Simply irresistible …..

by Sunil Bali. 17-06-2018

The cultural critic and writer Maria Popova wrote, “Life is a continuous process of arrival, into who we really are. Life keeps presenting the lessons we need to learn, until we finally learn them and trust who we are."

It may be trite, but its true: Imitation is limitation.

Authenticity on the other hand, whilst being an alien concept to most politicians, is like a light to a moth ….. simply irresistible.

As the Zen saying goes, "A bird has no fear of the branch breaking, because its trust is not on the branch but in its own wings."



And talking of moth’s ……

A moth goes to see a podiatrist…..

Podiatrist: What’s the problem?

Moth: I’m feeling really low. I don’t know what I’m doing with my life. My wife’s left me, my kids never visit me and my mother died last week. I’ve got a job I hate, no real friends and I worry all the time. I can’t sleep, keep hearing noises and feel exhausted.

Podiatrist: You need to see a psychiatrist. Why have you come here?

Moth: Your light was on.

My husband was unhappy with my mood swings, so he bought me a mood ring.

He thought that this would allow him to monitor my moods.

We’ve discovered that when I’m in a good mood, it turns green, and when I’m in a bad mood it leaves a big red mark on his forehead.

Maybe next time he’ll buy me a diamond.


Live big & love deep.


It wrinkles the soul …..

by Sunil Bali. 10-06-2018

By all accounts Henry Kravis is a jolly decent chap, with a likeable disposition and good sense of humour.

He does, however, suffer from a phobia which has severely impacted his life. Henry suffers from quitophobia: he has an intense fear of quitting.

Henry says his phobia lies at the root of his success in business.

Henry Kravis is co-founder of private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, has a personal fortune of $5.4billion, and has given away over $250million to good causes.

Kravis says that his quitophobia has helped him persist through the





that he has faced over the years.

It turns out that Churchill’s, "Never, never, never give up," was more than just a platitude.

Extensive research by Professor Angela Lee Duckworth shows that more than IQ, talent or any other factor, the No. 1 predictor of a person’s success is their unbreakable commitment to a long-term goal, or as she says, their grit.

In short, no grit in life = no pearl in life.

That’s why having a backbone is far more important than a wishbone.

I’ll leave the last word on the subject to General Douglas MacArthur who said, "Age may wrinkle the body, but quitting wrinkles the soul."




Live big & love deep.


A poke in the eye with a sharp stick …..

by Sunil Bali. 03-06-2018

I was brought up to believe that accumulating degrees and certificates was the way to succeed.

A first generation migrant to the UK, my mother thought that my salary and job security would be directly proportional to the number of letters after my name.

So I got a huge shock when I attended my first lecture at Business School, because the first thing our MBA Professor said to the class was, “If any of you were any good, you wouldn’t be here."

He said, "If you know what makes people mad, sad and glad, and can consistently make them glad, then you won’t need an MBA."

It was the most valuable thing I learned on my MBA. The rest of the course was about as useful as a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.

In hindsight, I think I learned more at Nursery School than I did at Business School. If you ever watch toddlers at Nursery School, they forgive very quickly, go where there is excitement, and stay where there is love.

Nursery school kids learn, play and create every day. They look at the world around them with wonder and awe, and realise that whether you’re 3 or 53, life is so much better when you hold hands and stick together.

Nursery kids know what we adults forget ….. love will drive you sane.



  1. A man has suffered serious head injuries after being hit with a large, round, brass percussion instrument.
    Police believe the attack was gong related.
  2. During my wife’s labour, the nurse came up to us and said,"What are your thoughts on Epidural".
    I said, "Thanks, but we’ve already picked a name."
  3. My doctor e-mailed me asking if I knew my "blod group".
    I replied, "typo."

And finally,


Live big & love deep.


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