The LINAR Philosophy
The background to LINAR is very simple really and yet fundamental to what drives me, as it is core to who I am as a person and influences a significant part of my being, so it's something I wanted to share.
Like many, I suspect, I was inspired and encouraged by a number of great people in my life; in particular, for me, were my parents and grandparents. They all faced difficult and life altering experiences, from being orphaned at an early age, widowed, loss of siblings and children, having to leave their homes to travel overseas to find work, life-limiting health conditions and all within the context of living in Ireland from 1900 onwards, which had its own challenges.
However, throughout this, they each in their own way stayed positive, optimistic, creative, fun, generous and loving; and an expression I often heard from them was 'life is not a rehearsal'.
By hearing this from an early age, it definitely had a conscious and unconscious impact on me and my life and this expression gave birth to the acronym LINAR and the philosophy for this company.
In today's social media and millennial generation, YOLO (You Only Live Once) would hit the mark and though there were many other expressions that left their impression too, the idea that we have this one opportunity to exist has given way to energy, purpose and clarity on so many occasions during my life.
I can't say it influenced every decision, as I did find myself on many occasions just taking the path of least resistance - conforming to norms, being too busy to take time to reflect and make an informed decision. Sometimes it was just easier to go with the flow...
There have been many times that I have reached a significant crossroads in my life: whether to accept a position in college or continue working; stay in Ireland or move to Canada or London at the age of 19; relationships, marriage, divorce, fertility and health issues; stay in a secure job or accept a new career challenge; move to Hong Kong and then move to New York; stay in a permanent position or become an independent consultant.
At these and so many other times, I would hear the internal voice, sometimes chanting, teasing, chastising and encouraging: 'life is not a rehearsal'.
These words, like an internal navigation device, challenging and guiding me to take a bigger step, be more open to risk, be brave, take on that new unknown opportunity, step outside my comfort zone and enter unchartered waters.
At other times, this internal navigation device had a more subtle influence on my thinking and certainly influenced new thinking: my bucket-lists of ideas, the art of possibilities and blue sky opportunities.
As someone who enjoys a good problem or challenge and is passionate about helping others with their quandaries and goals, I have found the 'life is not a rehearsal' mantra a good filtering tool to hone in on viable solutions and build a route to success.
It is with this philosophy in mind that I set up my company, LINAR - Empowering Potential, to consciously continue to guide my career and life decisions, and to inform the core of how I work with others, so that we are all making the most of the opportunities, goals and decisions we are facing.
Marian's role models