It is lonely at the top. That’s a fact borne out in my work with senior leaders. The higher up the organization you go, the fewer peers you have. The people giving you advice have their own agendas, not nefarious…
If you’re reading this newsletter, chances are life is pretty good. Relative to most people on the planet, you’re doing more than okay. In case you’re in doubt, look at Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and see just how high up you are. Maslow has three broad buckets of needs: basic, psychological and self-fulfillment. You’re probably good on food and shelter, right? Most of my readers spend more time fretting about the top of his hierarchy, where you find self-actualization. But I think there’s a lot of benefit from looking closer at the middle of the pyramid where he lists: “Belongingness and love needs: intimate relationships, friends.”
If those needs aren’t being met, it’s hard to do well at the self-fulfillment, self-actualization stuff. So why not actively nurture your most important personal relationships and spend time with the people who love and support you? Apart from being fun, you’ll also derive benefits that will help you do better at the top-drawer creative and personal potential levels.
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