Obstacles or Opportunities

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way. Viktor E. Frankl Sometimes bad stuff happens. We’re cruising along feeling pretty good about life in general, and then we get blind-sided by some…

“Is It Time To Quit My Dreams?”

Dreaming… When I was a kid this was something that you did, more often than not, when you were asleep, or sometimes whilst awake in a ‘day-dream’. Such dreams often involved being able to fly or possess some other magical powers; they took place in faraway lands where the laws of physics didn’t matter. They…

We All Speak a Second Language

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. Nelson Mandela On a recent business trip to Hungary, I was dining in a Budapest hotel and, as is often the case on such occasions, the…

Are You ‘Owning’ Time?

Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Carl Sandburg “I don’t have time…” “I just can’t find the time…” “There aren’t enough hours in the day…” I’m pretty sure everyone has heard and used one of these phrases, or some variation,…

The Greatest Love of Your Life…

Valentine’s Day is celebrated as a day of love and romance. It’s a day that usually focuses on notions of idealistic love coupled with ostentatious displays of affection and gift-giving, like scenes from a movie screen or romance novel. We all know that a successful relationship takes hard work on a day-to-day basis – not just…

Life Through Your Lens…

There is no fixed physical reality, no single perception of the world, just numerous ways of interpreting world views as dictated by one’s nervous system and the specific environment of our planetary existence. Deepak Chopra We all seek to live our lives in accordance with our own beliefs and value systems.  In so doing, we…

Learning from Lincoln…

It’s almost impossible to ignore how the ideas and influence of President Abraham Lincoln – born 12 February 1809 – continue to resonate around the world. Here are five of my favourite quotes by the man who is consistently ranked as one of the three greatest U.S. presidents of all time; five quotes which I…

The Art of Listening…

“I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.” Ernest Hemingway The human ear is an incredible piece of engineering.  The outer ear guides sound waves into the ear canal and down to the delicate fabric of the ear drum, where the resulting vibrations are transferred by…

Why Answers are Boring…

“The important thing is not to stop questioning… Never lose a holy curiosity.” Albert Einstein When you have the answer you no longer have the question.  The journey of discovery has come to an end.  The party’s over. As human beings we have innately curious minds, and have been asking questions for thousands of years.  And for thousands…

Choosing The Long Journey…

So-called swift routes to success seem so appealing, whether it’s to achieve weight-loss, sales results or company growth. Individuals and industries will all too readily seek out the quick fix in the hope it’ll deliver the desired outcome fast. Driven by a need for instant gratification or a fear of not achieving results fast enough…