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.”


Quotable Quotes..

28 04 2010

“I want to be here for a bigger reason. I strive to be like the greatest people who have ever lived.” -Will Smith

“Never let yesterday use up too much of today.” -Will Rogers

“f you try to be all things to everyone you’ll end up nothing to anyone.” – Robin Sharma

“The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Congratulate yourself if you have done something strange, extravagant and broken the monotony.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I want to put a ding in the universe.” – Steve Jobs

Great Quotes From Great Thinkers..

23 02 2010

Some of my favourite quotes from Robin Sharma, business leadership coach, author and speaker. Along with a few thought-provoking quotes from other great minds.

Read, and be inspired!



As you reflect back over your life, ask this powerful question: “Could i have done more?” If yes, do more now. Too many people die at 30 and are buried at 80

What makes genius isn’t just the big idea but the brilliant execution to advance it

A key trait of greatness is to never lose your lust for learning.

You can’t create an outer life that’s more excellent than the quality of your inner life – outer leadership begins with self-leadership. Life doesn’t give you what you want – life gives you who you are. For things to change, we must change. for our lives to become exceptional, we must first become exceptional. The starting point of it all: to change the world, transform yourself.

What would do today if you had a deep knowing that it was impossible to fail? A secret of greatness is to do the things that make you feel uncomfortable and play out on the jagged edges of your life. If you’re not really growing, you’re not truly living.

Winston Churchill said “The price of greatness is responsibility.” Either you set your goals and, in doing so, have your life governed by choice or you do nothing and have your life governed by chance. You can live your life by chance or by choice. It’s really up to you.

Lead without a title. Leadership isn’t about the size of your position. Real leadership is about the depth of your commitment. Your job as a Leader Without a Title? To stay “couraged” in a world that dis-courages you from being awesome

Life’s greatest longing is for the fullest expression of your best self. Aim for brilliance. If you miss, at least you’ll end up at excellence.

Goals matter. They are your hopes seeking expression. And without hope, life is dead.

Life is fair. The amount of wealth you experience will be a function of how much value you create for others. What a great paradox: the more you share your talents and gifts with others, the bigger the gift you give yourself

The heart knows what the mind cannot understand [trust your gut]

Treat everyone you meet as if they might die tomorrow.

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to a greater understanding of ourselves. – Carl Jung

Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted. – Aldous Huxley

“If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito.” – Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop”

A public-opinion poll is no substitute for thought.” – Warren Buffett

‘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

Great Quotes From Great Thinkers

19 05 2009
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After some downtime due to me being away on a business conference in New South Wales’ stunning “Hunter Valley”, 1000 Diamonds is back in action! Thanks for your patience while I’ve been enjoying my time away.

Last week’s “Great Quotes From Great Thinkers” post was one of the most popular to date. In view of this, I have decided to do this once a week – a collection of inspirational “out-of-the-box” thoughts from some of the great thinkers out there. 90% of these quotes each week will be taken from material I have read within the last week – I follow a number of people on Twitter, Facebook, and blogs. So these quotes could not be more cutting edge!

Here is this week’s edition: enjoy.




From Robin Sharma…

Reading drives passion. What brilliant fuel are you dropping into your mind today?

100 years from now, everyone alive today will be dust. What are you working on that will live beyond your life? BIG QUESTION!

A key personal leadership idea which helps me play at peak best: the way you begin the day drives how well you perform in the day.

There is too much information out there. Too many distractions. Try to know a lot about the few things important to you. Your mind only has so much space.

Success in business comes down to two words: radical helpfulness.

Why do something if you’re not in it to be great?

The smallest of choices today could lead to the greatest of consequences tomorrow.

How high you perform is less a reflection of opportunities available than it is personal power you’ve become intimate with.

Lift your game today: make yourself a living “mediocrity free zone.”

You become who you drink coffee with. You grow into the people you spent your best hours with.

To have more, we must first become more.

Your external actions broadcast your internal beliefs.


From Tony Robbins…

Change is automatic.. As the years go by your body, your relationships, the world will change. Change is automatic. Progress is not!

Success is the result of good judgement , Good judgement is the result of Experience, and experience is often the result of bad judgement!

A happy person is not a person with a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.

Remember The 90 Second Rule: act on a good idea or great opportunity within 90 seconds. Before the voice of fear begins to take over.

The only reason you may not be as successful and alive as you want, is because you’re not doing the things that successful and alive people do.


From other thinkers…

“It’s never too late to be who you might have been.” – George Elliot. (Make a decision today and decide on a course that aligns you with your passion!)

“You can’t build up a reputation on what you are going to do.” – Henry Ford. (Kick it today… no more delays!)

“You become the average of the 5 people you spend most time with.” (quoted by my friend Carolin Dahlman)

“The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice; it’s conformity.” – Earl Nightingale (American motivational speaker and author – one of twelve Marines who survived the attack on USS Arizona at Pearl Harbour).

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better – it’s not!” From The Lorax by Dr Seuss

“You can judge your age by the amount of pain you feel when you come in contact with a new idea.” – Pearl Buck (first American woman to receive Nobel Prize in Literature)

“It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.” – tongue in cheek comment from W Edwards Deming (American statistician, author, lecturer, and consultant)

“Those who lack courage will always find a philosophy to justify it.” – Albert Camus (French Algerian author, philosopher, and journalist)

“Sophie is asking mum ‘Why am I NOT a doll… NOT an adult… NOT a boy… NOT a giraffe?’ It’s so easy to miss all we are when we focus on what we are not!” – Christine Caine (Christian speaker, author, mother)

“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare. It is because we do not dare that things are difficult.” – Seneca (Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist)

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Gandhi “If life is school, what lessons have you learned today?” – Brian Houston (Christian author, speaker, minister)

“High performers shine – even when the sun doesn’t.” (Ad spotted in Hong Kong airport. Cheesy line, yet wildly true.)

“If you’re doing something out of fear, it will be the wrong choice – even if turns out to have been the right decision.” – Marriane Williamson (activist, author, lecturer and founder of The Peace Alliance)