Just Do It

In 1988 at an advertising agency meeting, an ad executive called Dan Wieden came up with the slogan ‘Just Do It’ for his client, a shoe company called Nike. One of the campaign’s objectives was to target everyone, not just people interested in fitness; which led to Nike products becoming a fashion statement, not just sports gear – in fact, … Read More

Success Leaves Clues

I’ve always loved reading. When I was a kid I devoured the Famous Five, Secret Seven, Hardy Boys, Agatha Christie, Sherlock Holmes – anything with adventure, or even better: a mystery to solve. The best authors give you just enough clues to keep you guessing, but not so many that the ending is ruined. Just like the writers of those … Read More

Take Off Those Comfy Pants

Comfort Zone. Those two words are responsible for more unrealized dreams, unfulfilled ambitions and unmet potential then anything else on the planet. It’s not lack of skill, lack of opportunity or lack of knowledge that’s holding you back – it’s your comfort zone. That space where you’re constantly in control, where you know how things work and you have all … Read More

Who are you walking with?

“One of my favourite all-time quotes is: “Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.” (mostly because it’s easy to remember). King Solomon wrote: “He who walks with the wise, becomes wise.” The Italians have an old proverb: “Keep company with good men and you will increase their number.” There’s plenty more where those came from – due … Read More

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes…

One of my favourite quotes of all time is the Henry Ford classic: “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ll always got.” I think it was Albert Einstein who said “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again; expecting different results!” I have a lot of time for Albert Einstein; anyone who … Read More

Vision, Invisibility & Disney World

Helen Keller once said: “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” So what is vision?  A quick google search will bring up all sorts of grandiose definitions – usually juxtaposed over a setting sunset or a black and white portrait of some historical figure.  Jonathan Swift wrote: “Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible … Read More