Build a man a fire & he’ll be warm for a day… set a man on fire & he’ll be warm for the rest of his life!
Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination.
Devour films, music, books, paintings, poems, photographs, conversations, dreams, trees, architecture, street signs, clouds, light and shadows.
Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic.
Authenticity is invaluable.
Originality is non-existent.
Don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it.
Remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.”
I stole this from Paul Arden (although he stole it from Jim Jarmusch first)
“It’s not necessary to use chop-sticks,
when a knife and fork will do.”
Unknown Chinese Businessman in Singapore
When you devise your company name or create it’s brand & identity, create a marketing/ advertising/ viral campaign, put on a live event or show, interact with a client or customer, you have a choice…
you can be memorable…
you can be remarkable
you could even be phenomenal…
but best of all, be unforgettable!
(for the right reasons of course!)
Rules of Grammar: A double negative is a no no
A design isn’t finished when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away… good design is about saying no.
Occam’s Razor: “the simplest solution is almost always the best”
If you recognise yourself in this video, change your life! (oh and look out for banana skins)
“Never regret… if it’s good, it’s wonderful, if it’s bad, it’s experience” - Victoria Holt
“A man is not old until regrets take place of his dreams” - John Barrymore
“You don’t have to do something wrong to lose a customer, sometimes it’s because you didn’t do enough”
creativity is no longer a word reserved for the musician or artist
it’s something you can find in anyone
it’s the ability and urge to make something of value
it can be big
it can be small
but making something new
something that surprises
something that makes you think
something that makes you smile
it’s making something beautiful
it’s telling a story
it’s telling your story
it’s about being passionate
it’s creating something that other people can use
sharing your creativity
it’s realising that there isn’t always a right way or a wrong way of doing things
and that there’s not always a correct answer
only the answers that we create
but common for creativity is that is comes from inspiration
inspiration found in the world that we live in
and the people we live with
it’s found in what we share with them
building on what’s given from the diversity of people’s thoughts and perspectives
so try and drop the assumption that you know how to do things
and already know the solution
stray away from the direct path
don’t be afraid to make mistakes
because it’s only from the mistakes that we learn
and it’s from the mistakes that the really interesting things happen
we may not always create or invent
but we always learn when we try
A stockbroker is someone that looks after your money until it’s all gone
If I I’d asked people what they wanted, they’d have said a faster horse
“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be”
Anyone can lead, it isn’t about having authority, it’s about gaining trust & respect through the correct behaviour
“Asking the right questions, is more important than having all the answers”
Here’s a great presentation by Nigel Marsh given at TEDx Sydney in May, I recommend watching it, it’s only 10mins long, here’s a snippet
“the small things matter… being more balanced doesn’t mean dramatic upheaval in your life… with the smallest investment in the right places, you can radically transform the quality of your life and relations… I believe it can transform society, as if enough people do it we can change society’s definition of success… away from the notion that the ‘Guy with the most money when he dies wins’… to a more thoughtful and balanced definition of what a life well lived looks like”
It dove tails perfectly with one aspect of the “Your Small Change” non-profit concept I had a while back, which I’m rolling out in the coming weeks, so I’d love it if you drop by the Facebook page in the meantime and clicked the LIKE button to show your interest and support
“If a competitor is hell bent on pushing forwards when you’re content to sit still, don’t be surprised when they win”
For years I’ve lived a double life.
In the day I do my job,
I ride the bus,
Roll up my sleeves with the hoi polloi.
But at night I live a life of exhilaration,
Of missed heartbeats and adrenaline,
And, if the truth be known,
A life of dubious virtue.
I won’t deny I’ve been engaged in violence,
Even indulged in it.
I have maimed and killed adversaries,
And not merely in self defence.
I have exhibited disregard for life,
And savoured every moment.
You may not think it to look at me,
But I have commanded armies,
And conquered worlds.
And though in achieving these things
I have set morality aside,
I have no regrets.
For though I’ve led a double life
At least I can say,
I have lived.
Today I received an email from a friend saying how they are fed up with the continual way their line manager treats them, with little or no respect. I hear this time and time again from friends and colleagues… when will managers realise, if they change their attitude, show genuine leadership and stop being administrators, they’ll get the results they desire.
Managers often say, “why doesn’t my staff do what they’re supposed to do?” the simple answer (and one they don’t like to hear), is because they either haven’t explained it properly, or they’re not showing genuine leadership, because if they had, their staff would do as they ask. Managers have Power & Authority, but that’s not enough, an uninspiring manager is someone that manages and administrates, a good manager shows leadership and does so by gaining respect and influence.
‘Power’ is derived from position, ‘Authority’ is derived from title, ‘Leadership’ is derived from behavior James R. Davis
We all remember teachers from our school years, and the really good ones stand out, because they were leaders. If you’re a manager, how do you want to be remembered by your past staff, the insignificant manager that administered, or the person that gained respect and made a real difference to those working with you?
Dwight Eisenhower defined leadership as “Convincing someone, to do what you want, because they want to do it.”
I’ve written about this before in my post Follow the Leader in essence it comes down to this Anyone can lead, it isn’t about having authority, it’s about gaining trust & respect through the correct behaviour.
“Avoid procrastination by doing something else”