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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…

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.”…

Are You Chasing The 7% In Sales?

One of my all-time favourite books on Selling is ‘How I Raised Myself From Failure To Success In Selling” by Frank Bettger.  It was written in 1947!  Yet, it’s packed full of real insights. One interesting point he makes, as a result of keeping detailed records of his activity, is the following breakdown of where…

Are Lego On To Something?

“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.” – George Bernard Shaw   As I’m the father to a 6 and 4 year old, I find myself seeing plenty of animation movies (not that I really need an excuse).  In…

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.

Golf Insight for Business & Life

Here’s your shot of weekly inspiration:   “I never hit a shot, not even in practice, without having a very sharp, in-focus picture of it in my head. First I see the ball where I want it to finish, nice and white and sitting up high on the bright green grass. Then the scene quickly…

One Of The Most Powerful Business Questions I Know

One of the things I collect are great questions.  I discovered in my late twenties that if I forced myself to answer great questions really honestly, I’d get a great answer that would help me improve my career, life or even sport performance.  And being honest…:)  sometimes it’s hard to answer certain questions honestly, because…

Is Impossible An Opinion?

Here’s an interesting quote to consider: “Impossible is an opinion, not a fact.” This was shared with me this morning by a teacher in CBC Monkstown, Dublin, Hugh Fitzmaurice.  I’d been asked to speak to transition year and some 5th year students about the power of their mindset. I shouldn’t have been surprised when they…

Anchorman Wisdom

“A wise man once said nothing” – Will Ferrell (American actor and comedian) Have you ever had a moment where you opened  your mouth and said something that you immediately regretted? We all have. But maybe there’s times we don’t regret but we actually should say nothing… There is no doubt that in my mind…