me a completely new focus – it wasn’t the laptop or even the virus that had lost the files – it was me.
The concept of unlearning is a familiar one in business talk – the ability to diversify your thinking away from your own traditional personal mindset and let in new ideas. But this was more than that. It was a core lesson for every aspect of my life – the way I treat people, my eating habits, my demeanor, the way I walk or even breath.
It’s now been two weeks since the ‘incident’ and I genuinely pray to God that I never find the old files. Today, I am a much happier man and would like to pose a question for every reader of this post – how many times has your computer crashed and you’ve tried to recover your old files so you can build back your life? I don’t necessarily mean in terms of your computer hardware, but more the software in your mind – that makes you think and act in a certain way – that guides your everyday decisions in both your business and personal life.
We all need a reboot in our mindsets, attitudes and approaches from time-to-time. When your computer crashes into the future – whether it’s your machine or mental software – don’t consider it a crisis but an opportunity to think in new, inspiring ways and hone down to what’s really important.
For this reason . Always ask yourself. So what and personally I look forward to the next time my files get erased.