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.”

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What are your default life patterns?

3 10 2013

It’s said that up to 80% of our day to day activity is done on ‘auto-pilot’, without consciously thinking about what we are doing (or have to do next). Simply put, our brains are wired to learn what they have to do repeatedly every day, and then they do those tasks automatically, so we can save our valuable mental energy for things that really matter (decisions, social engagement, etc). It’s all about efficiency.

So a large part of our life – and it’s quality – is determined by our habits. I read this quote recently, which highlights the massive importance and impact our habitual behaviours have on our lives. Have a think – and ask yourself, if you could break one bad habit, and form one new one, what would they be, and what impact would it have on your life if you reached the point where you did it automatically, every day (or every week – key point being that it becomes part of your routine). For me, examples would be exercising every day after work, or calling my family every Saturday morning.

– Quinton

“Being in bed, having a shower, having breakfast in the kitchen, sitting in my study writing, walking in the garden, cooking and eating our common lunch at my office with my friends, going to the movies, taking my family to eat at a restaurant, going to bed again. There are a few more.

“There are surprisingly few of these patterns of events in any one person’s way of life, perhaps no more than a dozen. Look at your own life and you will find the same. It is shocking at first, to see that there are so few patterns of events open to me.

“Not that I want more of them. But when I see how very few of them there are, I begin to understand what huge effect these few patterns have on my life, on my capacity to live. If these few patterns are good for me, I can live well. If they are bad for me, I can’t.”

– Christopher Alexander





“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





Braveheart: the speech of William Wallace

2 06 2010

Ever seen the movie Braveheart? If you haven’t, you should. This is the famous speech given by warrior-leader William Wallace to his rag-tag army of Scottish rebels, lined up to fight the vast army of England. William delivers these words from the back of a dangerous-looking horse primed to charge into battle. These words of courage and inspiration are some of the most inspiring in cinematic history – while we may not have to fight physical battles in our day to day lives, sometimes we need a shot of daring challenge to inspire us to pick ourselves up and charge onwards and upwards! Enjoy.

– Quinton

William Wallace: We all end up dead, it’s just a question of how and why. Every man dies, not every man really lives.I am William Wallace! And I see a whole army of my countrymen, here in defiance of tyranny. You’ve come to fight as free men… and free men you are. What will you do with that freedom? Will you fight?

Veteran: Fight? Against that? No! We will run. And we will live.

William Wallace: Aye, fight and you may die. Run, and you’ll live… at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin’ to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take… OUR FREEDOM!

[Scottish army cheers]

William Wallace: Go back to England and tell them there that Scotland’s daughters and her sons are yours no more. Tell them Scotland is free.





On risk-taking

3 05 2010

To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out is to risk involvement,
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
To place your ideas and
dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss.
To love is to risk not being loved in return,
To live is to risk dying,
To hope is to risk despair,
To try is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken because
the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
The person who risks nothing, does nothing,
has nothing, is nothing.
– William Arthur Ward (1921-1994)