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Lessons from Las Vegas

My family and I have just returned from our holiday in “Fabulous Las Vegas” – famous of course for Casinos and the antics of the ‘high rollers’.  For me, it is absolutely astonishing to witness the vast sums of money being won, and more often than not, lost, every minute of every day. I lost $20 on the Wheel of Fortune and that was it for me. (Not a high roller).

Some people assume that if you like Vegas you go to gamble. This isn’t always the case – I love Vegas for its diversity.

Eight of us in my family go every year with ages ranging from 22- 72.  There really is something for everyone and pretty much anything goes.

If you go to Vegas though, you need to wear comfortable shoes as everything is further to walk than it looks! My mum was complaining of sore feet so I told her to pop some socks under her sandals : “I couldn’t possibly do that” she said, “that would look silly!” Right at that moment a man walked by in broad daylight dressed as Marilyn Monroe and ‘Elvis’ was drinking coffee in an outdoor Cafe – so….. ‘socks & sandals’ are not an issue as you can see.

Anyway, here are some Lessons from Las Vegas I would like to share with you:

Don’t take yourself too seriously – Do what you love and have fun.

Planning is always the key to success – When on holiday most of us plan each day so we don’t waste a minute knowing that the clock is ticking and the holiday will be over in a heat beat. Unfortunately many people spend more time planning a two week holiday than the other 50 weeks of the year. Spending time each morning planning your day can work wonders and help us achieve worthwhile outcomes.

I am not a fan of the gym, far from it, but for me, my holiday is also about balance. I know that I will eat and drink more so the chances of gaining weight is pretty high. To prevent this, I went to the gym every morning at 6am, I hated every minute of it but was happy when I returned home last weekend to find I hadn’t gained any weight – phew what a relief. The phrase “successful people do the things that they don’t necessarily want to do in order to get the outcome they want” motivated me to get out of bed and into the gym.

Timing is everything – The eight hour time difference worked well for me because after the gym, I could check in with the office everyday by email/ phone for a few hours and be finished by 9.30am Vegas time. I know this is not everyone’s idea of a holiday but for me I have a much better day knowing that all is going well at the office and when I returned home I had a clear inbox and hit the ground running. No one would expect a professional athlete not to exercise whilst on holiday and for me the same applies in business. I want to keep my finger on the pulse and keep up the pace. Of course, if you have a business model that means you can take a complete break without a stack to catch up on when you get back then I applaud you.

‘Act your wage.’ It’s easy to get carried away and spend, spend, spend on holiday so it’s good to set a budget and to stick to it. Good advice for business and your personal finances.

See you soon.

Bev James

4 Responses to "Lessons from Las Vegas"

1 | Adam Frampton

June 21st, 2011 at 13:03

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Great post Bev, thank you.

I am off to Vegas for a week this Friday, to play poker.

In preparation of the trip, I have a heap of business and personal development reading material on my kindle and an iPod full of material by Peter Thomson, Brian Tracey and Tony Robbins, I admit that I hadnt factored in any exercise!

I find that a ‘different’ environment for educational investment in myself, is a fantastic way to enhance my learning curve. Lets face it one cant get much ‘different’ than Vegas.

I am also looking forward to the upcoming negotiation skills Business Growth Day with Derek Arden. However, after convincing my wife to let me go on my own to Vegas, I already feel quite proficient :)

Best regards
Adam Frampton

2 | LIZ MOWATT

June 21st, 2011 at 16:33

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“Act your wage” – love it! I shall be using that quote! What fantastic advice and great to read about your fun holiday Bev.

Adam, a master negotiator AND poker player…….. the opportunities with those skills must be endless… :) Have a wonderful trip!

Liz

3 | Zeynep Turudi

June 22nd, 2011 at 14:50

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Hi Bev,

Thank you for you post, i loved the phrase “successful people do the things that they don’t necessarily want to do in order to get the outcome they want” perfect timing ! I shall cherish and never forget it.

Look forward to seeing yourself and Nic Rixon on Friday.

Best Regard

Zeynep Turudi

4 | Gordon Hennessy

July 5th, 2011 at 15:57

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Glad you had a nice holiday Bev. I know your mum did. Take care.

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