Forrest Jump …..

by Sunil Bali, 28-10-18

When Steve Jobs gave his famous 2005 Stanford Commencement Speech, nearly 23,000 people were packed into Stanford Stadium.

One of the them was Forrest Li.

Forrest remembers the day of the speech, saying "I was fortunate to be among the audience for my wife’s graduation and was deeply moved by Steve’s words".

He took to heart Jobs’ advice to "Stay hungry, stay foolish and follow your heart".

Forrest then replayed the video on YouTube every day for months, and now says "It gave me the courage to do what I’m doing now."

A very keen gamer, Forrest’s dream was to build a successful gaming company.

Inspired by Jobs, Forrest launched his gaming company Garena. The first few years were a bit of a rollercoaster, but in the last six years Forrest’s company has grown annual revenue by over 95% year on year to over $300 million in 2015.

Millions have watched Steve Jobs’ 2005 commencement speech, but how many have followed it like Forrest has and jumped into action?

Remember, that just like a bottle of milk or a piece of fruit, inspiration has an expiry date.



The Mexican Maid

The Mexican maid asked for a pay rise.

The Missus was very upset about this and decided to talk to her about the completely unjustified raise.

Mrs: "Now Maria, just why do you want a pay increase?"
Maria: "Well, Senora, there are tree reeezons why I wanna increeze.

The first is that I iron better than you …"

Mrs: "And just Who said you iron better than me …?"
Maria: "Jor huzban … he say so …".

Mrs: "Oh yeah …?!!"

Maria: "The second reason eez that I am a better cook than you …"

Mrs: "Nonsense, what utter rubbish; and Who said you were a better cook than me …?"
Maria: "Jor hozban … he did say so …"
Mrs, increasingly agitated: "Oh he did, did he …???"

Maria: "The third reason is that I am better in bed than you…"

Mrs, really boiling now, and through gritted teeth: "And, did my husband say that as well …?"

Maria: "No Senora … The gardener did …"

Mrs: "So how much of a raise were you wanting …?"


Live big & love deep.


Why do we give a Friar Tuck …..

by Sunil Bali, 21-10-18

How many people do you think will cry at your funeral?

10, 20, ….. 30 maybe?

It’s been estimated that around 12-15 people cry at the average funeral.

Why then do we give a Friar Tuck about the opinion of countless others?

The answer lies a mere 20,000 years ago in the Paleolithic or Stone Age.

Back then, our caveman ancestors had to be part of a small tribe if they were to survive. A tribe meant access to more food and greater protection. So being accepted by the tribe, especially those in authority, was critical.

Being rejected by, or worse still getting kicked out by the tribe, resulted in a dramatically shortened lifespan. Being socially accepted was everything.

In short, our bodies and minds are built to live in a small tribe in 20,000BC.

That’s why we humans have evolved an obsession with what others think of us.

A craving for social approval which tragically silences our authentic voice.

In the 21st century we need to work on our own agenda and not respond to someone else’s.

So tell me, whose opinion do you need to stop caring about?



Put downs by comedians to hecklers:

I’m sorry can’t understand what you’re saying. I’m wearing a moron filter – Arthur Smith

Your bus leaves in 10 minutes. Be under it – John Cooper Clarke

What are you so angry about? Has the price of Play Dough gone up? – Henning Wehn

Well it’s a night out for him and a night off for his family – Jack Dee

Pay attention madam and you’ll realise that we have several things in common, not just the beard– Markus Birdman


Live big & love deep.


Born to be wild …..

by Sunil Bali, 14-10-18

Professor of Psychology, Ed Diener, says that "The aim of life is to die young as late as possible."

Here are a few tips on how to do just that:

  1. If you take a £20 note, crumple it up, throw it on the floor, and tread on it a few times, it may be a little dirty and the worst for wear, but it hasn’t lost any of its value. The same is true of you. Remember, what happens to you doesn’t change your value.
  2. Whatever life you have in you, express it. If you have the urge to bake cakes, do stand up comedy, or run a marathon ….. overcome the inertia and do it. The act of expression increases present moment awareness, flow, and therefore happiness.
  3. Take a risk, change your routine and do something which makes your soul soar. Sleep replenishes a tired mind and body, but sleep doesn’t help if its your soul that’s tired.
  4. Make sure that everyday you love someone, believe in something and hope for something. When you’re crystal clear on your why the how tends to show up.
  5. Get outside and get lost in nature because this is our true nature. In evolutionary terms, it wasn’t that long ago that we lived in caves. Humans have become too domesticated and were born to be wild. There maybe no wifi in the forest, but you will find a better connection.



A woman applies for a job in a lemon grove.
"Have you any experience of picking lemons?" asked the foreman.

"I certainly have," replied the woman.

"I’ve been married three times."

Two friends were in the wine section at their local supermarket and one said to the other, "How much do you normally spend on a bottle of wine?"
"About an hour," the friend replied.

My boss asked me, "Do you believe in life after death?"
"Yes," I replied.

"I thought you would," he said. "Yesterday after you left to go to your grandmother’s funeral, she phoned the office asking for you."


Live big & love deep.


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