Before you assume that this blog is a thinly veiled attempt to get Telstra’s attention, it isn’t.
It’s an overt FUCK YOU to Telstra, combined with some shit-hot business advice that I received from my most recent internet technician.
Yes, there have been multiple. Four, in fact.
And yeah, I’ve reached my crude lingo limit and will now be dropped back to dial-up speed.
Besides the fact that our internet is flakier than lead-based paint at a primary school, unexpected good has come from the whole situation.
Our third technician, a sharp young dude who arrived on the doorstep with an impressive piece of technology protruding from one ear, turned out to be a business Yoda.
We got talking as he plugged in cables and observed flashy lights indicating that yes, there was a problem. No, the origin wasn’t clear. (But, flashy lights! Satisfied?)
He ran his own business, you see. An electrical engineer, he’d broken away from dud employers a few years back and decided to run his own show. Telstra was his client. We gossiped about their sub-par service, off the record.
Discovering epic similarities in the ways we see business, life, the whole pavlova, he imparted this definitive wisdom.
The only way to run a great business is with the support of four key pillars.
Good physical health.
Good personal relationships.
Having your emotional shit together.
A bit o financial/logistical savvy.
This enlightened geek had it all figured out.
Health is everything.
Health is your platform upon which to build a meaningful, fulfilling, effective business - and life. Working yourself to the bone to the detriment of health is a guaranteed way to fail at whatever you’re doing.
Eating well, working out, spending time in nature, being kind to your bod all come before actual business maneuvers - not secondary to.
Likewise, relationships and mental health are predictors of business success. Without attention to love, friendships and emotional fortitude, your output will suffer.
Then comes the actual skillz involving money management, decision-making, smart stuff that helps you sidestep biz quicksand. Boooo-ring.
Anyway, you’ve probably heard it all before. But from an internet technician in high-vis on a weekday? Doubtful.
I thought it was a nice reminder that spending time on yourself - cultivating fitness, mindfulness, positive relationships, hobbies, upping your fiber intake - all benefit your work.
They’re not indulgent, they’re essential.
Thanks to the technician for a superb pep-talk.
No thanks to Telstra for providing the poorest internet service since Captain Cook arrived with an ethernet cable but no adaptor for his tablet.