The art of enjoying life like a child and being a better leader
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We (Sarah & Gerald, the founders of Evano) have the humor of fourteen-year-olds, as we keep finding out. Even in our mid-30s, this hasn’t really changed, and it will probably stay that way. Since we don’t have children ourselves and don’t plan to have any, we remain children in our own minds.
Not taking yourself as an individual so important and doing things without an intention simply because it is fun. For example, climbing the nearest tree just because you feel like it, or simply saying what you are thinking.
If we are honest with ourselves, we know exactly what is good for us and what we feel like doing.
As adults, we usually work on long-term projects, on things from which we expect a positive outcome in the future. But only if we manage to find joy and fun in our daily tasks, then this makes us happy in the long run. And this does not have to serve a goal in any case. If we are honest with ourselves, we know exactly what is good for us and what we feel like doing.
Re-establishing this lack of intention and tapping into this unknown world playfully again is the greatest gift we can give ourselves in life and ultimately it will make us a better leader as well. As a child, we also don’t worry about whether we might fail or whether something is inappropriate. We just do it because it just feels right in the present moment. With this kind of authenticity and honesty you are creating a strong bond inside your team and you encourage others to open up as well.
Recovering this mindset can be learned, some need their own children to be reminded of it, some find it through years of meditation. And we are in good company, as the Dalai Lama repeatedly points out: When we let go of the self-centered idea of ourselves and just be a child in our mind again, we also allow happiness to enter our lives.