Abducted but not by Aliens
Posted by Trevor on 14 January 2017 | 38 Comments
Recently, I have received several dozen requests for a new podcast or article and lots of questions about why I suddenly went into “radio silence” mode many months ago. Thanks to all of you who have contacted me.
Firstly, after three years (no coincidence in the number) supporting TSS with articles, guest blogs, podcasts, radio interviews and even TV shows, I felt all that could be said had been said. I never thought I would get fed up hearing my own voice, but now I know how my wife feels.
Secondly, with TSS I receive a small royalty around 10-15% which goes straight to the labs at Neovia Oncology. There it is put to work by a group of people I consider “salt of the earth,” who use the funds to create a huge difference in the world without any recompense of any form. TSS has had a big impact in the lives of many, but the cashflow generated is relatively small (so far) compared to the effort and energy invested. After three years, I felt my energy being poorly balanced between projects, and I made the decision to invest myself fully into helping to develop a new class of side-effect free cancer drugs. Keep in mind that I am a man, and therefore only capable of doing one thing well at a time! I had to choose.
Thirdly, as TSS spread it naturally attracted a mixture of positive and negative feedback. I care nought what critics say, but when I made myself available and transparent via email, it brought a minority of negative people into my world. This is exactly what I talk about in TSS. At some point one is left with a simple choice. The mentality shield (always on in my world) helps tremendously, but at some point one has to create real separation from the negative. Ignoring it is not usually enough, and sometimes we have to let go of people we thought would have been part of the fun and growth. Thankfully we have email blockers these days, but I felt a complete break also necessary.
The reason for breaking the silence? Many of you have kept in touch, and I always strive to answer your emails. I have received so many articles and links that were sent to validate all the common sense advice in TSS. Thank you. This evening I received a really pertinent email from a long-term fellow wizard, and I simply could not avoid sharing it. I hope you find it useful. It has not been edited.
I was just driving along Lake Sammamish listening to the audiobook “Behind the Cloud: The Untold Story of How Salesforce.com Went from Idea to Billion-Dollar Company” by Marc Benioff, the CEO of Salesforce.
In there he mentioned something that I really wanted to share wth you. He talked about how Larry Ellison (Founder & CEO of Oracle) had been his mentor and what he had learned about business and success from Larry.
It was all about having a ‘mentality shield’ and imaging your intentions as if you’d already achieved them. I know you’re always looking for more data/examples of this so I rushed back home and transcribed this from the audiobook:
The Larry Ellison Playbook
Many of the lessons I learned from Larry still guide me today. Most of all, he taught me that accomplishments are fueled by faith. When Oracle entered it’s darkest days, every employee, customer, analyst, and even the people closest to him doubted the company would rebound. Even in that difficult climate, Larry’s resolve never faltered. What I learned from Larry:
Always have a vision
Act confident, even when you’re not
Think of it as you want it, not as it is!
Don’t let others sway you from your point of view
See things in the present, even if they are in the future. (We joked that Larry got his tenses confused because he would talk about things that hadn’t happened yet as if they had. This taught me that a successful leader is one who is always thinking about the future, not just the present. Wayne Gretzky famously put it another way “Skate to where the puck is going, not where it has been.”)
Don’t give others your power. Ever.
I hope it’s helpful.
Regards – **** ****
I have not read the book, but a quick search just now shows it was written in 2009, three years before TSS. It is strong validation that these simple techniques are neither new nor unorthodox. They work. All one needs is discipline, discipline, discipline. Stick with it (either book’s advice) no matter what.
That is it for now. I shall return to the labs!