Adventures in Awesome Living

by Sunil Bali, 29-01-12

Have you ever watched little children after they’ve just learned to walk?

They take a few steps away from Mum and Dad before toddling back to them, to a place they know is safe.

The next time they may wander a step or two further, before returning. As their confidence builds they venture further away, but often look back, seeking reassurance that they can return to their place of safety.

My experience of working with leaders of multi-nationals to one man bands has convinced me that as adults we still need that “safe place” if we’re to flourish and reach our highest potential. A place where we can make mistakes without fear of embarrassment, where we can learn and be supported by others.

The media feeds us examples of solitary hyper achievers who have single-handedly defied the odds by ploughing a solitary furrow. The reality however, is that these hyper achievers invariably have a close team around them: It’s only when they’ve got their team together that their dream comes together.

Social media, on-line networking and the internet are essential tools but not the answer. The likes of Linked In, Twitter, and Facebook allow us to have more “friends” than ever, but when it comes to confidants who will support us to be successful, research shows that we’re often in a relationship vacuum and quite lonely.

Since the days of the caveman humans have needed each other. Just because we’re now wearing suits and holding briefcases, it doesn’t mean that anything has changed.

The evidence is clear: You have to do it on your own, but you can’t do it alone.

Who’s in your inner circle helping you to be all that you can be?


Some people die at 25 and aren’t buried until 75 – Benjamin Franklin

Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you’re alive, it isn’t – Richard Bach

Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong – Peter McIntyre

He who lives in harmony with himself, lives in harmony with the universe – Marcus Aurelius


Tease the frog and…..!! (27 second video)

…..and finally, from the late, great Tommy Cooper:

The Rottweiler

A man takes his Rottweiler to the vet. ‘My dog is cross-eyed, is there anything you can do for him?’

‘Well,’ said the vet, ‘let’s have a look at him.’ So he picks the dog up and examines his eyes, then he checks his teeth. Finally, he says, ‘I’m going to have to put him down.’

‘Why, because he’s cross-eyed?’

‘No. Because he’s really heavy.’

Great parking

‘You know, somebody actually complimented me on my driving today. They left a little note on the windscreen.’

It said, ‘Parking Fine.’

My arm hurts

A man walked into the doctors and said, ‘I’ve hurt my arm in several places’.

The doctor replied, ‘Well, don’t go there anymore.’

To your success,