March 16th, 2018

Old-School Resilience

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. H.D. Thoreau.


Resilience isn’t just one thing or another. It’s about the sum of a number of skills and coping mechanisms that see you through difficult times, including:

Perseverance. Like the old Japanese proverb: Fall down seven times, get up eight.It’s about not quitting when things get tough.

Optimism. Knowing things will work out  even when the storm clouds are roiling around you.

Gratitude. Being grateful for what you have and appreciating the people in your life who have your back and lend support.

Confidence. Knowing you can handle the hard times even when you are in the middle of them. Self-assurance in your abilities to cope means that ultimately you will cope.

Flexibility. Being able to stand back and look at the situation from a different viewpoint and to bend without breaking.

The components of resilience, bundled together are the difference between coping and getting stuck. Put another way, old-school resilience may be best described as having the ability to deal with and bounce back from hard times.

And along the way, learn some more hard lessons from the experience and become stronger in the process.

Now that you’re here! If you have been consciously sorting out some stuff in your life and want to improve your performance, you won’t want to miss my seminar, March 27. Read Step Into Life. I hope to see you there.

March 12th, 2018

A Field of Diamonds

Do what you can with what you have where you are. Theodore Roosevelt.


The story goes about the farmer in Africa who had heard tales about many who made their fortunes by prospecting for diamonds. Rumours abounded about the number of people staggering under the weight of the bags.

So the farmer, tired of tilling his sandy, stone strewn land for so many years, dissatisfied with the meagre results, decided one day to join them. He sold off his unproductive farm and set out prospecting, seeking his fortune.

Meanwhile, the man who had bought his farm, as he walked his property one day, tripped over a small piece of rock. He didn’t know what it was but it looked interesting so he took it home and put it up on his fireplace mantel. A curiosity piece.

Some months later, a friend of his came to visit. He spied the rock on the mantel.

“Do you know what this is,” he asked?

“No, I don’t replied the farmer. “I just saw it lying on the ground and liked it so I brought it home and put it up on the mantel.”

“Well,” responded his guest. “It’s not just a little piece of rock. It’s a diamond, in the rough.”

The idea to this story, of course, is that each of us, dissatisfied with our work, occasionally can find ourselves in the middle of our own field of diamonds, searching for greater opportunities further afield.

If only we would have the patience and the wisdom to intelligently and effectively explore the work in which we are engaged, to further explore ourselves, we would most likely find the riches we are seeking, be they financial or intangible.

The far away fields that appear greener might just be getting better attention than ours.


Now that you’re here! If you are in your own rocky field and would like to know how to spot the diamonds, you won’t want to miss my seminar, March 27. Read Step Into Life. I hope to see you there.

March 8th, 2018

In Celebration of International Woman’s Day


To all the wonderful women in my life,  a poem…

Now you understand

Just why my head’s not bowed.

I don’t shout or jump about

Or have to talk real loud.

When you see me passing

It out to make you proud.

I say,

It’s in the click of my heels,

The bend of my hair,

The palm of my hand,

The need of my care,

‘Cause I’m a woman


Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

Written by the indomitable Maya Angelou.

March 4th, 2018

Show Up For Work Everyday

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. H.D. Thoreau

A dream doesn’t become a reality through magic. It’s the result of every day hard work, perseverance, continuous learning and unfailing belief in yourself.

More than that, it’s about thriving on a challenge, putting your heart out there and not being afraid to fail.

Talent was the starting point, but the funny thing about success is this:

Once you’re up and running, you’ve got to keep on working that talent and show up for work everyday.

Now that you’re here! If you would like to step up your life you won’t want to miss my seminar, March 27. Read Step Into Life. I hope to see you there.

March 2nd, 2018

No Time For Green Bananas

You say I am a dreamer but I’m not the only one. John Lennon.

It’s hard these days to hold on to your dreams. At every turn negativity and pessimism rear their ugly heads. The world appears to be breaking into two groups. One is sure that we are all going to hell in a hand basket so don’t bother. The other says no, no no…..the future is bright if only we’re open to the new opportunities and changes that beckon.

It was always thus. The believers, the small, creative minority has always been responsible for improving humankind’s lot, but it’s never been easy.

No great work or extraordinary accomplishment in any field of endeavour has ever come without the hard work and courage. The clock is ticking.

In order to have, you must ‘do’ and in order to ‘do’ you must ‘be.’

If you’ve been struggling to make your dream real, take action. Get it out there.  You know what to do. There’s no time for green bananas.

Now that you’re here, if you have been struggling with your dream and could use some down-to-earth strategic thinking  you won’t want to miss my seminar, Tuesday, March. 27. Read Step Into Life.


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