Thought for the day

Life is so ironic, it takes sadness to know happiness, noise to appreciate silence and absence to value presence. Everything has a lesson for us to learn. So stay open and say #yes to it all and then let go!

-Make your mark


Best chat up lines ever?

Well folks its almost the weekend so I thought I would give a little something back. So for all you singletons out there who are hitting the pubs and clubs here are a few of my favourite chat up lines.

Are you wearing shin pads? Because you are about to get tackled.

Are you from Tennessee? Because you are the only 10 I see!!

Nice dress you are wearing, can I talk you out of it?

I may not be Fred Flintstone but I can make your bed rock.

Are you a parking ticket? Because you have FINE wrote all over you.

I seem to have lost my phone number, can I have yours?

And for all you romantics out there

If I could rearrange the alphabet I would put U and I together.

Any others that you think are winners feel free to post in reply box.

Let me know if you have used any of these tried and tested love lines.

Stay hungry

Start where you stand

Start where you stand

by: Berton Braley

Start where you stand and never mind the past,
The past won’t help you in beginning new,
If you have left it all behind at last
Why, that’s enough, you’re done with it, you’re through;
This is another chapter in the book,
This is another race that you have planned,
Don’t give the vanished days a backward look,
Start where you stand.

The world won’t care about your old defeats
If you can start anew and win success,
The future is your time, and time is fleet
And there is much of work and strain and stress;
Forget the buried woes and dead despairs,
Here is a brand new trial right at hand,
The future is for him who does and dares,
Start where you stand.

Old failures will not halt, old triumphs aid,
To-day’s the thing, to-morrow soon will be;
Get in the fight and face it unafraid,
And leave the past to ancient history;
What has been, has been; yesterday is dead
And by it you are neither blessed nor banned,
Take courage, man, be brave and drive ahead,
Start where you stand.

Are you in the right career?

Here’s an article that will interest you if you’re looking to make a change. It’s by Kathleen Gage,
a keynote speaker and business advisor.
Take it away Kathleen:
Ever wonder if you are in the right career? If you are like most people you have. Did you know that 80% of people are currently misemployed? They are either underemployed, not happy with their current position or not fairly compensated for their skill and/or function set. If so many people are misemployed, why do they stay in their current situation? Why do they not take the necessary steps to move into something that will be fulfilling and something they can look forward to doing every day – a situation they can truly be proud of?
The following are some of the most common reasons:

  • Complacency
  • Fear of the unknown
  • Fear of change
  • Not knowing what their options are
  • Don’t want to give up the familiar, no matter how uncomfortable the familiar is
  • Staying within their comfort zone
  • No time to search for something new
  • They just don’t know how to make a change
  • Fear of failure
  • Fear of success (they may actually get what they dreamed of)
  • They fear the job search is more frustrating than their current unsatisfactory job
  • Not knowing where to begin
    How often have we heard others give these reasons for not moving out of an unpleasant situation? How often have we said this to ourselves if we are actually misemployed? Imagine looking back over your life and saying, “I wish I would have done it differently.”
    So often in life, it is not what we do that we regret, rather what we don’t do that we regret the most. Things like not making a change when we knew a change was in order, or not taking the appropriate steps to move into a situation that would lend itself to a more fulfilling life both personally and professionally.
    If you or anyone you know are looking to make a career change, the following steps will help to make a smoother transition and find the courage to make that shift:
    1. Evaluate your current situation
  • 2. Decide you are ready to change
  • 3. Give yourself a timeframe for making the change
  • 4. Get excited about the change
  • 5. Become enlightened about your own values and realize you are worth a great situation
  • 6. Decide what kind of career would truly make you happy
  • 7. Determine what would bring you fulfillment
  • 8. Believe you deserve it
  • 9. Be willing to put time and effort into you transition
  • 10. Have a plan of action
  • 11. Take action on a daily basis
  • 12. Consult with people who have been successful in their own career shift
  • 13. Be willing to invest in yourself
  • 14. Work with a coach to keep you motivated
  • 15. Go after what you want
    Most of all – be willing to acknowledge that life is not a dress rehearsal, this is the real thing. When you look back over your life are you going to wish you had it to do all over and you had taken risks to move you into situation that would bring a deep level of satisfaction to you and your loved ones? The reality is that when we are in a career that brings us a deep sense of satisfaction, all those around us benefit from the fact that we are more fully present in life rather than constantly talking about wishing things would change. The truly successful people in life are the ones who are willing to create their happiness on a daily basis with the minute-by-minute actions they take and the thoughts they entertain.

New job blues: follow up

Well since my last post I have got my head down and got to work. I have said to myself that I will give this a shot, if im gonna go down, im going down fighting.

I have to say that it certainly isn’t by any means easy, but anything worth having never is. Action plans have been developed and are currently been implimented. Support has been sought and hopefully will be given. All in all, on the up!!

Its still too early to say if im gonna be a success,  but nothing ventured, nothing gained.

If I don’t believe in me, who else is going to?
I call the process of doing your art ‘the work.’  It’s possible to have a job and do the work, too.  In fact, that’s how you become a linchpin.



Success tips

5: Start Now

There are many factors that go into becoming a success in both your professional and personal life, but the one that is required is “taking action”! Most people miss out on reaching their full potential because they never start.

They are always preparing, planning and waiting for that “perfect moment” The stars rarely align and you will never be completely ready, so just start now and adjust along the way!

Good luck and let me know your own experiences!

Success tips

3: Add Value

No matter what you do and where you go, you cannot go wrong with adding value. Simply put, value is anything that people are willing to pay for.

In your professional life, the more value you can offer, the more money you can make.

In your personal life, more value translates to closer relationships and strong personal growth.

The best way to add value is to find the intersection between what people are willing to pay for and what services or products you can offer that is aligned with your values, strengths and goals


Success tips

1: Be resilient

Things rarely work out the way you planned and there will always be distractions and stumbling blocks that you have to deal with when you are on your road to success. The key point to remember is to persist and to develop the courage to move on, even when everyone around you is telling you its ok to give up. This does not mean stubbornly holding on to your original plan but rather continuing to pursue your goal as long as the reasons for doing  so are still valid ( make sure you know the why of what you want).

When everything seems to be going wrong, keep in mind this   “the road to success is paved with a thousand failures”

so each failure actually brings you closer to where you want to be.