Be pretty …..

by Sunil Bali, 16-09-18

In his book, "Dying for a Paycheck," Stanford Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer says that the workplace is killing us, because the blinkered focus on profit above all else is leading to very high levels of psychological and physical ill health.

So the holiday season may be over, but please do take care of yourself, because if you died tomorrow the chances are that your job would be posted on line before your obituary.

As you get back into work mode may I suggest that you focus on being pretty……. pretty kind, pretty creative, and pretty strong, so that you’re low on stress and high on happiness.



- A cow stumbles in to a field of marijuana. The steaks have never been higher.

- Crushing cans of pop is soda pressing.

- Well to be Frank, I’d have to change my name.

- I was going to turn vegan, but realised that it would be a big missed steak.

- I had a job drilling holes for water ….. it was well boring.

- I took out a loan to pay for an exorcism. If I don’t pay it back, I’m going to get repossessed.

And finally, please do spare a thought for my mother-in-law who has been taken taken to hospital after a bee landed on her face. Luckily she wasn’t stung because I was too quick with the spade.


Live big & love deep.


10 Coco Chanel quotes to make you irresistibly bold …..

by Sunil Bali, 09-09-18

Coco Chanel lived a truly spectacular life. As well as creating one of the most iconic fashion brands in history, Chanel was an ardent advocate of gender equality and freedom of expression.

The forward-thinking designer – née Gabrielle (Coco was her nickname) – was raised in an orphanage where the nuns taught her how to sew, and started her career as a singer in Paris cafes before eventually turning to design.

Her personal life had its twists and turns as did her fashion label. During World War II Chanel was forced to close the business and only re-entered the world of fashion in 1954 when she was 71 years old, because she was bored by the fashion of the time.

Above all else, Chanel was irresistibly bold throughout her life.

Here are ten of her best quotes:

  1. If you’re sad, add more lipstick and attack.
  2. I don’t care what you think about me. I don’t think about you at all.
  3. The most courageous act is to think for yourself.
  4. Elegance is when the inside is as beautiful as the outside.
  5. A girl should be two things. Who and what she wants.
  6. Keep your heels, head and standards high.
  7. Beauty begins the moment you start to think for yourself.
  8. How many cares one loses when one decides to be not something, but someone.
  9. I don’t do fashion. I am fashion. The bags under my eyes are Chanel.
  10. Be with someone who ruins your lipstick and not your mascara.



- Red sky at night, sheds on fire.
Red sky in the morning, sheds still on fire.

- A duck is waiting to cross a busy road.
A chicken walks up to him and says, "Don’t do it, man. You’ll never hear the end of it."

- Why did the cows return to the Marijuana field?
It was the pot calling the cattle back.


Live big & love deep.


Please bare with me …..

by Sunil Bali, 02-09-18

Do you remember playing pass the parcel as a child? Holding onto the parcel and hoping that the music would stop whilst it’s in your hands.

Hoping that you would get the big present in the middle of the parcel?

With both personal and business relationships we need to un-wrap the outer layers to get to the prize at the middle.

The world of business is overflowing with "professionals" who try to be pristine and perfect, but they come across as having suffered a charisma by pass and have as much depth as a cardboard cut out.

It’s not about being professional, it’s about being authentic.

When it comes to building trust "If you show me yours, I’ll show you mine" works.

Wearing a mask on the other hand wears you out. Faking it is fatiguing. The most exhausting activity is pretending to be who you know you’re not.

Wnen you choose you, there’s a good chance that others will choose you.

Being personal is far more important than being perfect.

Many leading brands are now being human and telling it how it really is.

Domino’s is allowing customers to post their unvarnished reviews – warts and all – on a Times Square billboard:

Car insurer Aviva is doing the same on its website.

The following brands make a virtue out of being transparent, and highlighting a possible weakness:

1. We’re No. 2, but we try harder. (When you’re not no. 1 you have to) – Avis

2. The taste you hate twice a day – Listerine

3. Reassuringly expensive – Stella Artois

It’s not about B2B, or B2C anymore, it’s about H2H: Human to Human.

Fashions may come and go, but the one thing that will never go out of fashion is being human.

When you come from a place of authenticity doors open and people let you in.

When you speak your truth people will trust you.

When you open your heart, it gives permission to those around you to open their heart.

Your authenticity removes the wrapping and is the foundation to your brand.



A police officer came up to me and said, "Where were you between 3 and 5?"

"Nursery school," I replied.

Fed up of having no money and being in trouble, a teenager decided to walk around his neighborhood, to find any odd jobs that needed doing.

He was just about to give up after having been refused what seemed like a hundred times, when one man said he that he could paint his porch. The man gave him a bucket of white paint and told him that he would give him £40 when he finished.

The man walked into his house laughing and told his wife what a great deal he had got. "You’re so mean Steve, our porch covers over half of the house!" his wife replied.

90 minutes later, the teenager knocked on the door, and gave the bucket of white paint back to the man. The astonished man handed him £40 and asked him how he had finished painting the porch so quickly? "There were one or two tricky bits, but it was pretty easy," he replied. "Oh, and by the way, it’s a Ferrari not a Porsche."


Live big & love deep.


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