You Know You’ve Made It When…

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You know you’ve made it when you’ve got your own daily planner. By that I don’t mean that you have a daily planner that you own, I mean that your name is on a “daily planner” that other people buy. In case you were wondering about “daily planner”, it is the replacement term for “diary”. FYI: “diary” is soo last millennium.

Having your name on a “daily planner” for others to buy… That, ladies and gentlemen, is the greatest measure of success. In fact, the other side of this success is that the only reason people buy the diar, I mean I mean daily planner is because your name is on it. When your name is on the diary as a sales guarantor…

Oh, to go back on the term “daily planner”… Another reason people will get your daily planner and no one else’s, is that they will be productive. You’ve succeeded when your name on a daily planner means people will be more productive, just because they got your daily planner. I mean the paper on your daily planner rivals silk and is trimmed with gold. Yes, success.

Did I mention that even in the “made it echelons” there are further tiers? Leather bound with gold trimming and a ribbon for a marker is ‘the business’. No, wait, it is not one but two different colour ribbons. When you’re there, you’ve arrived. You make it rain! You are king of the daily planner.

Is your name on a daily planner? Could your name even sell a paperback notebook. One without a ribbon. Can your name guarantee productivity? Would your name even guarantee sales? If not, chances are you’re still calling it a diary. Perhaps you need a name change. Don’t forget to slap leather binding, gold trimming and two different colour ribbons. Make it three so you stand out ;-)

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Slowing Down and Appreciating The Spectacular

I saw this video from Dumt & Farligt, a Dansih TV show, where the footage was slowed down to 2,500 frames per second. Some of the subjects they chose were a little random but interesting to see at that speed. Check out the video and catch my thoughts after and please do share some of yours. Catch you after the video!

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Reflection(s): Slowing Down and Appreciating The Spectacular

Some of my thoughts while watching the video was, “these guys are insane.” I wouldn’t mind working with them. How did they choose their subjects? Crazy.” Then I think the most significant thought was,

“what spectacular thing would i like to slow down. to savor seeing it unfold in the most captivating way?”

We run through life to get to the next thing. Leadership rushes to the next big thing. To the next lab for the next level of innovation etc. We are constantly driven to the next thing. How often do we actually slow things down to appreciate their beauty as they unfold.

The video, for example, shows amazing patterns when the baseball bat meets the egg. We normally do not see the beauty in that when we look at it with our normal eyes. How often do we miss seeing the spectacular because we are not disciplined enough to slow down.

the spectacular is all around us. It is just that we don’t slow down, just enough to realize and appreciate it.

I’m not suggesting to abandon our resolve for the next innovation or moving on to, or deciding the next challenge. But that we do actually slow down, in a sense, enough to appreciate the spectacular.

It is not that there are no spectacular things happening in our lives, leadership and enterprises, it is just that we never slow down, just that much slower to actually appreciate them enough.

What would you love to have seen in the video? What is the spectacular that you feel people never slow down, just enough to see and appreciate?

 

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28 Random Things To Always Check

There are small things in our lives that make big differences. I thought I’d write a list of those things that can throw nasty bumps on life’s highway.

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Here’s the list… Always check:

  1. If there is toilet paper before you, uhm, start. It can get “awkward” if you don’t!
  2. Your phone battery the night before a hectic day or before a period you know you’ll really need your phone. Nothing like a phone dying on you when you need it the most!
  3. Always check your teeth. Especially before you smile after eating spinach.
  4. That you’ve packed your power cord or charger for your notebook, phone, tablet etc especially when you’re going away. It’s always safer to have it on you despite the battery life of your device and how long you think you’re going to need it
  5. That your zip is closed before getting out of the bathroom or on stage. This could also get “awkward”, especially if you wear cartoon character boxers!
  6. That you have your wallet before you leave home. You could embarrass yourself after that great meal.
  7. That you have sufficient funds in your account before swiping that card. Want to do the dishes at your favorite restaurant? Make sure you can afford it before ordering!
  8. That your food is salted before you add any salt. Don’t ruin your meal.
  9. Similar to number 8, check that there is sugar in your coffee / tea before adding some. (I don’t have time to make two cups of coffee for myself and only drink one!)
  10. That you’ve prayed about something before making a decision. You can do more than pray after you have prayed; but you can never do more than pray until you have prayed.”  A.J. Gordon
  11. That you have a spare wheel, a jack and wheel spanner. Where I am, no one hardly stops for you especially when it’s getting dark. People are scared of being hi-jacked. Neither do you want to feel like prey when you stuck. Or get delayed for that all important even you rushing to
  12. Check that your clothes have no tear before you wear them. It could be embarrassing.
  13. The temperature of the water before you jump in the bath tub or shower or dip your hands in it. No need to skin yourself!
  14. The expiry date of your passport and driver’s license regularly. One of those things you never think of until the immigration or traffic officer pulls you aside. Believe me you want to avoid this one!
  15. Your car lights before it gets dark. Need I say more?
  16. Your exam timetable daily from the time you get. Nothing like going to seat for an exam you should have sat for the previous day! Imagine all the hard work and time wasted when you have to re-register for the next ones!
  17. Your voicemail messages (in case you miss something important). Self explanatory.
  18. The weather before you get dressed.
  19. Your fuel before you get too far from a fuel station
  20. Big match results, so you have something to make small talk.
  21. What teams your new acquaintance supports before you start bad mouthing them!
  22. That your friend is home before you pop in. The surprise that might be happening is you surprising yourself!
  23. That your computer is plugged in and that there is electricity before you call technical support
  24. That you’ve done everything right before you start criticizing or challenging a service provider
  25. Check exactly how far you’re going before you leave. And, do so in very good time!
  26. Check the label of the coffee before you make a mistake and purchase decaf coffee!!!!! (Rather personal :D)
  27. Email address to make sure it’s correct before hitting “send”
  28. Check your graemer and spllening before publishing your blog post

From your experiences, what would you add to this list

Getting Voicemail Right

I am not always available to answer my mobile phone. I’m either in a meeting or training session or driving and on rare occasions I forget switch the ringer back on and it just happens not to be in my pocket.

On those occasions I cannot give attention to a call, I’ve “asked” voicemail to take messages for me… Somehow, the “subconscious me” feels if someone can’t get a hold of me, leaving a voice message says, “it’s important we connect” etc.

Sometimes leaving a voicemail may be the only opportunity for you or the sender to communicate something urgent before they’re also unavailable. The point of leaving voice messages is to at least communicate something.

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Some of My Favourite Quotes From the Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Well, I really felt like posting this and i kinda debated with myself. Some may think this childish… but i remembered someone telling me, “You are never too old to have a happy childhood!”

I just had to! I remember watching many episodes more than once… Here goes some of my favorite quotes. Some of them actually have some wisdom (at least for me). Enjoy!:

Winnie the Pooh: What day is it?
Piglet: It’s today
Winnie the Pooh: My favorite day

Winnie the Pooh: Oh bother!

Eeyore: It’s not much of a tail but I’m attached to it.

Winnie the Pooh: Think, think, think

Winnie the Pooh: Oh, oh, help and bother! I’m stuck. [this was after Pooh had eaten too much honey at Rabbits place and couldn’t go through the door]

Rabbit: Oh, dear. Oh, gracious. Oh. Well, it all comes from eating too much.
Winnie the Pooh: It all comes from not having front doors big enough!

Rabbit: Why did I ever invite that bear to lunch? Why, oh, why, oh, why?

Winnie the Pooh: A grand adventure is about to begin

Favorite Quotes and Sayings From Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
sometimes life’s laughs have touching truths

Winnie the Pooh: Oh, bother! Empty again! Only the sticky part’s left.

Eeyore: Thanks for noticing me

Winnie the Pooh: [opening his door] Hello, out there! Oh, I hope nobody answers.

Tigger: T-T-F-N. Ta-ta for now.

Tigger: Say, who are you?
Narrator: I’m the narrator.
Tigger: Oh, well, please, for goodness’ sakes, narrate me down from here.

Tigger: Oh but the most wonderful thing about tiggers is I’m the only one…IIIII’m the only one. [growls]

Eeyore: It’s snowing still…And freezing… However, [ brightening up a little] we haven’t had an earthquake lately.

Rabbit: [drawing on Pooh’s backside when he’s stuck in Rabbit’s door] Oh Pooh! You messed up my moose!

Christopher Robin: Pooh, promise you won’t forget me, ever?

Tigger: Yuck! Tiggers Don’t like honey!

Winnie the Pooh: Always watch where you are going. Otherwise, you may step on a piece of the Forest that was left out by mistake.

Winnie the Pooh: Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?

Winnie the Pooh: I am shushed!

Tigger: T-I-double”guh”-errrrr, that spells Tigger!

Winnie the Pooh: If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together.. there is something you must always remember. you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. but the most important thing is, even if we’re apart.. i’ll always be with you.

Gopher: That supercilious scoundrel confiscated my honey.

Winnie the Pooh: Good-bye, Piglet. Now, is the next chapter all about me?

Piglet: I don’t mind the leaves that are leaving. It’s the leaves that are coming.

Winnie the Pooh: Oh, stuff and fluff.

Owl: Being a screech owl, she also sang soprano in the London Opera.

Winnie the Pooh: Where are you going, Piglet?
Piglet: That’s what I’m asking myself, where?
Winnie the Pooh: And what do you think you will answer yourself?

Gopher: If I was you, I’d think about ssssskedaddin’ outta here.

Tigger: Have I won?

Winnie the Pooh: If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you

Winnie the Pooh: A little Consideration, a little Thought for Others, makes all the difference

Winnie the Pooh: Before beginning a Hunt, it is wise to ask someone what you are looking for before you begin looking for it.

Winnie the Pooh: I must rescue my supper!

Winnie the Pooh: Can’t we go back to page one and do it all over again?
Narrator: Sorry, Pooh, but all stories have an ending, you know.