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Recently I found an old photo from my shipping days
This was from 1998
I had been promoted to the rank of a Second Officer
We were taking delivery of a new ship from a shipyard in Korea
We were all decked up for the new ship launch ceremony, which is a big event - when the ship is delivered from the shipyard into the water
All officers were in spick & span shinning uniforms
In the middle of the ocean, you are on your own
As Captain, you are responsible for the lives of people onboard and millions of dollars of assets you are managing
From real-time decision making to crisis management
From working in resource-constraint environment to managing cross-cultural crew
From chasing off pirates to encountering heavy storms
From fighting fires to conducting search & rescue missions
High seas taught me so much about life and leadership which no MBA, no corporate job can every teach
It was an amazing career !
A large part of who I am today is due to my experience as a sailor
It all began on the high seas
This is what I wanted to talk about today
Sometimes, we worry too much about what we don’t have & what we haven’t achieved in life
We tend to forget how far we have come
We are quick to dismiss our journey and our achievements
We don’t reflect on and celebrate our experiences enough
All your life experiences, the good, the bad and the ugly, make up who you are today
So no matter who you are and where you are in life today
Don’t forget where the journey began
How far have you come
Honor your experiences
Most importantly, learn to….
Honor and celebrate YOURSELF
Over to you now
Take some time out
Sit in a quiet corner and reflect on these questions
What are you most proud of ?
What have been some of your biggest achievements ?
What makes you carry along ?
Complete the following sentences :
I am most proud of
What allows me to grow and thrive is my ability to
I will celebrate and honor myself by
Do share your thoughts as you engage in this reflection