By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy
Are you dreading your 40th birthday? I sure did. But I survived and even thrived because I practiced one of the most critical leadership skills: framing the problem or issue so you can better solve it. Maybe this framing concept will work for you too.
And for those of you who have already stressed out crossing the BIG 4-0, there’s hope. Reframe your focus. Here’s how.
Let’s examine the problem of turning 40 as initially presented: I was getting older. But, could I also be getting stronger? You decide. Here’s how I framed the issue.
At 40, I refocused and reframed. Now I thought of myself stepping onto a launching pad — not onto a guillotine. A launching pad? Where did I get an absurd idea like that?
I did a lot of research on a visionary author who saw deep into the heavens, deep into the sea and deep into the center of the earth. Jules Verne helped me see deeper into the center of me. There on page 117 in From the Earth to the Moon, Jules Verne is describing the first manned moon launching 104 years before Neil Armstrong.
38…39…40 Blast Off
And significantly – even poignantly – Jules Verne launches his man to the moon with a count UP 37…38…39….. You guessed it. At the count of 40, the rocket ignites, propelling the fictional astronaut to go higher, faster and farther than any other human has gone before –to the moon. . Blast off! At 40!!! Yes. Read the rest of this entry »