Hell on wheels …..

by Sunil Bali. 24-06-2018

Having just turned seventeen, I asked my daughter why she was so confident that she will pass her driving test.

"I see hundreds, if not thousands of people every week who have passed their driving test so it can’t be that difficult," she replied.

I, however, can remember my first couple of driving lessons.

I learned to drive on a manual car. Every time I changed gear I pulled down the steering wheel and headed for oncoming traffic and every time I indicated I pushed the steering wheel up and headed straight for the kerb! It was a complete nightmare.

But when you think about, driving is actually a pretty difficult skill. You have to use both eyes, both ears, both hands and both feet all at the same time.

We would be well within our rights to give up. But we don’t, do we? And why not? Because everyday we see hundreds, if not thousands of people who have passed their driving test.

….. just imagine what you could achieve if you knew you couldn’t fail.




Live big & love deep.



Simply irresistible …..

by Sunil Bali. 17-06-2018

The cultural critic and writer Maria Popova wrote, “Life is a continuous process of arrival, into who we really are. Life keeps presenting the lessons we need to learn, until we finally learn them and trust who we are."

It may be trite, but its true: Imitation is limitation.

Authenticity on the other hand, whilst being an alien concept to most politicians, is like a light to a moth ….. simply irresistible.

As the Zen saying goes, "A bird has no fear of the branch breaking, because its trust is not on the branch but in its own wings."



And talking of moth’s ……

A moth goes to see a podiatrist…..

Podiatrist: What’s the problem?

Moth: I’m feeling really low. I don’t know what I’m doing with my life. My wife’s left me, my kids never visit me and my mother died last week. I’ve got a job I hate, no real friends and I worry all the time. I can’t sleep, keep hearing noises and feel exhausted.

Podiatrist: You need to see a psychiatrist. Why have you come here?

Moth: Your light was on.

My husband was unhappy with my mood swings, so he bought me a mood ring.

He thought that this would allow him to monitor my moods.

We’ve discovered that when I’m in a good mood, it turns green, and when I’m in a bad mood it leaves a big red mark on his forehead.

Maybe next time he’ll buy me a diamond.


Live big & love deep.



It wrinkles the soul …..

by Sunil Bali. 10-06-2018

By all accounts Henry Kravis is a jolly decent chap, with a likeable disposition and good sense of humour.

He does, however, suffer from a phobia which has severely impacted his life. Henry suffers from quitophobia: he has an intense fear of quitting.

Henry says his phobia lies at the root of his success in business.

Henry Kravis is co-founder of private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, has a personal fortune of $5.4billion, and has given away over $250million to good causes.

Kravis says that his quitophobia has helped him persist through the





that he has faced over the years.

It turns out that Churchill’s, "Never, never, never give up," was more than just a platitude.

Extensive research by Professor Angela Lee Duckworth shows that more than IQ, talent or any other factor, the No. 1 predictor of a person’s success is their unbreakable commitment to a long-term goal, or as she says, their grit.

In short, no grit in life = no pearl in life.

That’s why having a backbone is far more important than a wishbone.

I’ll leave the last word on the subject to General Douglas MacArthur who said, "Age may wrinkle the body, but quitting wrinkles the soul."




Live big & love deep.



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