Better Business, Better Life – Stay The Distance!
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1. The QuickTip – Stay The Distance!
I visited the Mandaring Weir and Pump Station, in Perth, Western Australia. This is where water is pumped from Perth to the Kalgoorlie in the north – a distance of 330 miles (530km). The engineer who whose brainchild this were was C. Y. O’Connor. The initial need for this was due to the gold mining in the late 1800’s.
The story that struck me was not the engineering marvel (which it is), but the foresight of O’Connor. He saw that the scheme would not only supply the goldfields in the 1890’s, but that it would supply water to a whole region. Today supplies water is pumped, not only to Kalgoorlie, but to farms in the Wheat Belt of Western Australia, a hugely important part of the Western Australian economy.
The sad note in this was that O’Connor committed suicide before the scheme was completed and proven to be the huge success it was, and still is. He had the support of the Western Australian Premier, but few others. In fact, the press opposed him, he was subjected to commissions of enquiry and opposed at every turn. When the Premier went on to a ministerial post in the Federal Parliament he was very much on his own. He committed suicide on 10 March 1902. He was virtually penniless.
The lesson I took from this is that when someone has a great vision, put your own agenda to one side and support them. Sometimes (mostly?) it is good to acknowledge one’s ignorance and allow someone else to lead you. When you are the visionary, know that it is always darkest just before the dawn. When you see leaders that are visionary and inspiring remember that they are human too – they need appreciation and encouragement just like every other human being.
I was greatly impressed by O’Connor’s engineering accomplishments and vision. I was saddened by his unfortunate end. That caused me to reflect on today and how we still drag people down, criticise while ignorant, and refuse to encourage those who seemingly have it all. In stead we could encourage, find reasons to compliment, find something good in the other person, regardless of whether they seemingly “have it all” or are down on their luck. We are all
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Today, remember that despite great achievement may visionaries and leaders are just as much in need of encouragement and appreciation as any other human being. Be that source of inspiration and encouragement.
It is Christmas Season. I wish you all the best and will start promotions in the New Year. For now, lets consider others without considering their economic value to us. Let’s encourage without agendas. We are all human beings in need of recognition, encouragement and support.
This Christmas, spread some cheer by showing visible appreciation to your family, friends, but also to someone who you think may not need it – actively look anew at the people around you.
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