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Holding on to Negative Emotions is Like ….

Holding on to negative emotions is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone; you’re the one who gets burned!
This is my own version of a quotation by the Buddha that goes; “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone; you’re the one who gets burned!”  –  I haven’t changed very much, just exchanging the word ‘anger’ for the phrase ‘negative emotions’, but I do believe that this message applies to any and all negative emotions and that this is a valuable distinction to make.
Why …

The Man Who Thinks He Can

We’ve all heard how important attitude is in life, particularly, if you’re looking to achieve a degree of success on your journey. I first came across The Man Who Thinks He Can in Napoleon Hill’s fabulous book, Think and Grow Rich and it inspired me (as did the book). It helped me to really understand what attitude is all about.  You see, hearing about attitude isn’t enough. We need to know it and embrace it with every fibre of our being.
More importantly, we need to understand that attitude isn’t just ‘positive thinking’. Far from it. It’s about realising that we have …

Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech

When it comes to inspiration, the single greatest resource is, and always has been, people and Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech is absolutely crammed full of inspiration.
In the speech, Steve tells us 3 stories from his past in order to make 3 particular points but each story is peppered with golden nuggets of inspiration to add to the power of each point he makes.
There is a common thread running through the 3 stories which we could describe, quite simply, as ‘shit happens’ – or something of that nature.  But that isn’t what Steve’s stories are all about. Actually, they’re all …

The Don’t Quit Poem

by Edgar A. Guest
I find that the Don’t Quit poem is always there to remind me with a  ‘Don’t Quit’ message to keep me going when things seem tough. And things do seem tough for all of us at times.  No-one’s immune to that.
You may well have heard this before but you can either watch the video (which does miss out the 3rd verse) or read the poem for yourself if you scroll down below the video.

The Don’t Quit Poem

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill
When the funds are low and the …

Ever Worry About What People Think of You?

I think that all of us, at one time or another, have worried about what people think of us (and will do again). In fact, I’d hazard a guess that quite a large proportion of people worry about that quite often. Given the headline of my post, maybe you can relate to this?
I must confess that as a teenager and a young man, I worried about this quite often but, fortunately, this is a feeling I experience very rarely these days.  However, a couple of recent conversations reminded me of how I stopped feeling this way and I thought I’d …

The Go Giver

I’ve just  finished re- reading a fantastic book called ‘The Go-Giver’  by Bob Burg and John David Mann.
The book tells the story of an ambitious young man named Joe, who yearns for success.  Joe is a true go-getter, though sometimes he feel as if the harder he works, the further away his goals seem to be.
One day, desperate to land a key sale at the end of a bad quarter, he seeks advice from the enigmatic Pindar, a legendary consultant referred to by many of his devotees as ‘The Chairman’.
Over the next week, Pindar introduces Joe to a series of …

How Great Leaders Inspire Action

We all know how important communication is in business but how do great leaders inspire us to take action?  How do great companies inspire us to take action and part with our hard earned cash to purchase their products and services?  And how can you learn from them so that you can do the same and inspire your staff, your colleagues and your clients?
Simon Sinek asked himself this very same question and, as a result of his research, he discovered a pattern in the way that great leaders communicate.  That led to him writing an excellent book, Start with Why, …

Be Careful What You Set Your Heart On

Be careful what you set your heart on …. for it surely will be yours.
This is one of my all time favourite quotations and it relates directly to the Law of Attraction (I’m a great believer in the Law of Attraction).  It contains a promise, almost a guarantee, but that promise is qualified with a warning, urging us to ‘Be careful‘.
Let me explain how I interpret the message that’s contained within this quotation.

The promise part,  ‘For it surely will be yours‘, is simple.  It tells you that whatever you truly set your heart on will be yours.  No if’s.  No …

Personal Development ~ It’s An Attitude Thing!

I discovered the philosophy of Personal Development at the age of 18.  I was working at a Ford Main Dealer in an administrative role when I was given the opportunity to train in sales.
I attended a residential Sales Training Course at Ford’s Training Centre in the UK and it was while I was on that course that I started to realise how much I loved learning new skills and how important it was for me to perform at my best.  Of course, this may well have been fueled by the fact that, once I started working in sales, I also …

The Cookie Thief ~ A lesson in Assumptions

A woman was waiting at an airport one night,
With several long hours before her flight.
She hunted for a book in the airport shop,
Bought a bag of cookies and found a place to drop.
She was engrossed in her book but happened to see,
That the man beside her, as bold as could be,
Grabbed a cookie or two from the bag between,
Which she tried to ignore to avoid a scene.
She munched cookies and watched the clock,
As this gutsy cookie thief diminished her stock.
She was getting more irritated as the minutes ticked by,
Thinking “If I wasn’t so nice I’d blacken his eye”.
With each cookie …

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