Keep Pushing the Envelope!

29 03 2014

Keep Pushing the Envelope!

“See your life as a giant adventure. Keep pushing the envelope, and remember that every dream starts off small.”


“You seek escap…

1 10 2013

“You seek escape from pain. We seek the achievement of happiness.
You exist for the sake of avoiding punishment. We exist for the sake of earning rewards.
Threats will not make us function; fear is not our incentive. It is not death that we wish to avoid, but life that we wish to live.

You, who have lost the concept of the difference, you who claim that fear and joy are incentives of equal power—and secretly add that fear is the more “practical”—you do not wish to live, and only fear of death still holds you to the existence you have damned.” – Atlas Shrugged, Part III, by Ayn Rand.

Incredible quote from the pages of Atlas Shrugged, the epic novel written by Ayn Rand in the ’60s.

Your Thoughts Make You Happy – Not Events

9 11 2011

The following post is an edited compilation of various articles by speaker and brand consultant Richard Sauerman. Enjoy, and let it cHaLLeNgE you!!

– Quinton

AN EVENT is one thing. Your reality of that event is another thing. Events are created by conditions and occurrences outside you. Reality is created by conditions and occurrences inside you. It is in your mind that events are turned into data; which are turned into truths; which are turned into thoughts; which are turned into emotions; which are turned into experiences; which then form your reality.

 It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It’s what you think about. It’s not what’s happening around you that determines your health, wealth, attractiveness, popularity or success, but what’s happening inside of you – exclusively. You ARE your thoughts.

Think back to when you were 7,12 and 18. Remember the dreams you had then for yourself, and for your life? And then somewhere along the way to becoming an adult you stopped listening to your heart. One day the tape recorder in your mind said “my dreams are childish fantasies”. Well perhaps it’s time to turn off the tape recorder that’s saying “no”. Because anything is possible, if you believe it. And wonder, as you read this, whether the universe might just be brought back from the brink of destruction, every time you smile 🙂

Here is an extract from the book Oh, the Places You’ll Go, by none other than the legendary Dr. Seuss.

The Waiting Place

Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go or the mail to come, or the rain to go or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow or waiting around for a Yes or No or waiting for their hair to grow.

Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite or waiting around for Friday night or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil, or a Better Break or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.

Everyone is just waiting.

No! That’s not for you! Somehow you’ll escape all that waiting and staying. You’ll find the bright places where Boom Bands are playing. With banner flip-flapping, once more you’ll ride high! Ready for anything under the sky. Ready because you’re that kind of a guy!

Key to Happiness: Give Yourself Permission!

25 10 2011

Stuck? 6 Keys to Breakthrough..

23 02 2010

How many times have you faced a situation or a time in your life where you just felt STUCK. In a rut, as it were. Here are some quick keys to breakthrough..

1. Get some direction. Ask yourself what you actually want – “what would you do if you knew you could not fail?” You’ll never get momentum without a sense of direction.

2. Realise you have a choice! You may not be able to control you circumstances, but you can control your response. There is a difference between responding and reacting. The difference lies in the seat of control – are you occupying it, or your circumstances?

3. Acknowledge the things that block you from responding. Fear of taking responsibility, fear of failure, fear of others’ opinions, fear….. The first step to beat any problem is to recognise its existence. “Know your enemy to defeat it”.

4. Share your goals with someone else (who will support you)! Accountability yields commitment. I was talking with some friends recently about why we don’t do this, and realised that either:

a. We fear falling short of others expectations (what-if-I-fail?) and so try to play down our goals or keep them private, or

b. We fear that the goal itself may be seen as too small (a bit silly or easy) – or too big (who do you think you are?) – in the eyes of others when we share it.

In short, we fear people’s reactions to the actual goal, and then we fear their potential reaction should we fail to achieve it. If it’s too small, they’ll laugh at us. If it’s too big, we might fail and expose ourselves to ridicule. Solution is in the next point…

5. Don’t let other people hold you back with the same reasoning and negativity that they hold their own lives back with! Realise that everyone has hopes and goals, but most people fail to achieve them – for lack of courage and lack of proactiveness. So don’t fear the critics! US President Theodore Roosevelt once said:

“…the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic – the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done.”

6. And finally, realise that the times where you are most held back from doing something (by fear, lack of faith etc), will often be the times where if you push through, you will experience the greatest reward and success!

‘Average’ vs ‘Wow’: The Extra 10%

19 02 2010

Very often it would surprise us to know what other people think of us – how we are perceived by the world around us (colleagues, for instance) is often quite different to how we perceive ourselves, and what our own intentions are. Intentions are all very good, but people don’t see our intentions – they experience our actions and behaviours.

This morning I read a fantastic article called “The Business of Relationships” by Robin Sharma. It set out 9 key actions we need to practice consistently, to foster great relationships – and success – in the workplace. What surprised me was how simple these points were, and how little extra effort they require to do. An example:

We tend to value that which is scarce. We put a premium on objects and experiences we believe will run out: a Limited edition Gucci Ronson sneaker, a two week showing of Michael Jackson’s This Is It. Reserve wine. We are impacted and motivated most by that which we don’t come across everyday or that which comes in a limited supply. If you are seeking to create long term loyalty in your business relationships, ask yourself what is noticeably scarce? Is it generosity? Authenticity? Encouragement? Spot the scarcity and rock it.”

Obvious when you think about it, right? And really, how much extra effort would it take to leverage the strengths you have and allow yourself to stand out? Very little, I suggest. And that’s the point – it doesn’t take much. Whether in work, personal goals, fitness, or anything else it’s that extra 10% that differentiates YOU from the mass of average people around you. Yet so much of the time, it is so much easier not to do them – not to put that extra 10% of effort in.

In the 2008 Summer Olympics, swimmer Michael Phelps brought home eight gold medals and came home a sporting hero. Looking at the statistics of his races is amazing:

· Michael won the Men’s 100m Butterfly by only 0.01 seconds.

· That’s one hundredth of a second.

· The average blink of a human eye is one tenth of a second.

· Michael’s victory in this race was by a margin that was ten times faster than the average blink of a human eye!

· The average margin of victory in all five of his individual medal races was 1.436 seconds.

That is the difference between silver and gold – and also the difference between a few endorsements and an extra $40-odd million a year.

Develop the habit of applying consistent extra effort, vision, and focus in everything you do. Once it becomes a habit, it will be second nature. Imagine if your attitude, your focus, your engagement with other people, and your perseverance were all just a little better. Ask yourself what that would be worth. Bang for your buck, anyone?

– Quinton

Anthony Hopkins: “Success smells like Malibu…”

3 02 2010

From Success Magazine, February Issue

Anthony Hopkins—he prefers Tony— has always had an overriding ambition to be successful financially and professionally. Best known for his Oscar-winning role as Hannibal Lecter in the 1991 film Silence of the Lambs, Hopkins has been acting for over 50 years and earned some of the most prestigious awards in the entertainment industry.

Now 72, he remains fit, focused and driven in his other pursuits as painter and composer. He shared some of his life philosophies that have helped him achieve exactly what he wanted with SUCCESS:

Keep pushing yourself. “I think it’s very necessary to have a tension in life that keeps us moving. If we become totally peaceful, we die.”

Choose to use anger constructively. “It gives you enough GRRRR to help you rise above it, or it sucks you down into the mud. Sometimes a good degree of constructive anger can get you going.”

Preparation yields confidence. Hopkins is known for the amount of preparation he puts into acting. “Once it’s in the memory banks, it’s secure.… And you go on set or to rehearsal and you’re at ease, at peace.”

Be careful what you feed your brain. “What happens if you pour negative information in there, or positive information? You change the balance of your nature.”