When I was in engineering school, in 2005, I witnessed the first flight of the Airbus A380. It was a unique experience in my life to see this big bird take up the sky.
I always admired and still admire the great Chief Executive Officers aka CEOs of great companies like Steve Jobs (Apple), Elon Musk (Tesla, SpaceX, Solar X), Louis Gallois (Airbus).
Lately, when people asked me what I want to do at work, I have the same answer: “I want to be the Barack Obama of Airbus.”
Crazy? Yes, why not. After all, I am half French, half Senegalese. As I like to tell people: I am Senegaulois!
Being the CEO of Airbus is my moonshot. You wonder what a moonshot is. I encourage you to watch the video below from Google: What is Moonshot Thinking? by X, the moonshot factory:
I agree with you that I might never be the CEO of Airbus. And like many people in this world, we cannot all be CEOs of big companies.
First because a CEO has a team of people behind him until the working level to help them build their vision of the future.
Second and most important is the fact that being a CEO is not a dream job for everybody in this world. And that’s great because now more than ever, what we need is to take care of each other.
With the coronavirus crisis, we need nurses, doctors, scientists and leaders to help us go through this world challenge.
Now that you are up to date. Let’s go back to the initial question in this article.
Earlier, I said that not all of us can or want to be CEOs. Yet I am saying that we all have to be CEOs.
Where is the contradiction? Why am I writing this article, wasting your time and mine?
Well you know my love of acronyms and how I twist them to show their bright side.
For me, CEO stands for:
- C as Chief
- E as Essential
- O as Officer
And with this definition, I believe that we can all be CEOs of our life. I will go as far as to say that it should be even a must.
Being a CEO in that case is accessible to each of us in this world, no matter where we are, who we are and our beliefs.
Focusing on what is essential in life has never been so paramount in today’s world. We are living in a word where we have so many possibilities to consume material things, at the tip of our finger.
Let me share with you 3 things I am applying to be the CEO of my own life.
Every day, my focus is in the 3 following areas:
- What I can control
- What I have
- On the present and the future
1. What I can control
Focusing on what I can control is what I call my sphere of influence.
Let’s assume that the shape of the universe is a sphere. Yes I know it isn’t for the science nerds.
As a human being in this universe, I have divided the universe in 2 spheres.
The universe being the first one, the second one is my sphere of influence which is in the global universe.
How do I deal with everything that happens in the universe?
I have only 2 responses.
Either it is something that I cannot change or influence, so I acknowledge it.
Either it is something in my sphere of influence and I act on it to make a change of my universe.
As I grow wiser, my aim is to increase the radius and the radiation of my sphere of influence.
2. What I have
Focusing on what I have is for me a way to be grateful.
I call it my Power of contrast.
I had the chance to grow up in Dakar, Senegal where people are not as fortunate as people in Wester civilisation.
Just living in France with a free healthcare system is an asset that even some rich countries like the USA don’t have. And I am not even talking about emerging countries where people die everyday because they do not have access to healthcare services.
Being able to open the tap and drink directly the water is huge while some people in some regions of the world have to walk half a day to get some water that they have to carry back to their home.
Having freedom of speech, an internet access and electricity all day long is something basic for a lot of people in the west while it is not guaranteed in most parts of the world in 2020.
With my power of contrast, I can see the world in Ultra High Definition.
3. The present and the future
How many of us live in the past, the old good days?
One of the best quotes that I keep in my mind is the following:
“The past is a place of reference, not a place of residence; the past is a place of learning, not a place of living.”
Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
I see my life as a river, a very special river. Indeed in life, the source of the river is generally in the top of the mountain and the water goes down stream, thanks to gravity. Lot of rivers end their journey into the ocean.
I see myself as a fish in the big ocean of life, among billions of other fishes. My aim in life is to go up stream and to strive to go to the top of the mountain at the end of my life.
Of course, I have nothing against people who like to stay in the ocean among the sharks and to the mercy of the waves, drifting until they sink one day.
Going against the current requires from me resilience and keeping in mind the objective, which is the beautiful view on the top of my mountain.
Yes from now and then, I will look back, down stream, to see the road so far.
Yet my focus is always on the right now and in the future. Because all I have is the right now and my vision of a future that I want to make a reality.
These 3 things, applied every day, has made me the CEO of my life. I focus on what I can control, I focus on what I have, I focus on the present and the future.
Thanks to that, the Chief Essential Officer me is waiting for me at the top of my mountain.
What is your river in life?
What is your mountain in life?
Are you still in the ocean or are you building your own river?
Are you the CEO of your own life?
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