Leadership lessons from James Bond

Wed25May11

The simple guide to help you to achieve a James Bond-Caliber Life

Admit it, if you’re a man, you’ve thought about how cool it would be to spend a day in the shoes of 007 himself, “Bond, James Bond.”

The cars, adventure, beautiful women, and all the ridiculous spy gadgets. Seriously, who wouldn’t enjoy sporting a wrist-mounted dart gun.

But, there’s something else that attracts us (in a manly way) to Bond. It’s not just the lifestyle and accessories, it’s how he embodies so many of the qualities that we admire in a man.

Self condence, strength, self-control, independence, and charm mixed with a bit of brute force. He seems to hold the world in his hands, but he’d just as easily give it all away.

Lessons # 1 : Finish What You Start

A man can be counted on to complete the mission, whatever it may be. Anyone can start something, but very few can consistently nish.

James Bond shows us that determination isn’t an optional part of manhood, it’s required.

Think of the men in your life you look up to. Chances are they are people you can trust to do what they say. When things get hard and go wrong, it doesn’t cause them to throw in the towel, it only pushes them harder. In the same way, Bond is a closer, something for which all of us menshould strive.

Lessons # 2 : Dominate Technology

Bond is a man that keeps up with the times. He is a master of the current technology and gadgets, but never their slave. You won’t nd Bond spending hours each day frivolously texting away or sporting a permanent bluetooth headset.

Wherever Bond is, he is ALL there, not constantly sidetracked by his Blackberry. He uses technology when he needs it and chucks it when he doesn’t.

Technology can be a great asset, but like many things it can often warp into something we can’t live without. In doing so, it takes a place in our life that it has no business taking.

Bond is the type of man that keeps tech in it’s proper place – a place of servitude..

Lessons # 3 : Know Your Enemy

Like any good practitioner of war, Bond never enters a battle without knowing the intricate details of his enemy. Not just who he is, but how he thinks, what he desires, what he fears and how he can be exploited.

For Bond, and for all men, sometimes the enemy is quite obvious, while at other times they cleverly hide their ulterior motives.

Regardless, knowledge is key to victory in any of these areas. Identifying the enemies in your life, learning their ins and outs, and defeating them at every turn is something Bond understands and all of us should as well.

Lessons # 4 : Dress to Kill

For centuries, part of being a man meant dressing well for every occasion. Suits, hats, collared shirts and well-tting trousers were a necessary part of living well.

Somewhere along the line it became acceptable for a man to leave the house in baggy sweatpants, t-shirt, and a baseball cap.

How a man dresses says something about him and men who dress well exude and inspire condence. So ditch your old, ill-tting rags and invest in a quality wardrobe. After all, the rst step towards being Bond is dressing like him.

Lessons # 5 : Know How to handle your weapon

Bond, understands the value of having a rearm and knowing how to use it. While he only discharges his weapon when absolutely necessary, 007 is well-equipped to defend himself and those around him when the situation arises.

Becoming a skilled rearms user doesn’t mean you need to turn your house into a one-stop armory.

Simply stopping by the local gun range every once and awhile and/or taking a gun safety class can make a big difference. Also, a man should know how to properly clean his gun. After all, a quality weapon is a valuable tool, but it is only as good as the person operating it.

Lessons # 6 : Stay Cool

Remember that one segment in the last 007 movie where Bond cracked under the intense pressure of his mission? Me neither. Bond shows us that being a man means staying cool under pressure.

Life is tough for everyone; get over it. Great men have the inner fortitude to handle themselves with condence and self-control even when the world around them is crumbling.

Bond is able to remain calm because of his past training and experience. Apart from training, playing competitive sports is a wonderful way to learn how to handle stress and prepare for battle, whether it be against the “Man With the Golden Gun” or simply the young hot shot competing for your job.

Lessons # 7 : Always keep your sense of humor

Life can get pretty grim, even when playing high-stakes poker or sunning oneself on a Caribbean beach is part of one’s job description. That’s why it’s imperative to always retain the ability to laugh at your situation, no matter how dire.

Lessons # 8 : Be Loyal

You may question Bond’s antics on occasion, but no one can question his loyalty. To Queen-and-Country. To the mission. To the girl. And sometimes not in that order. But invariably, he’s genuine to the cause and to himself.

Such magnanimous loyalty makes Bond the best. It refines his character and builds trust in others. It sharpens his focus and forges his courage. It generates his confidence and drive for greatness.

Lessons # 9 : Be Courageous

Bond’s job is no picnic. A normal day involves dodging bullets, hand-to-hand combat, high-speed car chases, perilous acrobatics, threat of poison, and risk of betrayal. And that’s just before lunch. But time and again Bond survives (even thrives) due largely to his stout courage.

Throughout your healthy life you’ll need this courage to overthrow complacency, retaliate against fear, reject conformity, and abolish all the other deadly sins of a healthy lifestyle.

And like Bond’s formidable foes, the unhealthy obstacles in your life may seem daunting. Don’t give up or give in. Strike back like Bond – with decisiveness, faith, confidence, and courage.

Lessons # 10 : Be Uncompromising

When was the last time James Bond compromised? Try never. Bond operates with a no-holds-barred attitude. It’s all or nothing. No half-commitments. No half-assing. No settling. Just pure, undeniable, and unrelenting tenacity.

Hence, it’s no accident Bond’s the best. He’s the best because he accepts nothing less.

Don’t confuse greatness with perfection. Bond is great, not perfect. Likewise, your healthy lifestyle will never be perfect. But it can be great! Just how great is up to you. It all comes down to choices.

Originally at http://kamyabology.com/bond

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