You Can Have Your Cake…And Eat It Too!

We have been told our whole lives that “you can’t have your cake and eat it too,” but maybe you can. How you interact and position yourself with others can make the difference between wanting it all and having it all.

Dave Kerpen recently published an article on called, “ How to Get Everything You Want. Seriously.” In the article he brings up seven main points that can help you be successful not only personally, but also professionally.

A few points really stand out and even though they seem like common sense, are rarely used today. The first point is: Listen First and Never Stop Listening. Cake and CoffeeToday, we are so busy thinking about what we are going to say next that we forget to stop and listen to what is actually being said. By listening to others, you can figure out their problems, which leads us to the second point: Help Others. Once you are able to figure out what someone needs, help them. Dave states, “Help first, without expecting anything- and the returns will be enormous.” When you are willing to help someone without expecting anything in return you will come off as genuine and build trust. These people will then help you get where you want to be in return. For example, say you help a friend with a major business issue they have been having. They may then pass along a recommendation to other companies and build your status in the industry.

Another major point he brings up is: Tell, Don’t Sell. This ties into his next point: Inject Passion Into Every Interaction. Be inspiring when trying to get what you need. Don’t just ask for it, tell a story. Engage the people around you and make them want to be part of that story. Passion is contagious, Dave states, and showing that you are dedicated and excited about an opportunity will motivate others to want to help.

Overall, you can be successful in everything you want if you make a conscious effort to do so. So next time someone tells you, “ you can’t have your cake and eat it too” remind yourself that you can, and you will.

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Simon Roads

Vice President of Sales

Born and raised in England, Simon Roads has had a distinguished career in various forms of aviation spanning over 45 years. His journey began as an A&P mechanic in the Royal Air Force and has encompassed a range of roles, ultimately leading to his position as the VP of Global Sales for Honda Aircraft. Throughout this extensive career, he has had the privilege of closely collaborating with Royalty, Dignitaries, and high net worth individuals, providing them with unparalleled expertise and a steadfast commitment to excellence in aviation services.

Having been immersed in the aviation industry for nearly half a century, his wealth of insights and knowledge has established him as a trusted figure within the field. His extensive experience has provided him with the opportunity to engage with diverse cultures, interacting with individuals from various walks of life, and ensuring that their distinctive requirements and preferences are met with the utmost precision.

One of his notable strengths lies in his adeptness at effectively managing global teams. Over the course of his career, he has demonstrated successful leadership and mentorship of professionals from different backgrounds and nationalities, fostering an environment characterized by collaboration, growth, and mutual respect.

Understanding different cultures has played a pivotal role in his professional journey. By taking part in the customs, traditions, and practices of his clients he not only fosters strong relationships but has also gained a profound appreciation for the unique needs and expectations of each of his clients.

Away from work, his priority is his family. His role as grandad to three wonderful boys, brings him immense joy. He has a penchant for outdoor activities such as cycling, kayaking, and golf. Additionally, he has developed a passion for cooking and continually seeks to learn new culinary techniques. The art of balancing life and work is an ongoing journey for him, and he considers himself fortunate to be able to savor the best of both worlds.

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Meredith Stanley

Executive Recruiter

Meredith joined IPS in 2023 as an Executive Recruiter with over 5 years of recruiting experience at Amazon and Lyft. Prior to making the shift to recruiting, Meredith was an Executive Assistant for over 3 years at a Seattle-based insurance company. With a passion for finding top talent, Meredith has hired for a wide range of roles across North America in the hardware, micromobility, operations, transportation, and tech spaces.

After an unsuccessful attempt at a Chemical Engineering degree, Meredith graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies.

Meredith has a passion for live music, playing both piano and trombone. She also enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors either skiing, hiking or scuba diving.

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