Eating "paleo" refers to consuming foods eaten by man during the Paleolithic Era, i.e., meat, vegetables, fruits, sugars and other natural foods found in nature. All processed foods are considered a "no no" and are banished from your diet. This back to basic approach of consuming only foods found in nature has been embraced by millions of people and is currently all the rage. Of course, like many things, the paleo way of eating is not without its controversy due to its ban on white flour and many of our other beloved carbohydrate filled comfort foods such as cookies, bread, cakes, etc.; nevertheless, many nutritional experts applaud it as a common sense approach to healthy eating.
So what could paleo eating and success in your business and career possibly have in common? Actually - pretty much everything. Approaching your career/business from a back to basic, natural common sense approach is vital to your success. Yes, professional knowledge and modern technology will also key components to your success - make no mistake about it - all the latest and greatest gadgets and technological advances will be absolutely meaningless if you lose sight of what is at the very heart of your business/career - and that is your client - and your ability to build a healthy trusting relationship with them)! As Stephen Covey said: All Success Begins With Relationships!
Following are 3 "paleo-like" ways to nurture the core of your success on a daily basis - and it is much more about who you are than about what you know.
1. Authenticity - whatever you do - it is imperative you are authentic and genuine. Show up in a real and genuine way. Don't fake being anything you aren't because it will only be a matter of time before you are exposed for whom you really are -and your lack of authenticity will come back to haunt you in both obvious and not so obvious ways!
2. Collaborate with others. Although you alone are responsible for meeting your professional objectives and ultimately - your success; it is imperative you remember it is NOT all about you! Collaborate with others and remember that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts!
3. Character and Integrity must be an integral part of not only what you do- but who you really are! The golden rule applies here: i.e., treat others with the same respect and courtesy that you would like to be treated with. Not only will this make you likeable (and yes, it matters a lot if people like you), it will help you build a positive rapport with others. Approaching every aspect of your life with character and integrity provides you with the added benefit of building authentic relationships based on trust. No one wants to do business with anyone they don't trust!
In the final analysis, we are all ultimately responsible for our own success; however, no one has ever achieved success on their own. Therefore, as Paleolithic man survived by eating natural foods, so to will your business and career not only survive - but also thrive - if you show up in a genuine manner, collaborate and help others without worrying about what's in it for you - and live your life with the utmost integrity and character. Because when all is said and done - the good guy - and gal - will prevail!