Good morning or good mourning …..

by Sunil Bali. 20-05-2018

Soon after the success of The Office in the USA, Ricky Gervais said, "Every morning I woke up I was weighed down by emails, text messages and voice mails with the word "urgent" in. Good morning had become good mourning for me.

I realized that I was spending less and less time doing what made me feel good.

So each morning, I now make sure that my diary is full of stuff that makes me feel good. This usually involves talking to people that make me laugh and creating stuff that makes people laugh.

I now give myself the time and space to be human again, to be me, and not give a sh1t about what other people think I should be doing."

As someone once said, "The main thing, is to keep the main thing the main thing." If you do this, everything else has a habit of falling into place.



I opened a lovely bottle of red wine at 7pm last night. The label read consume by 2020 ….. I finished it by 1955.

Cashier to customer: Sorry for your wait.

Customer: You’re not so slim yourself mate.


Live big & love deep.


So smug …..

by Sunil Bali. 13-05-2018

In my humble opinion moderation is a smug, self-righteous, and over used word. If we take the diet of mammals for example, moderation is not what they practice.

Lions eat only meat, polar bears mainly fat, panda bears only bamboo shoots, and giraffes mainly acacia leaves.

When it comes to work, self-expression and being authentic, psychologist Professor Sir Cary Cooper says that, “We humans aren’t cut out for moderation, because having our psychological handbrake on leaves us unfulfilled and results in stress."

Whether you want to be a comedian, captain of commerce, or a chef, moderation isn’t going to cut it.

Moderation is for the fence-sitters of the world who are too afraid to make a difference.

As my friend, author and former world champion trampolinist Dan Millman says, “Moderation is lukewarm tea, the devil’s own brew."



Teacher to little Johnny: If you had three apples and two oranges in one hand and three oranges and two apples in the other hand, what would you have?

Little Johnny: Very big hands.

Winston Churchill to Lady Aster: Do you mind if I smoke?

Lady Aster: I don’t care if you burn!


Live big & love deep.


Space, the final frontier …..

by Sunil Bali. 06-05-2018

Martina Navratilova was once asked, "How do you maintain your focus and manage to keep playing professional tennis at the age of 43"?

She replied, "The ball doesn’t know how old I am. Besides, for 90% of the match I don’t have to focus".

In a typical tennis match, the players spend less than 15% of their time hitting the ball. During a round of golf, golfers spend less than 20% of their round swinging a golf club, and in American football, the ball is actually in play for only 6% of the game!

In his excellent book Stillpower, leading sports psychologist Garret Kramer says that a key factor to performing well in sport and in life, is your ability to control the quality and quantity of your internal dialogue, given that:

Performance = potential – internal interference

In short, you need to stop yourself from stopping yourself.

Sport, business and life, it would appear, are all played on a six inch course ….. the space between our ears.



West London police wish to alert local residents about the activities of an infamous cross eyed burglar.

If you see this man staring in your windows, warn the people next door.

Alcohol does not make you fat.

It makes you lean ….. against walls, chairs, and tables.

I turned up at 12.30 for my Gamblers Anonymous meeting, and the sign on the door said "Back at 20 to 1".

So I did.


A woman applies for a job in a lemon grove.

"Have you any experience of picking lemons?" asked the foreman.

"I certainly have," replied the woman.

"I’ve been married three times."


Live big & love deep.


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