Sir Richard Branson on the importance of not growing up …..

by Sunil Bali, 23-04-2017

If you went to school in England, the chances are that you’re familiar with the fact that King Harold of England was shot in the eye by an arrow in 1066.

I can safely say that in the 40 years since I learned of Harold’s hapless demise, this fact has been of no use whatsoever.

The saving grace when I was taking my school exams was that whilst I was required to regurgitate countless facts, at least I wasn’t living in today’s age of infobesity, infoxication and information overload ….. drowning in a sea of self-promotion and sound bites.

As we’re growing up, school, society and then often the workplace, educate us out of our creativity.

Paul Linley, the multi-millionaire founder of children’s food company Ella’s kitchen, says that "grown-ups need to grow down" because when we’re born, we’re all creative geniuses and master negotiators, able to capture anyone’s attention.

Unburdened by the would, could and should of adulthood, children look at the world as a playground full of wonder, opportunity and joy.

In the foreword to Linley’s book, Little Wins, Sir Richard Branson says that recapturing the wild eyed enthusiasm, warmth and determination of your toddlerhood – or as Zen calls the Beginner’s Mind – is the path to a successful and fulfilled life.



A man and a woman were having a quiet, romantic dinner in a fine restaurant. They were gazing lovingly at each other and holding hands.

The waitress, taking another order at a table a few steps away, suddenly noticed that the woman was slowly sliding down her chair, under the table and under the table-cloth – but the man just stared straight ahead.

The waitress watched as the woman slid all the way down her chair and totally out of sight under the tablecloth.

Still, the man stared straight ahead.

The waitress, thinking this behaviour just a little odd and worried that it might offend other diners, went over to the table and tactfully began by saying “Pardon me sir, but I think your wife just slid under the table."

The man calmly looked up at her and said,

“No….. she didn’t ….. she just walked in."


Live big & love deep.


A case of chronic constipation …..

by Sunil Bali, 16-04-2017

In 1999, great things were predicted for golfer Sergio Garcia after he shot the lowest amateur score at the Masters and turned professional.

Virtually all the leading golf commentators predicted that Sergio would win several Majors during his career.

Fast forward 18 years, and despite 73 attempts and finishing second four times, Sergio had never won a major.

That is until last Sunday, when Sergio won The Masters at Augusta, Georgia.

So what was different about his 74th attempt?

Sergio’s fiancée Angela, was flipping through some recent golfing photos of Sergio when she came across some old photos. The difference was stark.

The 37-year-old Garcia looked as if he was playing with the weight of the world on his shoulders whilst suffering from a case of chronic constipation. Whereas the 19-year-old Garcia had a beaming smile on his face and a spring in his step.

It was then that Sergio realized that wearing the tag of being "the best player never to win a major" was ruining his enjoyment of the game he loved.

So prior to attempt number 74, Sergio decided to go back to the future, lighten up and enjoy the game.

When Sir Steve Redgrave was asked what was the most important thing he needed to do before the Olympic final to win his fifth consecutive Olympic Gold medal he replied, “We’ve consistently put in the hard work, we’ve done all the training, we now need to let relax, not try too hard and let the boat glide."

So the game plan for success is, graft + grit + glide = gold



Business and shop signs:

On an Optometrist’s Office door,

"If you don’t see what you’re looking for,
You’ve come to the right place."

In a Shoe Repair Store,

“We will heel you…
We will save your sole…
We will even dye for you!"

On Gynaecologist’s office door,

“Dr. Jones, at your cervix!"

On a Podiatrist’s office door,

“Time wounds all heels."

Written on a Septic Tank truck,

“Yesterday’s Meals on Wheels”

On a Plumber’s truck,

“Don’t sleep with a drip. Call your plumber."

At a Tyre Shop,

“Invite us to your next blowout."

On an Electrician’s truck,

“Let us remove your shorts."

In a Non-smoking Area,

“If we see smoke, we will assume you are on fire and will take appropriate action."


Live big & love deep.


Confucius was a Daydream Believer …..

by Sunil Bali, 09-04-2017

"All your dreams are made, when you’re chained to the mirror and the razor blade," sang rock star, philosopher and Ivor Novello award-winning songwriter Noel Gallagher.

When asked where his creativity comes from, Gallagher replied, “In the Church of Gallagher I have a commandment which I never break, “Though shalt not get up before 10am.” And when I do get up, I take ages in the bathroom, not preening myself, but daydreaming in front of the mirror, or in the shower. Most of my best ideas come to me around 10:30am in the bathroom while I’m shaving or having a shower."

Gallagher’s non-active action, reconciles with the Taoist principles of,

  • Wu Wei – effortless effort, and
  • Ziran – natural, innate creativity brought forth by an uncluttered mind.

Confucius was an ardent advocate of spontaneous creativity produced by what he called, the "tortoise mind." This has been backed up my research at Harvard which shows that less thinking and more daydreaming results in higher dopamine levels and new patterns of thought, both of which enhance creativity.

Who would have thought that Confucius and Noel Gallagher would both be Daydream Believers (3 min music video of The Monkees)



  • Procaffeinator – one who puts off tasks until after consuming the days first cup of coffee
  • Instagram – when you put your grandma on speed dial
  • Pasteurise – too far to see
  • I’m going to stand outside. So if anyone asks, I’m outstanding.
  • No matter how far you push the envelope, it will still be stationery.

A policeman stopped me and came up to my window and said, "Papers."

I said, "Scissors, I win," and drove off.

He must be desperate for a re-match because he’s been chasing me for ages.


Live big & love deep.


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