Giorgio Armani on being remembered …..

by Sunil Bali 10-12-2017

Giorgio Armani said, "Elegance is not about being noticed, it’s about being remembered."

The one thing that great people have in common is that people talk about them behind their back – in glowing terms. They have a magnetic quality which attracts and softens the most hardened and cynical of souls.

In my experience, great people are remembered because:

- They are remarkable, defn. worthy of making a remark about.

- They don’t add to the noise, they are the signal.

- They’re not "chewing gum leaders" – their impact doesn’t disappear after a few minutes.

- They leave people better than when they found them.

If you pick up a glass you’ll leave a fingerprint. When you meet people you leave an emotional fingerprint.

What’s your emotional fingerprint? What do people say about you when you’re not in the room? How do you make people feel?



  • My son said, I’m going to be a chimney sweep….. I said soot yourself.
  • Insomnia is awful. But on the plus side, only three sleeps till Xmas.
  • A man has been shot with a starter pistol, police thinks it’s race related.


Live big & love deep.


Seasons Beatings from Elon Musk …..

by Sunil Bali. 03-12-2017

The New York Times recently called Elon Musk “arguably the most successful and important entrepreneur in the world." It’s an easy case to make: He’s probably the only person who has started four billion-dollar companies – PayPal, Tesla, SpaceX and Solar City.

Musk says, "I know sometimes I’ll lose. You don’t hear about my failures, because I know when to quit. I’m good at quitting. Sure its important to be persistent and continually innovate, but you also have to know when you’re beaten."

It reminds me of being in the supermarket queue. You might think you’re in the fastest queue, because its the shortest with the least number of items, but then the queue grinds to a halt because there’s no bar code on the bread.

How long do you stay in the queue, before moving? Or do you stay where you are?

Ps. Here’s a great interview with Elon Musk by Rolling Stone magazine



A distraught wife went to the local police station, along with her next-door neighbour, to report that her husband was missing.
The policeman asked for a description of the missing man.

The wife said, “He is 35 years old, 6-foot 4-inches tall, has dark eyes, dark wavy hair, an athletic build, weighs 185 pounds, is soft-spoken, and is good to his wife."

The next-door neighbour protested, “Your husband is 5-foot 8-inches tall, chubby, has a big mouth, and is mean to you."

The wife replied, “Yes, but who wants HIM back?"

Wife: This broom has given me blisters.

Husband: Next time take the car.


Live big & love deep.


Uncommon sense …..

by Sunil Bali. 26-11-2017

Despite being very clever Jan was, by his own admission, a trouble maker at school and quickly dropped out of college.

He managed to get a job as a software engineer at Yahoo, but got bored and left before he was asked to leave. On his bio Jan writes "Did time at Yahoo."

Disillusioned with life, Jan decided to go travelling for a year.

When he returned, Facebook and Twitter were two of the biggest gigs in town. Jan sent his CV, but was turned down by both companies.

So Jan decided to start a business himself. After a bin full of scrapped ideas, he decided to run with the very big idea of creating a hassle free instant messaging service.

WhatsApp was born, and in February 2014 Jan Koum sold WhatsApp to Facebook for $19Billion.

Jan Koum says he realises it was true what his school teachers and naysayers had said about him, that he lacked common sense. Koum says that it was uncommon sense that had prevented him from following the normal, common sense path to mediocority.

Remember, if you’re a misfit in one place, you’ll be a great fit in another.



When your neighbours put up their Xmas lights in November:

  • An old couple are at church, when the wife leans across to her husband and whispers,
    "I’ve just let out a silent fart, what should I do?", to which he replies,
    "Change the battery in your hearing aid".
  • The writer of ‘The Hokey Cokey" song has died.
    It was a struggle getting him in the coffin.
    They put his left leg in, then the trouble started.


Live big & love deep.


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