Archive for February, 2007

Thought for the week – 19

Hi there

A brief one this week but what about the potential impact!

Scientists have long held that human beings use a mere 5% capacity of our brains.

Just suppose we decided to use an extra 1%. We could get up ten minutes earlier and, on top of that, watch ten minutes less television every day for a year. We could devote that time to learning something that really interested us and that we could do in our own homes, fitting it around existing routines.

It doesn’t have to be connected to what we do for a living – it could be a new language, stamp collecting, yoga, meditation, genealogy, investment, photography – use your imagination!

At the end of the first year we would have accumulated over 128 hours worth of knowledge or experience of our new subject: That’s the equivalent of 16 eight-hour days!

Don’t you think we’d be pretty ‘up’ on our chosen subject by then? And all for 20 minutes (and maybe an extra 1% effort) a day!

What could you enjoy learning, starting today?

Thought for the week – 18

We can all learn from donkeys!

Chris Christofi (who also happens to be a great mortgage broker) shared this story with a few of us the other day.

He said his granddad used fables and stories to get points across to him when he was a young lad and one was about an old farmer and his equally old donkey. They would go out to plough the fields each day and one day the donkey fell into a hole.

The farmer stood and pondered a while as to what he should do. The donkey couldn’t get out under its own steam, the farmer wasn’t strong enough to get him out on his own and the nearest village where he could get help was a good couple of hours walk away.

He decided that the donkey was near enough to the end of his life that he probably wouldn’t last much longer so he might as well just bury him in the hole. So he set about shovelling in the earth.

Now the donkey, understandably not at all happy about this stuff landing on and around him, and with no intention of dying, started moving around, shaking the earth off and tramping it down under him. The farmer, intent on digging and hurling in the earth, didn’t notice.

Some time later the donkey walked out of the hole!

So if something’s getting you down, youâ’re not happy about it and have no intention of accepting it, shake it off and get on with life!

Thanks Chris

Hate cold calling and want it to be warmer?

We’re well into 2007 now, so I am a bit late with my Christmas/New Year present for you. But, belatedly, here it is!

Most people hate cold calling. Because they hate it they’ll only do it in extremis. Consequently they’re not very good at it, don’t get the results they want, quickly get disillusioned and say “It doesn’t work”.

It’s a vicious downward spiral that only reverses itself when you learn the skills you need and practise using them until you become successful. With an open mind and willingness to learn it actually doesn’t take very long.

But some of you won’t do it no matter what I say so, for you I’ve developed a stand-alone downloadable Business Networking course that’s FREE (for the time being anyway!)

I’ve called it “Cast Your Net”

Without costing you a penny, this course shows you how to:

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  • Decide what you’re looking for from your networking activities
  • Explore and evaluate the best networks for you to join
  • Prepare so that you get the most value from your attendance at networking events
  • What to do (and what not to do) at the event
  • And there’s also e-networking: An introduction for newbees.

    Just go to
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    Enjoy and all we ask is that you give us your feedback!

    Thought for the week – 17

    I spoke to a great guy recently. His company has created a very powerful business tool that allows you to understand your marketplace. And it’s priced well within the means of any company with a turnover of £2m+. If you’re interested in knowing more, get in touch and I’ll put you in contact with him.

    He’s bold and spirited, nobody’s fool and has a great sense of humour and compassion but this thought for the week isn’t really about him.

    He was a bit concerned that some work being done on his behalf wasn’t progressing as he had expected so he thought he’d find out if there were any unforeseen problems or anything he could or should be doing to help move it along.

    He went to the ladyâ’s workplace (which was also her home). The meeting went fine and afterwards he sat in his car for some time.

    The lady in question is a girl in her early twenties, paralysed from the neck down, on a respirator 24/7, a fact not known previously to my new acquaintance.

    Two points come across loud and clear from this story:

    1. The lady in question is determined to be as independent as her circumstances allow and wouldn’t welcome anybody’s sympathy so she doesn’t broadcast her predicament
    2. Most of our moans, whinges and complaints fade into insignificance when compared to what she has to face every day of her life

    Makes you think, doesn’t it?

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