Thoughts for the Day

Will to win

Develop a thick skin – after setbacks it takes considerable self discipline to get back in the ring.

Learn to be resilient and fundamentally stick with your principles.

If you believe you are right, you will keep that will to win.


This is purely personal and is down to you. Whatever you have chosen, you have gone through an acceptance or rejection process of looking at other options.

You have made your choice and now you must live with it.

Whatever you choose, give it as much energy, committment, passion and enthusiasm as you can. If you don’t feel that way then you have made the wrong choice.

Don’t spend your life in suspended animation because sooner or later someone will make that choice for you and you won’t like it.


How you deal with money can influence the rest of your life.

Do you recognise these attitudes towards money?

    • Plan and save
    • Saving is impractical, buy it now
    • Spend elegantly and tastefully
    • Spend money after research on what to buy
    • Record what has been spent
    • Money doesn’t matter
    • Use money to care for others

You will have a natural approach to money, knowing your preferred approach will help you identify those weak areas and core motives. If you a natural spender, don’t be surprised you are continually overdrawn. Manage your attitude to money just as much as you manage the money.

Do unto others etc.

If you have been brought up as Christian, you will be familiar with this principle. The usual interpretation of the phrase is to treat each other as you would like to be treated yourself.

However, consider this, the phrase goes beyond this slightly egocentric view. What it is actually saying is that you should treat other people as they would like to be treated; i.e in a way that pleases them. That way:
a) they will understand you better
b) they may even reciprocate this principle and you will understand them better

Don’t forget, not everyone has the same world view as yourself and therefore by seeing the world through other people’s eyes and having a flexible approach in treating people means you can get your message across much easier.

Change 2

One type of change does not fit all situations.

Change can either be massive, traumatic, radical and instantaneous.


Change can be little and often

The trick is to know which works best in the particular circumstances.


plan and make decisions about resources

organise activities


initiate appropriate feedback mechanisms


Tricky one this. On the one hand you don’t want to compromise your standards and have unacceptable, imperfect outcomes. On the other hand you are never going to achieve perfection.

We all have to learn to live in an imperfect environment, but we should all strive to achieve as near perfection as we are comfortable with. What this means is that we have to regulate ourselves, promote our own standards and stick with them.


Doing something for others first is more likely to generate returns, but don’t expect instantaneous feedback. Rewards have a distinct habit of being delayed and the more you expect them, the more disappointed you will become if they don’t appear as you expected.

Equally when presenting a new idea, explain what is in it for other people, not just yourself.

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-Fortune magazine 1958



This is another word for reaction to change. If you understand your own values and have an ethical framework for thinking, then improvisation will flow from within and the moves you make will reflect your inner beliefs. A lot of improvisation is instinctive and therefore your own common sense view of situations. Continual exposure to new ideas and experiences will sharpen your ability to improvise.