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Being Beach Ready Vs. Life Ready

“Your body has to be in top condition. Your chess deteriorates
as your body does. You can’t separate body from mind.”
-Bobby Fischer

This is the season when advertisers try to ‘guilt’ us into
buying their products and services for being ‘beach ready’.
And in the UK and Ireland there has been a backlash
to some of the new ads.

Maybe we should be looking more at being ‘Life-Ready’?

I find it fascinating that someone like Bobby Fischer would
say something like the above quote. In case you don’t know, he
was an American chess prodigy and many consider him the
greatest chess player of all time.

Chess at the highest levels demands huge mental capacity.

Yet here he emphasises the critical importance of the physical,
because you ‘can’t separate body from mind.’

Problems, Problems

“No problem can be solved from the same level of
consciousness that created it.”
– Albert Einstein

Homer’s Turn

Hi There, In the 3 years I’ve been doing this Monday email shot, I never got a response to an email like the one last week – the words of inspiration coming from my 4 year old daughter, Jane. Some people suggested I should retire and let her send out the emails. Hopefully that will…

3 Ways You Can Help Your CEO/Leader And Vice Versa

“Help me… help you.
Help me, help you.”

– Tom Cruise as Jerry Maguire in the Movie ‘Jerry Maguire’

3 Ways You Can Help Your CEO/Leader

1. Be Visual:

Most leaders in business are visual thinkers. So lean on that.
Draw on a white-board to show a situation, get them involved.

If using slides use simple graphics. A picture tells a thousand words etc.

2. Be Concise:

Your leader wants it punchy. Do the hard work for them by being
clear on what you want them to know. Forget the 3 page report – What are the 3 things they need to know/remember from your meeting? If you make it easy for them it’s appreciated and noted.

How To Thrive

“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.”

– Edmund Hillary

Do You Spend Time Doing This?

“I insist on a lot of time being spent, almost every day, to just sit and think.  That is very uncommon in American business. I read and think.  So I do more reading and thinking, and make less impulse decisions than most people in business.  I do it because I like this kind of life.”…

The Difference Between Being Clever And Being Wise

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world.

Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”

– Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi – 1207-1273, Persian Poet

It’s perhaps what I am most fascinated with as a person.

Can you be in a situation and change nothing other

than your mindset or attitude, and as a result change

everything for the better?

My experience tells me that this is indeed the case,

both with businesses and people.

And yet it’s so easy to do the opposite.

‘You don’t understand Shane…

Success Analogy: Being Busy In The Gym Doesn’t Mean Results

Over the past year, I’ve used the facilities of a local gym/leisure centre close to me. As you’d expect you start to notice people who train regularly at the same time as you. There’s one guy who seems to be there all of the time. He is pretty consistent and dedicated. But what I find fascinating is that he has put on a lot of weight (fat) since he’s been going to the gym.