“The higher you go, the cooler it becomes.” Really? Let us start from the fundamentals.  It is a maxim we learnt form geography in school about the weather.

Having come a long way in our professions and our careers, can we safely say it has been cooler over the years, as we ascended the corporate ladder? Even at that, how can we simply apply the higher you go belief in the way we work and live?

Has it certainly been cooler for you over the years as you climbed higher? Certainly not, you answer. The higher you go; the cooler, may work in geography or atmospheric conditions, certainly not in the workplace, vocations, professions, family and relationships.

What with mounting responsibilities, challenges, economic and social problems. It has certainly not been cooler for me. If it has been so for you, then you must be a superstar. Even superstars feel the pinch too as they rise in stardom. While there may be some consistency in geographical conditions, it is not necessarily so in economic and social conditions.

In geography, it may just be true that the higher you go the cooler. In professional practice and business, you may be up today, and down tomorrow. Either way, it gets hotter. This is the real story.

So to remain cool, should you stagnate? No! You have to be upwardly mobile to improve your fortunes and quality of life for you and your family. But you need to consistently do a number of things to make it cooler as you go higher. You need to do so because the challenges of leadership and the hassles of remaining competitive in the marketplace are becoming overwhelming globally.

Everything has an atmosphere. For your person it is called aura, and by extension charisma. This personal atmosphere can pull or repel with interplay of forces with other persons or objects. Metallic objects that do so are called magnets. The higher you go.

As you have atmospheric conditions; hot, cold, harsh winter or summer, so they are for you as a person.

Growing up and progressing in life, business, your workplace and profession have atmospheres. And so the challenge for you is to emulate nature and make sure your atmosphere becomes cooler as you go higher in life and your profession.

You need to chill your atmosphere of going higher so that you can live long, be more productive and tell a good story about your life and work. For professional businessmen and women, the world over, life and work is certainly getting hotter. And some are dying in their 30s and 40s largely as a result of high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, kidney failure and accidents.

Check out the obituary pages of many newspapers, you will see a familiar caption as is done in Nigeria: Gone too soon; then a tribute, followed by names of the Committee of Friends. And the pay off…burial arrangements as announced by the family. The higher you go.

If you don’t want to be a victim, then chill your atmosphere. The critical question now is: How cool or hot is your state of life and business now? Cool! Congratulations, please keep it up so that you may live long and it shall be well with you. May be it is hot. Then you must act fast and begin to chill your atmosphere as nature does in our study of geography. So how do you chill your condition? Adapt what I call the compressor strategy. If possible, be a compressor. Doing so enables you to use less space, time and energy, achieve more and tell the good story of success.

To understand this better, take a look at all the electrical gadgets in your home that chill; refrigerators, air conditioners and others. They all have something in common- a component called the compressor. What does it do? Powered by electricity, this component compresses a special gas causing condensation that transforms air to liquid droplets. When this happens, the temperature of the fridge drops and the atmosphere in it becomes a lot cooler. That is essentially what an air conditioner does. Read the concluding of this story in Part 2, in the next edition of Great Storytelling network.

Eric Okeke is a storyteller, editor, business writer, motivational speaker and author of the best selling book: I Want a Husband. He is one of Nigeria’s most experienced financial journalists. He has published several articles in local and foreign publications and in websites such as http://www.ezinearticles.com, www.ezinearticles.com and www.writingcareer.com. He is currently running Infomedia Company, a media consulting and information marketing company. Visit his blog at http://sallywantsahusband.blogspot.com

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