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2017- A Success For You, Or Not?

Has 2017 been a ‘success’ for you? Here’s a great way to work out what success means to you. It will give you real clarity. Give it a read.

An amazing thing happened while sitting a few weeks ago with loved ones in a cafe in Sintra, just outside Lisbon (as you do). I’d just ordered lunch, and a bottle of red wine, when I realised this powerful truth:

This Will Give You Your Just Desserts – Promise!

Having a personal ‘purpose’ is all the rage. Most seem to be about doing good for others. Mine too. Enough already!! We’re deluding ourseves. Rather, get totally self-focussed. Here’s why.

I’m in Cape Town, visiting my dear friend Tiramisu Graham. He’s a unique character. He loves doing things for others. Always has done. Last time I was here my then 10 year old mate was panting for the tiramisu dessert on the lunch menu. When it was time to order, it was sold out! He was devastated. I heard Graham that afternoon phoning restaurants, but paid little attention. At dinner, as menus were handed out, he whispered to my mate: “Oh, and they have tiramisu. I reserved a giant serving for you.” My mate beamed. Graham beamed. “It’s a pleasure,” he said to my mate’s excited thanks. And that’s the point.

The Most Important Question To Ask If You Want To Thrive

Here’s a very personal question. It’s likely the first time you’ll really think about this issue. The answer might surprise you, and can –literally- energise your future. Here is that critical question- for you, and for me.

My last Possums post suggested inspiration comes from ‘getting started.’ If we get cracking on a project, even if we don’t feel like it, then very quickly the ideas and momentum- and inspiration- comes too. My view was that environments can inspire (eg: for me, say, Rome, or the artefacts and furniture in my office, etc), but it’s taking action that really counts.

Then a wise colleague generously shared a powerful insight that has sat front and centre in my mind. This is part of what he wrote to me. “To be inspired is to ‘breathe in.’….. There’s also nothing wrong with surrounding yourself with the things, and especially people, who give you heart, even comfort.” And in that statement is THE question to answer if you want to thrive. Here is it.

Rob Ford - Toronto Mayor

The First Rule Of Crisis Management- Use It Every Day To Succeed!

18 months ago a tumor was found on my vocal chords. I walked from the specialist’s surgery straight to my office and for the next four hours devoted myself to the first rule of crisis management. It’s a rule that helped me then, and helps me every day- in business and in life. Do you do it?

Imagine you were advising the Mayor of Toronto. An allegation of substance abuse is made. All hell breaks loose. What do you do next?

Remember what actually happened next? First, the video of him taking crack cocaine appeared- with an online auction grabbing headlines as to who would buy the tape. Evidence of public drunkenness emerged. Then prostitutes. Drink driving. More illegal drugs. I mean- oi fricken vey!

So if you were advising this lad, again, the first rule of crisis management is an absolute MUST. Here is it.

Rob Ford - Toronto Mayor

Here’s The Best Advice You Will Get All Year

A new year stretches out before us, winking optimism, opportunity, freshness and renewal. And to help you make this a great year, I am going to share some brilliant advice I have just received. It is a gem- and if you deliver on it, will make 2014 an outstanding year. Promise. Here it is.

I love the ‘fresh start’ that January brings. It lifts my spirits, and makes me feel ‘anything is possible.’ I plan accordingly! Sadly, history tells me that by about March, I will have sunk back into the depths of deadlines, ‘to do’ lists, pressure, and a string of broken promises with myself. I lose sight of what drives, inspires and gives me purpose. But not this year. No, no, no! You see- I read a piece of advice while on my break that I know will make this year a triumph of mindfulness and happiness. It can for you too. If you’re up for it. Here’s that gem.

How Many Times You’ve Had Sex, and Who’s Next -A Lesson for Life and Business

Here’s an odd question to be asked: “How many times have you had sex? And do you know who will be next?” So – who is asking and why is it relevant? Read on and find out, and learn a major lesson for business and life.

Growing up in South Africa in the 1970s I know only too well the fame and influence of singer Rodriguez. So the Oscar winning documentary on his amazing story, “Searching For Sugar Man” was extra special. (Those lines from his song “I Wonder”… ”I wonder, how many times you’ve had sex, and I wonder, do you know who’ll be next” were intriguing and exciting to a generation of young South Africans brought up in a highly censored, incredibly strict apartheid South Africa police state). It’s all explained in the doco- worth a watch for sure!

The story is of the search for Rodriguez- ‘bigger than Elvis’ in South Africa, but unheard of in his native America. Nothing was written or apparently known about him, and he was rumored to have killed himself. The ‘searchers’ hit a big obstacle in their search. Most would have given up, but they didn’t- their attitude was this: