Living the Equation

Living the Equation

Living the equation is the best way to understand. I want to share how I lived an equation and thrived on its experience. I am sure many of you have similar living experiences.

The story began two weeks ago on my trip from Amman to Istanbul. The plane took of at 6:30 in the morning. The passengers were strongly advised to be at the airport three hours before takeoff. This meant leaving to the airport without having any sleep. In addition, I had to carry with me a box for the conference, which meant that I needed some extra time to pay for the excess luggage.

The plane landed on time in Istanbul. I was first lucky to get my suitcase fast. The trouble started waiting for the box. When I was almost left alone because all other passengers left I started worrying the box. Finally, I found it was dispatched off at another place because of it was oversized. I had one Turkish coin to release a baggage cart. I got one and to my dismay it was broken. I had to look for a coin and finally I managed to get change in coins.

I left the airport to my nearby Hyatt Hotel. My room wasn’t ready. I had to wait in the lobby. Many old friends who attended the forum. I spent great time with them. I then rushed to my room and had less than two hours sleeping before I had to get ready for a scheduled preparatory meeting.

At nighttime I watched with few of my friends one of the World Cup games. Just after having a deep sleep for less than two hours somebody knocked on the door. It turned out he was a drunk guest because his team lost the game. His room was next to mine. He expected his wife to open the door for him. I woke up and couldn’t fall asleep. It was rather tough to stand on my feet for three hours the next day.
I made a point not to sleep during the day so that I may retire early. My friends insisted that I should join them for the day match. I couldn’t resist the temptation and I went to bed immediately post the match. I slept deeply. Suddenly, a huge voice exploded in the room urging guests to evacuate their rooms because of a fire in the hotel. Murphy’s Law was in action. I rushed outside to the ground floor. People who were there were terrified. After a short time, it turned out that a guest dared to smoke a cigarette in a non-smoking room. That ruined my sleep. Few hours later I had to give two lectures and mediate a panel discussion.

My felt just before walking in the meeting room that I couldn’t stand on my feet. I remembered that equation Performance = Ability X Desirability. I lost my ability to stand and my desirability to lecture waned. I had to have a talk with myself. Those attendants who flew from many parts of the parts to attend the forum deserves better treatment. I pulled myself together and my desirability escalated accordingly. My positive talk to myself made me stand up for the two lectures and for the panel discussion with a performance that was above my expectations. This was based on the engagement of attendees and their lovely participation in the discussions. I lived the equation and I believe its truth as a result.

It is amazing how positive thinking when coupled with high desirability to achieve work like magic.


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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#28
I am blushing my friend . Thank you for your consideration and trust. I learnt a lot from you through our exchanges of comments.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#25
There is sure a hidden bonding between you and I Franci\ud83d\udc1dEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador. I was about to publish another buzz on the word you you used in your first line of your comment. I mean plethora. I decided that the buzz isn't suitable for the hot summer and postponed it. The buzz focuses on large number of living things such as people, ants, cells, molecules, atoms, humans and many others.. Do we manage regardless of numbers? The answer is no because we face different challenges. How bees,ants, and our bodies manage a plethora of numbers? Are there new insights and unexpected challenges? You trigger my mind to publish sooner than I wanted. You recall that together with the long-absent Sara Jacobovici with myself developed the WDP factor. W stands for wonderment, D for drive and P for Passion. You reminded me of a factor that I helped in forming! I appreciate your kindness and support.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#24
If I were your would keep nagging dear Lisa Vanderburg. Well, with your kind soul and attention my tolerance level to nagging would be very high. I do appreciate your trust and kind words. I say these words passionately.

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

My goodness, what a plethora of unexpected events. You are amazing, Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee. Your passion and drive are just a couple of your exceptional qualities. Where there is a will there is a way but even that can be challenged by tiredness. Positive thinking and passion are major factors in giving us strength when we most need it.

Lisa Vanderburg L

Lisa Vanderburg

3 years ago #22

#19
It's the passion that drives; unbridled delight in the honesty, thought and time you put into your presentations. What shows through is the love and trust of your family - those most important to you as you are to them. That tells much about respect. Good thing I'm not your mother/siter/daughter...the nagging would drive you to distraction :) I sense a very deep, abiding, loving relationship between you and yours; I suspect through mutual and very conscience deference - a family 'pact' of sorts, and fully earned by each member. I salute you all!

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

I meant it is here (not hear) in my previous response Tausif Mundrawala

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#21
I certainly enjoyed reading your comment Tausif Mundrawala I appreciate your confidence and support. Being an experienced lecturer isn't enough when you feel you are dropping into sleeping like wood logs. It is like being a fast runner and then running into a field of nails and thorns. It s hear that internal strength counts the most. It is finding some orderly thinking in the chaos surrounding you.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#18
Great and thoughtful sharing dear Lisa Vanderburg.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#17
Dear Lisa Vanderburg- many times instinct wins over brain. In our complex lives instinct may show us the direction better than the brain. Or, instinct could be a short cut to the same result. I do appreciate your kind words and sharing your experience with such fluidity. Stay good.

Lisa Vanderburg L

Lisa Vanderburg

3 years ago #17

Keeping you eyes on the ball, even when they're shut :)

Lisa Vanderburg L

Lisa Vanderburg

3 years ago #16

More than commenable is your command of mind-over-matter Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee.....I knew you were tired! :) I used to work such long hours in savage heat and stress. Dozens of dockets on my kitchen board, pans and used utensils kicked outta my way as the wash-up was overflowing with an ever-increasing load. Preps sweating and swearing like troopers. Waiters coming in timidly to grab their table when called, hubby & his brother (front-of-house managers) coming in now & then to say 'table so & so still waiting..' Sometimes I just stopped for a couple seconds and stared at the back door longingly....what would happen if I just walked out? This tought led to 'can you die from tiredness?' That's all I needed to get trough, but i wasn't having to use my BRAIN, like you - just instinct. I your case, I'd probably have stood up and said something like 'me go bed - le tired.' Well done, amazing Ali!

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#13
It is already too late in the night and your comment CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit is so deep and understanding that I feel it just needs no comment. The reason- the comment shall not reach the level of your great comment. I hope all commenters on this buzz would read yours. It has so many deep meanings.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#12
Thank you Jerry Fletcher. Like a soldier with sleepless nights I had to pool my strength and every thing just turned right. I am well-relaxed now. Challenges can make us stronger.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#11
Just go ahead dear Proma \ud83d\udc1d Nautiyal and you have my permission. Please tag me when you publish. I appreciate your spirit and understanding of others.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

3 years ago #12

"Hello Houston, this is Odyssey, it's good to see you again" - this is the line from Apollo 13 movie that breaks the tension and is the realization point of winning against adversity. While our troubles pail in comparison, there is still a heroic kind reward of battling through and delivering value where it would have been easier to give up. Not that giving up is necessarily bad because we need to weigh quality of life against quality of risk. In this case thinking about others was greater priority than thinking about oneself and that is what the resulting storyline becomes - a moment where the satisfaction and gratification is in overcoming adversity and creating meaningful memories in the process - sometimes the things that seem to be going against us are the raw material for success - otherwise success is a shallow and superficial thing and today there are plenty of people who go window shopping for success stories that may actually not be repeatable, but a story that contains adversity like this buzz - alerts us to the unexpected and an awareness of how may handle surprise.

Jerry Fletcher

Jerry Fletcher

3 years ago #11

Dr. Ali, I'm reminded of an afternoon in an airport bar where some 20 odd professional speakers were stranded returning home from an National Speakers Association conference because of a delayed flight. the conversation quickly turned to "worst road trips." Yours could have taken first prize. Hope you are home safe and sound and slightly better rested.

Proma 🐝 Nautiyal

Proma 🐝 Nautiyal

3 years ago #10

I loved the post, Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee...I can't imagine how you managed to deliver the lectures and mediate panel discussions with so little rest, but a sharp mind like yours with experience and focus can clearly do wonders. I loved it because it inspired me. I really needed this pep talk. The equation sounds perfect! Performance = Ability + Desirability. It couldn't be said better. With your permission, may I create a visual quote on the same and link your article to it for others outside beBee to learn more about it? Thank you! Wish you some good rest. :-)

Debasish Majumder

Debasish Majumder

3 years ago #9

your buzz evidently resonates with Robert Frost' great quote, that, ' i have many a promises to keep, miles to go before sleep, miles to go before i sleep'. i am truly perturbed sir Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee that your slumber being disturbed.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#7
We all experiences the same thing. That is Murphy's Law stating that things go wrong when can. It is self-positive talk my friend as our friend Edward Lewellen commented on this buzz on LinkedIn. I thank you for your encouragement and sharing the buzz my friend.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Dear - I noticed that you shared the buzz. This is great for one prime reason. You are back. I have missed my exchanges of comments greatly lately with you. I hope you are doing great.

Debasish Majumder

Debasish Majumder

3 years ago #6

lovely buzz sir Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee! i am amazed that you too preoccupied with the unprecedented incidents you came across! how it has engulfed your faculty? perhaps the age could be a determining factor, making you pretty resilient! however, lovely buzz sir. enjoyed read and shared. thank you for the buzz,

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#5
Dear Cyndi wilkins- what a beatiful way to say it "Every time we scale a wall it is guaranteed there is another higher one on the other side;-)"! I love this. Yes, and your comment is filled with wisdom my friend. I had my share of sleep. Thank you

Cyndi wilkins

Cyndi wilkins

3 years ago #4

We sure do live our own lessons don't we...Sounds like you surfed the turbulence like a pro;-) Ah, life would be so much easier if things worked out all neat and tidy all the time...but then we would learn nothing. Every time we scale a wall it is guaranteed there is another higher one on the other side;-) I hope you have been able to get some restorative sleep Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee...

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#2
Your comment my friend @Bill King is exactly what I aimed for in publishing this buzz. Thank you

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#1
You said it beautifully my friend as I indeed found a way amid the chaos. Yes, I have have had noo accident my friend. When we are alert we could become more attentive.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #1

Sounds like a heck of road trip. I am glad you were able to find a path through the chaos. I know travel can sometimes suck the wind right out of sails. Assuming you made it home without incident?

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