#2 – Rob’s Survival Kit                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     By Rob Mailich

It has taken me 10 years to become an overnight success.  REDi Recruitment (one of the businesses in The HRW Group) turns 10 next month and it has been an amazing journey of highs and lows – mostly highs, thankfully.  

To what do I attribute this success? Here are my top 10 items that I believe are crucial to being successful:

1)  Stay fit – every year I have ambitions to do various events that test the limits of my body.  I love the training and getting to the goal. I enter, I train, I achieve. It keeps me mentally sane too.

2)  Family time – I work like a slave and put in the hard yards, however, family always comes first.  I have never missed a soccer game, a ballet concert, a parent-teachers meeting or a year-end play.  I have a date night every week on a Wednesday night (with my wife in case you were wondering). I work every other night (except Friday and Saturday nights) from 7.30pm to around 10pm once the kids have gone to bed so that I stay on top of everything.

3)  Don’t be greedy – The only thing that I am greedy for is more time.  Money is not something that is the be all and end all.  If you love what you do, the money will come as a by-product.  I had an incident in March 2013 where a good friend (pilot) and I were flying in a small single prop aircraft and the engine blew.  At this point, no amount of money was going to keep us alive – being alive after this made me realize the importance of other things in life and how we should work to live and not live to work. Be ALIVE in everything you do.

4)  Travel – I absolutely love travel.  I have traveled the world, I have lived in the US and the UK for several years, I am worldly and understand and love other cultures as well as seeing new things and places.  I go skiing in the Alps each year. I always book my travel plans at the beginning of each year so I have it booked out of my calendar and I have something awesome to look forward to

5)  Eat – don’t get me started on this topic.  Food is to me like peas are to carrots. I love trying new cuisines.  I travel in order to try out new cuisines. Don’t ask me to share my food though – very selfish when it comes to this!!!

6)  HAVE FUN – this should be my number one mantra actually.  In the workplace, I am always smiling and joking. At home I play video games with the kids, table tennis, play pool, we wrestle like we are John Cena and Roman Reigns (ok, like Hulk Hogan or Andre the Giant for the older readers).  Laughter is the greatest invention in the world.

7)  Give Back – whether it is of yourself or money – the world works in strange ways – when you give, you receive in abundance.

8)  Affirmations, Contemplations, Visualisations – when I want something I will draw it, think about it, and re-affirm it aloud daily.  Trust me – it works!!!

9)  Sleep – get at least 7 hours of sleep per night.  8 hours, even better. With the amount of work and exercise I do, I try my best to get as much sleep as I can (not always achievable though)

10)  Health – Without your health, you are nothing.  Drink water, eat protein, I limit my carbs, I drink a glass of lemon water every morning (frozen lemon with the rind – sounds odd…I know), I have a ‘floo-juice’ each day which I make using my Nutribullet (consists of a whole peeled orange, whole peeled lemon, an apple, 2 carrots, honey, ginger and cayenne pepper) and gives me the buzz I need each day. 90-second Ice Cold Shower after exercise – its brrrrrrrrilliant for you.

Bonus Tip:  ALWAYS say PLEASE and THANK-YOU no matter who someone is or what job they do

Thank you for reading this blog.  There is so much positivity out there.  Spend time with your friends. Be with people who build you up. Focus on the positives every day and just remember that everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about – be kind always!!!

Until next time….

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