Quiet the noise!

dreamstime_301196It is 5AM. The house is quiet. It is the time that I find best for writing and considering things that trouble or concern me. As I began my writing today, I was wondering why I don’t find this quiet in other parts of my day? I know my inner dialogue is that it is because the world is busy and full of interruptions and quiet isn’t possible most of the time.

As I hear that voice, I also remember people that I have encountered that seem to live in a manner that is contrary to my belief. In particular, I remember a man I met 23 years ago. I was starting a new business and we had an open house to attract software developers to be part of our consulting firm. We were in the middle of Silicon Valley. I had been involved in this hectic world for 10 years and we were going to build a company that met the needs of technology companies to fuel their growing demand for high-level software developers.

As this fellow walked up to me, he smiled. I was immediately drawn to look at his eyes. There were a shade of blue that I have not seen before or since. His eyes seemed to transmit a sense of inner joy and peace. We talked briefly about his work. He was one of the most qualified people that we talked to that day. Yet, he was very different than anyone else. He was not striving to be anyone or anything than who he was. He did not “need” work. Rather, he was following his intuition to come to see us. As we talked, it became clear to both of us that our environment would not serve his needs and we parted company.

I went back to the conversations of the day to secure as many qualified software folks as we could. I quickly forgot about this guy, until today. Today, I see his smile and feel his peacefulness and quiet and I am grateful. For he was there to show me the answer to the question I have this morning.

Now 23 years later, I can remember what I quickly put away that day. The special quality he had was that he was not striving for anything. He walked with clarity and deliberateness. I feel such gratitude to him. I can see the cost of pushing faster than the waters of a situation are moving. I can feel the consequence to my quiet by wanting something to be different than it is.


I find freedom in realizing that I can find this early morning quiet whenever I choose it. Do you feel at times the chaos of a busy world? Where can you find peace? I bet there was someone you met along the way as I did who can show you the answer to that question.

Until later,


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Author: Thomas White

Over the past thirty-five years, Thomas White has created and led private and public organizations that initiated breakthroughs in areas as diverse as computer software, publishing, printing, market research, leadership development and organizational change. The common ingredients in his success are simple. He looked beyond the limitations that others believed and found real solutions to needs that business leaders have. He attracted the best talent to translate these innovative solutions into practical products and services that were of high value to customers. He created cultures where people love what they do, work at their best and produce extraordinary results. In addition to his role as a business leader, Thomas has been a pioneer and inventor of technologies in the computer-networking field. He is a patent holder for innovations in business process and workflow technology. As part of his passion for educating others about the interface of human and computer systems, he was the co-author of “New Tools for New Times, The Workflow Paradigm”. He has also written articles for numerous publications. In 2001, he turned his attention from leading companies to supporting leadership teams in creating organizations of excellence. After many years of being a part of the machine of change, Thomas recognized that business is the most powerful force in the world. It has a major impact on public policy and governments everywhere. It is a key influence on how we use our resources and sets an example of the values that shape communities from local to global. He formed the consulting firm of Profoundly Simple to be a guide for exemplary leaders - leaders who wisely uses the power they are entrusted with to serve their constituencies first and themselves second; leaders who know that it is good business to treat people with respect, honor the environment and act with impeccable integrity – leaders who inspire greatness in those around them and by doing so create great organizations that are notable examples of success. Feeling the itch to get back into the game again, Thomas joined with two long time friends, to start the C-Suite Network. This network of business leaders offers an online network, events, services, and insights to its 500,000 member community. In addition, the C-Suite Network produces and distributes television and radio content to an audience of over 5M per month

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