Oops I did it again …..

by Sunil Bali, 04-12-16

One of the agenda items at Sarah Blakely’s team meetings is: Oops I did it again.

It’s something she learned from her father, who would ask Sarah and her brother every week what they had failed at, when they were kids.

If Blakely announced that she’d tried out for something and bombed, her father would actually high five her and say, "Congratulations! Way to go!"

“My dad helped me to reframe my definition of failure and make me more resilient,” says Blakely. “Failure for me became not trying and not learning, rather than just a result."

Blakely started her company with $5000 and became the youngest self-made female billionaire in history. She grew her bottom line by quite literally removing her customer’s bottom line. You see, Blakely gave the world Spanx: the world’s first invisible pants.

When it comes to her employees, Blakely says it’s important for them to take risks and approach their failures from a constructive perspective.

As Blakely is fond saying, "Take a chance. The electric light bulb didn’t come from the continuous improvement of candles."



  • I was delighted when the Tax Authorities wrote to me and said that my tax return was "outstanding," particularly as I don’t even remember sending it in.
  • Times have been tough lately. My husband ran off with the woman next door. I really do miss her.
  • I lost a good friend and drinking partner at the weekend ….. she got her finger caught in a wedding ring.

Ps. And talking of friends, my very good friend, fellow speaker and performance guru Craig Goldblatt, is delivering one of his fabulous Inspired seminars in January: http://bit.ly/Inspired26Jan17. I’ll be there, so do come and say hi if you can make it.


Live big & love deep.



The Zen of Popeye …..

by Sunil Bali, 27-11-16

As a kid I used to enjoy watching Popeye cartoons.

His catchphrase was "I am what I am and that’s all I am, I’m Popeye the sailor man."

The inference being that Popeye is just being himself. Equal to everyone, but superior to no one.

There is a Zen maxim which states, "All things exist to express what they are."

On Old MacDonald’s Farm, the ducks go quack, the dogs go woof and the cows go moo.

The dogs don’t moo, the ducks don’t woof and the cows don’t quack.

When it comes to humans we all have:

- A spiritual nature which includes the expression of love, joy, compassion and creativity which makes us happy.

- An animal nature which includes the basic human need for food, shelter and sleep.

- A personality with a blend of desires, talents and traits which is unique to us.

Expressing your true voice and uniqueness is liberating and invigorating.

In short, be what you are.

Because, the more you do who you are the happier and more successful you will be.



Have you heard about the dyslexic Mexican? His favourite chat up line is: "Get your taco Senorita, you’ve pulled."

As they are waiting at the Pearly Gates, John and David strike up a conversation.

"How did you die?" John asks.

"I froze to death," replies David.

"That’s awful," says John,

"How about you, how did you die?" asks David.

"I had a heart attack," says John.

"You see, I knew my wife was cheating on me, so one day I showed up at home unexpectedly. I ran up to the bedroom and found her alone, reading. I rushed down to the basement, but no one was hiding there. I then ran up to the second floor, but found no one there either. So I went as fast as I could to the attic, and just as I got there, I had a massive heart attack and died."

Upon hearing this David shakes his head and says, "That’s such a shame. If you had stopped to look in the freezer, we’d both be alive now."


Live big & love deep.



The musical Christ …..

by Sunil Bali,20-11-16

Having composed his first symphony aged eight and been described by Tchaikovsky as "the musical Christ", Mozart it transpires, was actually a big kid.

When asked where his ideas for his great works came from he replied, "I have no idea whence and how these ideas come. I do know that I cannot force them and have to be of good cheer for them to flow best and abundantly."

Mozart loved to play games, pranks on his friends and perform card tricks. He also loved to tell jokes.

Tchaikovsky said, "You can hear the effortless, unburdened, childlike joy in Mozart’s music."

As George Bernard Shaw said, "We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing."



I was staying in a hotel last night.

Before I went to bed, I phoned down to reception.

"Hi, this is room 317. Can I have a wake-up call, please?"

The receptionist replied, "Yes. You’re fat, in your 40′s and given you’re staying in such a cheap hotel probably haven’t achieved much in your life."

The inventor of predictive text has died. His funfair will be hello on Sundial.


Live big & love deep.



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