by Sunil Bali, 12-08-12

Before the age of thirty, Jo Fairley had become the youngest ever editor of a national women’s magazine and a leading journalist for The Times.

One day she gave up her very successful career and started her own business from scratch selling chocolate. Why? Because, whilst she enjoyed writing, Jo felt she was a spectator in the game of life rather than a player and could do more with her life.

Jo named her chocolate Green & Black’s. It was bought by Cadbury in 2005 for £20m and they have retained Jo as a brand ambassador.

In the weeks after Wimbledon, tennis courts are full of people playing tennis.

After The Masters at Augusta, golf courses are full of people playing golf.

After the London Olympics, we’ll now witness many people who have been inspired to take up a new sport.

But the fact is that a few months after these events have taken place, most people have given up and have returned to their old routines.

So what’s it to be: passenger or participant?

Ps. The latter is so much more fulfilling.


I never went into business to make money – but I have found that if I have fun, the money will come – Sir Richard Branson

The greatest mistake a man can ever make is to be afraid of making one – Elbert Hubbard

An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory – Friedrich Engels

No one ever finds life worth living; he must make it worth living – Anon


These made me cringe and smile at the same time…..

Baloney buh-lo’-nee: Where some hemlines fall.

Bernadette burn’-a-det: The act of torching a mortgage.

Counterfeiters kown-ter-fit-ers: Workers who put together kitchen cabinets.

Eclipse i-klips’: What an English barber does for a living.

Eyedropper i’-drop-ur: A clumsy ophthalmologist.

Heroes hee’-rhos: What a guy in a boat does.

Left Bank left’ bangk’: What the robber did when his bag was full of loot.

Paradox par’-u-doks: Two physicians.

Pharmacist farm’-uh-sist: A helper on the farm.

Relief ree-leef’: What trees do in the spring

Rubberneck rub’-er-nek: What you do to relax your wife.

Seamstress seem’-stres: Describes 200 pounds in a size two.

Selfish sel’-fish: What the owner of a seafood store does.

I’m away next week recharging both my brain cells, so please forgive me if I’m a little slow in responding to e-mails.

To your success,