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About Peter Horsfield
Peter Horsfield in an Authorised Representative and Investsure Holdings Pty Ltd ABN 16 050 286 630 as trustee for Horsfield Family Trust ABN 55 609 068 513 is a Corporate Authorised Representative of Infocus Securities Australia Pty Ltd ABN 47 097 797 049 AFSL and Australian Credit Licence No. 236523.
Growing up Dad would drive me to swimming training early in the morning and to pass the time we would tell each other jokes.
Trained as an accountant with a background in economics and having a very dry sense of humour, this is one of my favourite jokes I remember him recounting me.
A businessman was interviewing job applications for the position of manager of a large division. He quickly devised a test for choosing the most suitable candidate.
He simply asked each applicant this question, "What is one plus one?"
The first interviewee was a journalist. His answer was, "Eleven".
The second was a social worker. She said, "I don't know the answer but I'm very glad that we had the opportunity to discuss it."
The third applicant was an engineer. He pulled out a slide rule and came up with an answer "somewhere between 1.999 and 2.001."
Next came an attorney. He stated that "in the case of Jenkins vs. the Department of the Treasury, one plus one was proven to be two."
Finally, the businessman interviewed an accountant. When he asked him what one plus one was, the accountant got up from his chair, went over to the door, closed it, came back and sat down. Leaning across the desk, he said in a low voice, "How much do you want it to be?"
The accountant got the job.
More than being in awe of my Dad’s wit and humor, he taught me to appreciate that more often than not there is more than one answer to life’s question and the answer can often be "what you want it to be!"
As a young boy diagnosed with dyslexia this tongue-in-cheek story also encouraged me, in that my academic ability (or lack of) as evidenced in my report card at school, does not automatically equal a future failure in life.
Since then I have discovered many leaders, entrepreneurs and public figures diagnosed with dyslexia as children known to be poor students at school, then later in life labelled heroes and geniuses. Many now credit dyslexia as a problem solving and creative gift, not a disability.
Following on in this tradition, the following are some “genius insights” I have had on my own journey in defining my “worry free, ideal life”
The American’s sure know how to market entertainment and sadly I’ve been sucked into watching Trump vs Republicans slagging matches, the Bernie Sanders and Hilary with the FBI. It’s House of Cards but Live!
I’ve even snapped at loved ones, just so I could watch a news grab or an interview with the candidates themselves, their fans or political commentators slagging or slandering each other like it’s a sport.
Then I asked myself “What value is this adding to my life?" It only freaks me out watching all this political sensationalism and it’s distracting me from the more important things in life within my control i.e. exercising, relationships, helping clients and trying new things.
At first my solution was to simply block news website pages and I downloaded movies instead of watching free to air TV. This only gave me more time to wonder about what’s happening, which lead me to an realisation that it might not be politics or news I am addicted to. It might be something more.
Looking inward and self-examining “What do I want more of? What can’t I get enough of? What don’t I have enough of?
Some of my discoveries were as follows.
I want more….
Wow! Discovering this about myself made me feel so cliché. Was I just another materialistic consumer, hollow and a part of the western society’s greed and problem rather than being part of the solution? Even worse was the discovery that "what I wanted more of" was polar to my altruistic values to be of help to others, give back, leave a legacy and make the world a better place.
Believing that only when I had enough “of what I want” and felt good enough, only then could I start to live aligned to my core values. Talk about undermining one’s confidence.
However it’s not just me, it’s all of us and we are fed this “you are not enough” and “you can be better” 99.99% of the time by media, leaders, colleagues, peers and families. Try observing this the next time you turn on the TV or open and flick through the pages of a magazine.
Going deeper I searched myself more to find below my feelings of "not having enough" I deduced it was because "I didn’t feel that I was enough" and I had unknowingly trapped myself into a vicious cycle of validating my worth because I felt unworthy, never to be fully satisfied.
What would happen if I no longer had this belief and I could break that habit?
Would I be ok? Would I be enough with what I have? The answer is obvious. In fact I believe I am more now than I was before.
I don’t need more.
Buying that $100,000 car is not going to make me feel more successful. I don’t need to make more income to feel self-important and I certainly don’t need to leverage myself up and risk it all by holding multiple investment properties simply to hear the good opinion of others.
Before these things were important to me however at the same time having them I never felt true peace or satisfaction. There was always more; bigger goals, bigger ego and greater expectations. It was like a rollercoaster that you can’t get off.
Does this mean I’m no longer ambitious, or lost my drive and focus? No Way!
In fact I am more passionate, dedicated, confident and certain about my future than I have ever been. While at the same time relaxed, at peace, with time to invest in the important things to me.
To eat good food, to live in a comfortable home, to own a reliable car, to be with those I love and to work with clients who pay me well. These are all simply practical (and even healthy) things to have in a modern, everyday life.
In fact, it has been proven time and time again that after our basic necessities of life are met the correlation between having more and our happiness declines i.e. more doesn't make you happier or give you a more fulfilling life.
"The things you own end up owning you.” Fight Club
So thank you Donald, Bernie, Hillary and the American entertainment industry, you have helped me discover how to be a better me.
I am enough. I have always been enough. I just wasn’t aware of it until now.
In life I believe we are given signs. In fact I literally saw mine walking to work. “Better, Not Bigger” flashed before me as the bus turned the corner and speed off.
Since then this “simple” message changed my perspective of life to its core; rippled through my business dealings, relationships, health, experiences and goals, to what I believe and doing so helped me to reveal the more authentic me.
K.I.S.S. an acronym for "Keep it simple, stupid" created for a design principle noted by the U.S. Navy in 1960.
This K.I.S.S. principle states that most systems work best if they are kept simple rather than made complicated; therefore simplicity should be a key goal in design and unnecessary complexity should be avoided.
In fact I believe simplicity embodies elegance, wisdom, effectiveness and profitable.
I think I’m in good company here.
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”. Leonardo da Vinci
“The definition of genius is taking the complex and making it simple.” Albert Einstein
While de-cluttering is the first step to simplify our lives, stopping here cheats from the best benefits, simplicity has to offer. Furthermore rebuilding something new, from less and that new something be of superior quality, is liberating, empowering and inspirational.
So while the saying “live more, with less” may sound like a paradox; the truth is, our very own human genetic design i.e. DNA is coded to identify, adapt evolve to be more efficient for us to better survive.
Recently I bench marked my progress of applying this KISS principle to my “Be Better, Not Bigger” edict, in my financial planning business. The review revealed both some expected and refreshing results.
Most importantly clients told me “they feel supported and more confident than previously and are on track to achieving their goals”.
I have also seen an increase in new client enquiries and increased bottom line profitability. Reassuring feedback from the people who pay our bills that “being better, not bigger” is a good business model for both them and us.
These results speak for themselves and are proof, that truly living this KISS (Keep It Simple) & “Be Better, Not Bigger” attitude is an elegant, wise, effective and profitable however the invisible effects have been even more nothing short of life changing.
Profound benefits discovered by simplifying my life:
Clarity When you know what’s important you and you are making choices aligned to your core values, decisions are easy. From this place we can better filter out choices between what will helps us, hinders us or may harm us.
This is very different from having a life full of complexity, reactionary and emotional decision making. Our reactions set of a chain of events that affect others around us. Responding appropriately way often leads to a problem being resolved rather than becoming bigger.
Peace Defined as freedom from disturbance and a time where there is no war or war has ended. Rather than chasing after the things important to others by focusing on what’s important to us we eliminate our distractions and we fast track the time and achieve our goals sooner.
Keeping my focus simple gives me the peace to focus on my clients more and continually find more ways deliver even more value to them.
Health Stress is a known killer and depression is a black dog. We all know what we need to do to live a health life, so do it, don’t delay it. Studies have also shown that the less sedentary we are the less fat, junk food we consume and more we hydrate with water.
Consider this domino effect of exercising more, eating better, hydrating more, having more energy, less stressed and living life more would have on your relationships and decision making. 99% of the time improved health starts with getting outside and going for a walk.
Relationships Be no place else, especially regarding your relationship with yourself, more than external relationships. How we feel on the inside we express on the outside. Under anger is hurt, under hurt is fear, under fear is vulnerability. Vulnerability is the fertile soil where love, peace and growth is best developed.
Being in a relationship where you can be vulnerable without fear is deeply peaceful. Removing the distractions, over reactions and peer pressures; make time to reflect, talk, learn and deepening your relationships is the foundation of trust.
Confidence Less distractions coupled with my choices in alignment with my core values buoys my confidence. This has not only sped up my decision making process it has also held me back from making poor decisions.
I have learnt to let go of what I can’t control and focus on what I can control.
Liberation “Free at last, free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last!” leading on to greater emotional, intellectual and physical agility.
Today I am more motivated to do more of the things that only I can do and I receive a direct benefit from this simple choice. These include diving on the Great Barrier Reef, exercising, bush walking, quality time with friends & family, being more my authentic self and embracing new experiences.
Gratitude Living with less gives greater appreciation for necessity and what is a luxury. Being grateful for real relationships, deep friendships, good health, honesty, considerate of others difficulties and helping where you can is both humbling and reassuring.
From this place I am less distracted by the flash, the ego and noise. I boast less and are deeply thankful for the opportunities and position I have been given to help others live a more fulfilling life.
Embracing a “Keep It Simple” edict isn’t easy and the majority of us will move on to something new and shiny, however the results I have discovered from my “Keep It Simple” and “Be better, Not Bigger” edicts has been profound, rewarding and valuable.
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