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A Lesson From Gone With The Wind

“One-half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up before you get it.” – Sydney Howard Syndey Howard was an Amercian playwright and screenwriter. He won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1925 and a posthumous Oscar for the screenplay for the movie Gone With The Wind. His quote above I…

Chaos & Tranquility – A weekend of opposites…

“In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.” Deepak Chopra My weekend was an exercise in complete opposites… Saturday was spent with a dozen ‘high-energy’ kids (4 to 6 year olds) as we celebrated the birthdays of our kids Jane (6) and Sam (4). Monsters, jumping, chasing… and that was just…

Learning from Fergie

“When we discussed the candidates that we felt had the right attributes, we unanimously agreed on David Moyes. David is a man of great integrity with a strong work ethic. There is no question he has all the qualities we expect of a manager at this club.” – Alex Ferguson, outgoing manager of Man Utd.,…

Inspiration From a Rugby Star

“I am astonished at the negativity and how everybody blames everyone else in what are undoubtedly tough economic times, but I live in a country where people are dying of AIDS and of hunger every day, a country where crime is rampant, yet the motivation is built on what we can do and never on…

The Search For Meaning

“Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness.” – Freud Recent research the area of positive psychology and well-being has shown what my mother has known all along… To enjoy genuine fulfilment in life, you must have meaningful work and meaningful relationships. Meaning is possibly THE word of the moment. And because we are…

Poking Life The Apple Way

Someone sent me in this extract from an interview with Steve Jobs in 1994, and I thought I’d share it with you. In it he explains his rationale for the famous ‘Think Different’ campaign, which started the seeds of the Apple the world knows today: “When you grow up you tend to get told the…

Adversity, Failure and Heartache…

“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit.” – Napoleon Hill, Author of ‘Think & Grow Rich’ I remember a mentor of mine asking me what I considered to be a silly question in my early 20’s. “When do you learn most Shane – when you’re…

An Inspiring Talk From An Unexpected Source

“Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference.” -Robert Frost It isn’t easy taking the road less travelled. But when you’re looking to create something new or live/work in an authentic way, it’s usually the right road to take. Below…

What’s the Real Problem?

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein Someone remarked to me recently that life is a series of problems to be overcome.  And that you keep going until one of the problems (death) beats you… Einstein’s quote is one that’s often bandied…

2 Key Traits of the Successful (Inluding Katie Taylor)

“Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” – Calvin Coolidge, 30th President Of The United…