Clearing Our Vision With Merlot
Host: Justin Bourn
Drink: Alkoomi Cabernet Merlot 2016
Knowing what you want out of life is so damn confusing and messy and fuzzy and hazy and I don’t even know where this sentence is going let alone what my business end goal is.
In this week's episode we explore how to define your own vision for life and business. Later in the episode we talk forgiveness and how to treat it in order to move on.
This round is on Justin Bourn with the support of Travis Hato, Michael Duncan, Conrad “Swaggy C” Francis. The Simple Minds Podcast unravels topics such as personal development, philosophy, life and business - one drink at a time.
- Mission vs Vision: What are they and how to implement it into your business
- Forgiveness: Value of it and how you treat it
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Visions are kinda fluffy - [5:10]
Travis introduces the first topic for discussion this week: Mission vs Vision.
What is the difference between a vision and mission and how can we implement it into our business and personal lives?
In simple terminology mission and vision can be defined as:
Misson: Who and What
Vision: Why and How
Having your mission, vision and values defined for your business can help you create a path for yourself. It sets up your journey. A guide for you to follow when things get difficult.
Not everyone took to the topic positively.
“Didn’t you hear my conversation last week? We need to stop putting caps on things” - [6:00]
Travis explains that he’s been reassessing his own vision for his company following recent expansion of his business.
Coca-Cola is a great example of a business implementing their vision, mission, and values into practice. By keeping your vision at the forefront of everything you do - it’ll give you clarity and purpose to everything you create.
But Coca-Cola is just one business model. We need to shift this thought process to smaller scale.
Let’s put this into some perspective. How would one go about setting off on this journey of self-discovery?
Here are some Simple Minds certified tips for success:
- Ask yourself: What is the end result you’re aiming for?
- Connect with yourself first. What are your deepest desires? What is your heart after?
- When communicating with others - talk about your values and vision. Let people know what they are and what you’re about!
- Get your damn ego out of the way. Always check yourself. You’re not perfect, be open to learning
Ikigai concept - [22:00]
Having clarity about your passions and what you want out of life can be hazy territory. Your interests change as you develop as a person.
Conrad introduces the Ikigai concept to the group. Ikigai is a lifestyle for people to strive for that demonstrates the balance between:
- What you LOVE
- What you are GOOD AT
- What you can be PAID FOR
- What the world NEEDS
Finding that balance is difficult. There is no formula you can authentically follow. Everyone’s journey is different.
“I don’t even think you work it out, it finds you” - [23:00]
Conrad suggests that at its core it's about finding what you’re passionate about. Follow your passions. Experiment with them and see what you can make of it that reflects who you are.
Doing vs. Believing: Simple Minds Guide to Forgiveness - [32:00]
Our second piece of content for the episode comes from Conrad. Conrad asks the group what forgiveness means to them and how they go about treating it.
The topic was sparked by an altercation Conrad recently became aware of.
A 39-year marriage ended after knowledge of an affair that happened 17 years ago surfaced. The wife now using the information to force the hand of the husband to sell all assets.
For 17 years the wife knew that her husband had an affair. Only now, using the information as leverage.
The husband does not want the marriage to end and is trying to fix the mess he’s created.
“That opens another pandora’s box to me. Should you want that if these are the actions that have transpired?” - [35:00]
Conrad poses the question to the group whether or not this was fair on the husband after he had readjusted his loyalty to align with his family and forgiven himself.
The group concedes that it’s okay for the husband to try to get the power back. He’s taken responsibility and acknowledged the reality. He should be allowed to try and mend what is broken.
“Self-forgiveness is more powerful than external forgiveness” - [41:00]
In order to move on from a situation like this then you need to do and believe in yourself. Forgive yourself and work to be better in the future.
Let’s connect our minds. Smoosh them together, share that brain power
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