One buttock players …..

by Sunil Bali, 02-07-2017

In his book "The Art of Possibility", Benjamin Zander – one of the world’s leading orchestra conductors – talks about the path from piano beginner to piano master.

For one year or two years, or even more, the kids trudge along. They practice and practice, pound every note and plod along.

Then suddenly they connect, lift themselves off the seat and as Zander calls them, become one buttock players.*

After countless hours of practice they truly believe that they can master the piano and get better through practice. And the better they get, the more they enjoy the practice. It’s an upward spiral.

The great piano virtuoso Paderwerski once played before an audience of the rich and famous. After a brilliant performance, a rather aloof member of the aristocracy haughtily proclaimed, "Maestro, you are a genius."

To which Paderwerski replied tartly, "Yes Madam. But before I was genius I was a clod."

….. Embrace the grind.

* I know this to be true as after 10 years of practice, practice and more practice, my 16 year old daughter Yasmin is embarking on her piano teaching exams. I remember when she became a one buttock player.



  • Handing over my ID at the post office, the clerk blurts out, "You’ve aged a bit since this photo was taken."
    "You’re dead right," I replied.
    "I had it taken just before I joined your queue."
  • I saw a flying saucer today …… it appeared after the flying cup my wife threw at me.
  • Have you heard about those new corduroy pillows? They’re making headlines.


Live big & love deep.


Doormats and people pleasers ….

by Sunil Bali, 25-06-2017

When asked how much input their audience’s had in the development of Cirque du Soleil, Head of Marketing, Mario D’Amico replied,

"Why do we want to ask what our audience thinks? We don’t care what they think.

How can people tell you what they want if they haven’t seen it before? If we ask them what they want, we’ll end up doing Swan Lake every year!"

In a similar vein Henry Ford once said, "If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses."

The route that led to the creation of both the Model T Ford and Cirque du Soleil was lined with throngs of naysayers, doom mongers and dream stealers. But they pressed ahead anyway.

Research by Professor Angela Lee Duckworth shows that successful entrepreneurs tend to be independent of public opinion and have the ability to self-ignite.

- They realize that just because it’s a cloudy night, the sky is still full of stars.

- They realize that although the tide has gone out and they can’t set sail, the tide will come in again.

- They realize that their overwhelming belief and enthusiasm for what they do will create the right conditions to succeed.

Duckworth found that successful entrepreneurs are deliberate creators whose prosperity depends on what they generate inside of them, rather than what happens outside of them.

Rather than please people, respect the status quo or abide by the rules, those who make their mark in the world seek first to satisfy their soul.

The delicious irony is that by not seeking to please people, people are ultimately pleased and one’s soul isn’t sacrificed on the altar of popularity.




News Just In

$95 million dollars has been found in a flat in Nigeria.

The poor guy spent the last 10 years trying to share it, but no one responded to his emails.

9 year old daughter: My teacher said that Fathers Day was last Sunday. When can I give daddy my Father’s Day card?

Mother: When he delivers the milk on Thursday.


Live big & love deep.


Sitting with a pretty girl …..

by Sunil Bali, 18-06-2017

When he was asked to explain his theory of relativity in simple terms, Einstein replied, "Sit with a pretty girl for an hour and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity." Or, as someone else once philosophized, "The length of a minute depends on which side of the toilet door you are when you’re bursting to go."

Time tends to increase or decrease depending how conscious you are of it.

When you’re feeling stressed, time goes slowly, but when you’re in the moment, loving life with a lightness of being, then you seem to have all the time you need ….. you look at your watch and what seemed like magic moments and minutes, turn out to be happy hours and delightful days.

Lovers really do make a fool of time.

The ancient Greeks had two different words for time:

Chronos – this is calendar time. Seconds, minutes, hours and days

Kairos – this literally means, "when the time is right"

Most of us wear chronometers (watches). But what if we wore kairometers instead which tapped into our heart, our gut and our soul, so we took the right action at the right time.

To eat only when we’re hungry, to rest whenever we’re tired, and to take the action that our intuition is nudging us to take.

Time is a bit like the wind, it lifts the light and leaves the heavy.

So make sure you do the light thing.



- Some people say their body is a temple. Mine’s a bouncy castle

- What happens when you have a bladder infection. Urine trouble.

- Prison may be one word. But to others it’s a sentence.

- Did you hear about the dyslexic insomniac? He would lay awake all night and wonder about dog.


Live big & love deep.


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