A little bit of positivity goes a long way

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By Stephen Firth - Managing Director

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It’s July already. 6 months, 181 days and 4,344 hours have passed in a blur. These facts bring a lot questions. Where has the time gone? Have I achieved enough? What more could I have done? Does time fly when you’re having fun?

The second half of the year prompts us to consider how the first half went, and more importantly, how we can make the next 6 months even better.

For inspiration I have looked to South Korea. Let me explain why.

We work with Hyundai Motor Company, one of the largest motor manufacturers in the world. Hyundai are also one of the 3 big ‘chaebols’ (family owned conglomerates) in South Korea, the others being tech giants Samsung and LG.

Hyundai are an exciting brand, full of positivity and optimism, and have a strong product (a product Gravity Thinking are working to build awareness of.) They are a rare client in that they are always willing to push the boundaries. Strategic and creative minds come together to focus on making the impossible possible, whilst having a lot of fun along the way.

The fact that they are South Korean is very pertinent for three reasons:

  • South Korea has the 4th largest economy in Asia, and 11th largest in the world.
  • They have gone from being one of the poorest countries in the world to a developed high-income country in just one generation. This is known as the ‘miracle on the Han River’.
  • They have one of the fastest growing economies on the planet – with no real sign of slowing down.

This success has made me consider the lessons to be learned from a nation that has achieved so much in such a short time period. A nation that knows tomorrow will be better than yesterday, with enough hard work. Here are just 3 things that I’ve identified from working with Hyundai, and will carry forward with me for the rest of this year, and beyond.

Nothing is impossible, after all the word itself says “I’m possible!”

Great people and great businesses don’t limit themselves. They think big, act big and disrupt the world with that attitude. Brands such as Apple, Facebook, Nike, Airbnb, IBM and Hyundai push the boundaries of possibility everyday. We all need to ask, ‘How are we going to do this?’ rather than, ‘Can we do this?”

Life is tough, but remember so are you.

Of course, life is always harder for some than others. But everyone has a choice in how they handle their circumstances, and that choice can be the difference between success and failure. After all, South Korea had the odds stacked against them and are still going from strength to strength today. It’s important to take on every challenge we face, however tough it seems, and with a positive attitude.

Your vibe attracts your tribe.

Positivity is addictive. Being around positive people makes you feel more positive. Our meetings with Hyundai are full of positive energy and intent, and this positivity permeates long after meetings finish. However, do we consider how we can be the catalyst for that positivity? We should ensure that we radiate positivity in all situations, so that those around us start to do the same.

Just considering and writing these words has done me the world of good. It’s made me more grateful for the good things and feel more positive about how I handle any challenges the rest of the year will throw at me.

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