I wish someone had told me to write it down

“I wish someone had told me” is a series of posts that feed into our inquisitive nature at CN&CO. Each week we hear from someone in our network about something interesting or surprising that has recently happened or occurred to them – or lessons they learnt. These blogs are a way to pay it forward and form part of CN&CO’s belief that the world can be a better place – and we all have a responsibility to make it so. This week’s post is by Gianluca Tucci.

No matter your age, no matter the time, learn. As we get older the busier we become, the more we have on, the faster time and life ticks by. Life is busy, but it should always be inspiring. This I wish shares a simple habit and trick I have adopted and find really useful to constantly take something out from moments I experience.

No matter what we do in our daily life, person(s) we meet, project we tackle, sport we play, movie we watch, song we hear, book we read, city we see, argument we have or hardship we deal with, there are lessons to learn and apply.

For example, have you ever:

Read a line in a book that rings a bell in your mind to make you stop and think for a moment?

Watched a scene from a movie that changed how you think or inspired you to create a happy moment in your life? I am a big movie fan and there are many moments I have enjoyed in movies. One in particular though from Scent of a Woman certainly strikes all the right chords when a blind man asks a lady to dance the tango.

Had a conversation with a person you meet who leaves you feeling inspired or even struck by a story or experience they share?

Heard a song that evokes an emotion (happy or sad)?

Watched an exciting game of sport that captures a moment of pure gamesmanship that sends goosebumps down your spine?

Jon Rahm’s opening shot at the 2018 Ryder Cup

Last week’s Ryder Cup certainly delivered this and in particular one small moment stood out for me. Jon Rahm (a European rookie) tee’d off in front of the waves of thousands on the first tee box at La Golf National on the opening day of the 2018 Ryder Cup. It was his first shot in what may be sport’s greatest team contest. Instead of sticking to the rules of golf and encouraging the crowd to stay quiet for his shot, he proceeded to get the crowd shouting and celebrating before approaching the ball (crowd chanting) and bombing a beautiful tee shot down the fairway and proceeding to walk alongside his European team mate (Justin Rose) and American opponents like it was a casual Sunday round. Imagine we got less stressed in intense moments and rather dove into the moment with excitement and elation – how would it impact your approach and performance?!?

The next time you experience a moment, write it down and keep filling these lines or quotes in a notebook. Then go back to them and at the start of your day, read the quote/moment/line and think about it over your morning coffee.

During the day, apply that moment or quote to what you experience at work or a moment in your day and I bet it will help you approach and grow in that moment.

Remember, life is busy, but not to busy to make the most of it and do it whilst learning and being inspired constantly.

Here’s that scene from Scent of a Woman, think about the tango you will dance today…