by Sunil Bali, 29-04-12

Here’s a riddle for you.

Three little birds are sitting on a branch of a tree.
Two decide to fly away.
How many birds are left?

Answer: Three…..deciding and doing aren’t the same thing.

There’s a $20 Billion industry out there telling us how to be more successful. So you would expect to be falling over successful people on every street corner.

But the facts are that 1 in 4 of us will suffer some sort of mental illness during the course of our life and half the world’s wealth is owned by 2% of the population.

The problem is that when all is said and done, a lot more is said than done.

To paraphrase bestselling author and founder of Human Business Works, Chris Brogan, a “can do” attitude will take you so far, but what you also need is a “did do” attitude.

Whether its fear of failure, perfectionism, or procrastination, consistent action in the direction of your dreams will overcome these obstacles.

Action is everything.

The Latin word satis means enough. When you take enough action you’ll get satisfaction.


The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can’t be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it – Harry Emerson Fosdick

A good plan executed, is far better than a perfect plan carried out next week – General Patton

You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do – Henry Ford

People who wait for something to turn up might start with their own shirt sleeves – Unknown

There are two ways to reach the top of an oak tree. You can climb it or sit on an acorn and wait – Unknown

Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity – Lao Tzu


The Four Cats

Four men were bragging about how smart their cats were.

The first man was an Engineer, the second man an Accountant, the third a Chemist, and the fourth was a Trade Union Leader.

To show off, the Engineer called to his cat, "T-square, do your stuff."

T-square pranced over to the desk, took out some paper and pen and promptly drew a circle, a square, and a triangle.

Everyone agreed that was pretty smart.

But the Accountant said his cat could do better. He called his cat and said,

"Spreadsheet, do your stuff."

Spreadsheet went out to the kitchen and returned with a dozen cookies. He divided them into 4 equal piles of 3 cookies.

Everyone agreed that was good.

But the Chemist said his cat could do better. He called his cat and said, "Measure, do your stuff."

Measure got up, walked to the fridge, took out a bottle of milk, got a glass from the cupboard and filled it to the top without spilling a drop.

Everyone agreed that was pretty good.

Then the three men turned to the Trade Union Leader who called his cat and said, "Coffee Break, do your stuff."

Coffee Break jumped to his feet…….

ate the cookies……..

drank the milk…….

sh*t on the paper…….

screwed the other three cats…….

claimed he injured his back while doing so…….

filed a grievance report for unsafe working conditions…….

put in for Workers Compensation……………and

went home for the rest of the day on sick leave.

To your success,