Adventures in Awesome Living

by Sunil Bali, 05-02-12

Have you ever wondered why so many rich people, don’t retire?

Billionaires such as Steven Spielberg, George Soros and Ralph Lauren could easily pack in the day job, but choose not to.

It’s because they’re having too much fun to stop.

When questioned why he doesn’t call it a day, Warren Buffet replied, "When I go to my office every morning, I feel like I’m going to the Sistine Chapel to paint."

These billionaires have to put up with crap just like anyone else. The trick is to get the Pareto scales weighing heavily in your favour and make sure that you’re having fun at least 80% of the time and doing stuff that’s not fun less than 20% of the time.

If it’s the other way around you’re in the wrong job and probably getting a lot of stress.

The evidence is unequivocal: Stress isn’t working 12 hours a day doing a job you love. Stress is working 8 hours a day doing a job you hate.

In this 90 second video, Steve Jobs explains the rules for success and why you should chase your passion and not our pension (p.13 of pdf)


Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are – Chinese proverb and one of my favourite quotes

A true professional achieves success when you don’t know what you’re doing is work or play – Warren Beatty

I never did a day’s work in my life; it was all fun – Thomas Edison

I wasn’t the funniest guy growing up, but I was the guy who worked the hardest on being funny – Chris Rock comedian


1. Why does water that has "trickled through the mountains for centuries" have a "use by" date?

2. Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are going dead?

3. Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?

4. Why do they use sterilized needles for death by lethal injection?

5. Why doesn’t glue stick to the bottle?

6. Why doesn’t Tarzan have a beard?

7. Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

8. Whose idea was it to put an "S" in the word "lisp"?

9. Why is it that no matter what colour bubble bath you use the bubbles are always white?

10. Is there ever a day that sofas are not on sale?

11. How come you never hear father-in-law jokes?

To your success,


Ps. If you enjoy this column, then you’ll enjoy my new books:

The Art of Awesome Living

The Book of Awesome Humour

which will be published next week. You can get free samples of both books & order them at: