What’s up grillfriend …..

by Sunil Bali, 19-08-18

The sun is shining in Blighty and the barbecues are out, but it’s not just the sausages that are sizzling. Someone’s temper is reaching boiling point because…..

1. The woman buys the food.

2. The woman makes the salad, prepares the vegetables and makes dessert.

3. The woman prepares the meat for cooking and takes it to the man who is lounging beside the grill, beer in hand.

Here comes the important part:


5. The woman goes inside to organise the plates and cutlery.

6. The woman comes out to tell the man that the meat is burning. He thanks her and asks if she will bring another beer, while he deals with the situation.


8. The woman prepares the plates, salad, bread, utensils, napkins, sauces and brings them to the table.

9. After eating, the woman clears the table and does the dishes.

10. Everyone PRAISES THE MAN AND THANKS HIM for his cooking efforts.

11. The man asks the woman how she enjoyed ‘her day off’. And, upon seeing her annoyed reaction, concludes that there’s just no pleasing some women.

In my seminars, I often ask how many people feel over appreciated and how many people feel under appreciated. Out of the thousands of people that I’ve spoken to, not one person has ever raised their hand to the former, but hundreds have raised their hand to the latter.

As the psychologist William James said, "The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated."

Is there anyone you know, who deserves to know that they’re appreciated?


School exams and reports.

  1. Exam question: “Use the word diploma in a sentence”.
    Pupil: “Our pipes were leaking, so my dad called diploma.”
  2. Teacher: "Who can tell me where Hadrian’s Wall is?"
    Pupil:”I expect it’s around Hadrian’s garden!”
  3. Biology teacher: “What happens when the human body is immersed in water?"
    Student: “The telephone rings”
  4. Teacher: “What does the 1286BC inscription on the mummy’s tomb indicate?"
    Pupil: “Is it the registration number of the car that ran over him?"
  5. Teacher: “Where’s the English Channel?"
    Pupil: “I don’t know. My TV doesn’t pick it up.”
  6. Angry father: “Just look at this report card! Your friend John doesn’t come home with C’s and D’s on his report card!”
    Son: “No. But he’s different. He’s got really smart parents”
  7. “I was thrown out of university in my first year. I cheated in the metaphysics exam. I looked within the soul of the boy sitting next to me.” – Woody Allen.


Live big & love deep.



Beditate …..

by Sunil Bali. 12-08-2018

The human body will self-correct at every opportunity:

- if we’re too hot we sweat

- if we’re too cold we shiver

- if we drink too much fluid our kidneys excrete it

- if eat too much sugar we produce more insulin

Research by Professor William Duggan shows that the human brain has the same self-correcting mechanism, and given time and space will provide clarity and solutions for problems that leave everyday rationality flummoxed. When at its most creative the human brain produces a high level of alpha waves.

Duggan found that worrying blocks the production of alpha waves in the brain which produces beta waves instead, which are associated with stress, introspection and negative thought patterns.

One way to maximize creativity and the production of alpha waves is to beditate.

When you wake up in the morning, instead of running the same old mental patterns about the day ahead, just stop for a few moments, relax and dump your should’s, would’s and could’s. Or as my friend Laurence Shorter says in his excellent book, The Lazy Guru’s Guide to Life, "Stop, tune in, and let go."

And do the same just before you go to bed ….. stop and sync.

It’s amazing how much work you can get done when you’re not thinking.



- Let’s hope Elon Musk doesn’t have a scandal. Elongate would drag on forever.

- What’s blue and doesn’t weigh very much? Light blue.

- I got gas today for $1.49. Unfortunately it was at Burger King.


Live big & love deep.



No love handles …..

by Sunil Bali. 05-08-2018

Cavemen had no cars, no computers and no love handles.

In their paper Stone agers in the fast lane, researchers at Atlanta University’s School of Medicine say that our cavemen ancestors did cardiovascular interval training every day. These exercise sessions weren’t optional because our ancestors were either searching and sprinting after prey, or running away from it.

When it comes to stress, our system is designed to cope with problems that last for seconds and minutes- typically kill or be killed – and not months or years. Our DNA and brain haven’t changed very much in the last 10,000 years.

The result is that 75% of deaths in Western nations can be attributed to "diseases of civilization" which were rare in our pre-agricultural ancestors.

There’s a mismatch between our cavemen body and brain, and our modern world. Love handles can be removed with increased activity, but what about how our relatively primitive operating system – the brain – deals with stress?

How can we reduce our levels of stress and become more resilient?

Warren Buffet has a great solution. He books a meeting with himself at the end of every day, where he goes for a walk and thinks about how he has reacted or responded to issues during the day. Where Buffet finds that his thinking has caused him stress, he identifies any underlying beliefs, behaviours and habits that need to change.

This daily review process works best when you’re mind is still and you can tap into your innate intelligence, hence a walk away from all distractions is ideal.

A daily ME-eting increases awareness, disrupts sub optimal thought patterns, and clears the way for new mental patterns which support what you want to achieve.

As Buffet says, "The chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken, and we then function in our dysfunction."

….. and you wouldn’t want to function in your dysfunction would you?



What’s the difference between a politician and a flying pig?

The letter "f".

Some Egyptian bloke just pulled up in a BMW, beeped his horn and bared his naked ar5e out of the window.

….. Blo0dy toot and car moon.


Live big & love deep.



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