by Sunil Bali, 15-11-15

This week I spoke at an Engineering Conference at The Theatre of Dreams, aka Manchester United’s ground Old Trafford, and was asked what I think are the Top 3 traits required to engineer your dreams into coming true.

(sign on the toilet seat of my Virgin train to Manchester)

I replied:

  1. A wish bone – You can’t hit a target you can’t see. Having a clear vision of what you wish for keeps you on the right path.
  2. A back bone – to have faith in yourself and to keep going when you’re going through hell, and
  3. A funny bone – laughter is the shortest distance between two people, and given that great relationships drive business and life, putting a smile on people’s faces is both an enjoyable and profitable strategy. Regardless, don’t you find that people with a good sense of humour have a better sense of life?

After having undertaken many years of research into how to lead a "wonderful life", The Times columnist and Cambridge University psychologist Dr. Nick Bayliss concludes that Bruce Springsteen was wrong; we humans weren’t born to run. "We were born to have fun. Because when we’re having fun, we infect others with the possibility virus and inspire them to do wonderful things and live wonderful lives."

So how about you go fun yourself, infect others with the possibility virus, and live happily ever laughter?


  1. Seen on the side of a septic tank lorry – No stools are left in this vehicle over night.
  2. A bishop goes to visit one of his priests who is in hospital.

    The bishop notices all the medical equipment attached to the priest and kneels by his bed to pray.

    The sick priest motions to a pad and pen on the side table. The bishop hands the priest the pad and pen, who then begins to write very fast. But just as he hands the note to the Bishop, the priest dies.

    The Bishop quickly puts the note in his pocket and runs from the bedside to get help, unaware that the priest has expired.

    At the priest’s funeral, the bishop delivers the service and solemnly says, "I was with him when he took his last breath, and as a matter of fact, I have his last thought in my pocket here."

    The bishop pulls out the paper and reads, "Please, get up. You’re kneeling on my oxygen hose."

  3. My friend David lost his ID. We now call him Dav.