March 26, 2015

Raised up on someone else’s shoulders…

Did you ever feel bad about yourself?
Did you imagine yourself crawling on the floor?
Did somebody offer you help so you could get up?

I never ask such direct, personal questions to my clients. However, I am sure that most of them would give the answer “Yes” to most of these questions if I did.

You’ll know the song You Raise Me Up – as recorded by Josh Groban, Westlife and countless others. It was originally composed by Rolf Løvland of Secret Garden with lyrics written by Brendan Graham. It was performed for the very first time at the funeral of Løvland’s mother. The lyrics go like this:

I am strong when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up to more than I can be.

Most of us are not alone. Numerous people help us to achieve success in our business life. We couldn’t have reached our current position without them.

Who raises you up? Businessmen need to think about their supporters – their “shoulders”, if you will – when the time comes to sell their shares. How can you repay them? Sometimes, a gesture or word of appreciation might be more valuable than money.

We’re all living longer. One day you might need those shoulders again. As with many other things, their true value is best understood when you need them and they are not there.

To listen to Secret Garden’s song as recorded by Josh Groban: You Raise Me Up

The oldie of the week : The Carpenters – Top Of The World (1972)

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