by Sunil Bali, 27-05-12

Have you ever had someone push your head under water?

A friend did this to me last week as we were larking about with our kids in a swimming pool.

I immediately experienced a surge in energy as I became focussed on what I wanted to do, which was to get my head out of the water.

When you’re crystal clear on what you want to do, your energy increases and you’re far more likely to take the right action.

Successful people quit fragmenting their energy, are fantastic at focussing, and if they fail, quickly refocusing.

You may have heard of the following quote by the man who is widely regarded as the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan:

“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

Jordan is one of the most successful basketball players in history, but what is less commonly known is that the only basketball record Jordan holds is for the most number of misses.

If you want to be buzzing with energy, get really clear on what you want and keep shooting to get it.


I have had a long and interesting life full of many troubles, most of which didn’t happen – Mark Twain

To be everywhere is to be nowhere – Seneca

The secret of genius is focus – Alan Cohen

Successful people are those who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at them – David Brinkley


An extra helping this week as I’m away next week…..back on 10th June.

1. A woman gets on a bus with her baby. The bus driver says: "Ugh, that’s the ugliest baby I’ve ever seen!" The woman walks to the rear of the bus and sits down, fuming. She says to a man next to her: "The driver just insulted me!" The man says: "You go up there and tell him off. Go on, I’ll hold your monkey for you."

2. I went to the zoo the other day, there was only one dog in it; it was a shitzu.

3. Dyslexic man walks into a bra.

4. My mother-in-law fell down a wishing well, I was amazed, I never knew they worked.

5. I saw this bloke chatting to a cheetah; I thought, "He’s trying to pull a fast one".

6. A woman has twins, and gives them up for adoption. One of them goes to a family in Egypt and is named ‘Amal.’ The other goes to a family in Spain, they name him ‘Juan’. Years later; Juan sends a picture of himself to his mum. Upon receiving the picture, she tells her husband that she wished she also had a picture of Amal. Her husband responds, "But they are twins. If you’ve seen Juan, you’ve seen Amal."

7. When Susan’s boyfriend proposed marriage to her she said: "I love the simple things in life, but I don’t want one of them for my husband".

8. I met a Dutch girl with inflatable shoes last week, phoned her up to arrange a date but unfortunately she’d popped her clogs.

9. A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories. After about an hour, the manager came out of the office and asked them to disperse. "But why?" they asked, as they moved off. "Because" he said, "I can’t stand chess nuts boasting in an open foyer."

10. I was in Tesco’s and I saw this man and woman wrapped in a barcode. I said, "Are you two an item?"

11. Four fonts walk into a bar the barman says "Oi – get out! We don’t want your type in here".

12. A lorry-load of tortoises crashed into a trainload of terrapins, what a turtle disaster.

13. I said to this train driver "I want to go to Paris”. He said "Eurostar?" I said, "I’ve been on telly but I’m no George Clooney".

14. My next-door neighbour worships exhaust pipes, he’s a catholic converter.

15. I met this gangster who pulls up the back of people’s pants, it was Wedgie Kray.

To your success,