Are You Missing Something?

Last Updated Oct 20, 2008 7:44 AM EDT

When I was out walking recently, three separate groups of tourists stopped me and asked that I take their photograph in front of the cliffs overlooking the ocean.

As I walked on --- assignments duly completed --- it dawned on me how I'd taken for granted the view that others wished to retain for posterity. This got me thinking about what else I had stopped 'seeing', particularly within my work.

For the next twenty minutes or so I was reminded just how fortunate I am. Not only am I surrounded by people who inspire, stretch and amuse me, some of them actually pay me for the privilege.

Then there are the fabulous people who support my business, fellow independent professionals without whom I would be totally lost.

And guess what? I enjoy paying them. I do, I really do.

I am most fortunate to work with such terrific clients and supporters.

Then there are my wonderful partners at Flying Solo, Sam & Peter. Every encounter is stimulating, productive and really fun.

I must have done something quite exceptional in my past life to attract the pair of them.

I could go on and start talking about my private life, but frankly we'd be here forever and it would probably make you nauseous.

With the incessant talk of doom and gloom, I challenge you to focus less on what's threatened and instead take a close look at what you have.

  • Robert Gerrish

    Robert Gerrish is a coach, author and professional speaker and the founder of Flying Solo (, the Australian online community for solo business owners.