No Weddings, 2 Funerals, 1 Day & a whole heap of Messages (Most people think #8 is ‘the thing’…)

No Weddings, 2 Funerals, 1 Day & a whole heap of Messages (Most people think #8 is ‘the thing’…)

I spent my 46th birthday at my elderly uncle’s funeral. I know to some that sounds really morbid. My son Reuben was completely aghast at the thought. If that wasn’t bad enough, I spent the day after my birthday at another funeral, this time of a friend who died at the relatively young age of 50. As you can imagine, being at a funeral is always a great time for reflection. Even more so, when it’s also your birthday. I deliberately didn’t respond to the hundreds of messages I got via Facebook (1 friend told me off because she couldn’t…

What is your Defining Moment?

What is your Defining Moment?

You have something to say, you have a message, and you give it your best shot, not everyone likes it. What do you do? We often live in the shadow of who we really want to become, second guessing ourselves as to whether or not the timing is right.  Because we are too frightened of unmasking that person, so we find a rational and logical excuse: the timing is wrong, tomorrow, next week, when I get promoted, when I feel like it, when I have the finances. The biggest one is ‘I’m not feeling it right now’, a load of BS, just plain excuses. How many excuses have…

A Tale of Golf balls, Pebbles, Sand & Beer

A Tale of Golf balls, Pebbles, Sand & Beer

There is a popular  story about an important life lesson that a philosophy professor once taught his students. As the professor entered the class he cleared his desk and placed on top of it a few items. One of the items was an empty jar. He proceeded to fill up the jar with golf balls until he could fit no more. He looked at the classroom and asked his students if they agree that the jar is full. Every student agreed that the jar was indeed full. The teacher then picked up a box of small pebbles and poured them into the jar with the golf…

Selling Everything. Everywhere. (Jeff Bezos’ Top10 Lessons for Entrepreneurs)

Selling Everything. Everywhere. (Jeff Bezos’ Top10 Lessons for Entrepreneurs)

“I knew if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.” In 1994 Jeff Bezos, CEO & Chairman of Amazon.com, came across a piece of information that excited and motivated him to move in a new direction. The Catalyst He found out that internet usage in that year was growing at 2300%. This startling statistic stirred Bezos, at the time a 30 year old Vice President of an investment company, to give up a  comfortable job to embark on what he described as ‘this crazy thing…selling books online.’ He was clear what he wanted to do…he wanted…

An Epic Fail… [What making Green Juice Taught me about Life  & Business]

An Epic Fail… [What making Green Juice Taught me about Life  & Business]

Green. Juice. I know for many people those two words are likely to result in you making your face up and wondering why anyone in their right mind would drink the culinary equivalent of engine oil. And if you think that, I wouldn’t blame you, as I was there with you just few months ago. When Judy first introduced it to me, I was having none of it… Until I became desperate! With a significant birthday approaching I decided that I would make some drastic changes as the things I used to do I could do them no more. 🙂 So, having reluctantly…

The Hole Truth

The Hole Truth

It’s estimated that over 5 million electric drills were sold last year. The people that bought the drills didn’t really want a drill. What they wanted was a hole. Questions are like drills. Answers are like holes. One of the differences between successful and unsuccessful people is that successful people ask better questions and therefore get better results. But its not only the questions that you ask which shape your destiny, it’s the questions that you don’t ask of your self and others. Kids ask endless questions to satisfy their curiosity and thirst for knowledge, but sadly as we grow older the fear…

How we taught our 13 year old daughter to become an entrepreneur

How we taught our 13 year old daughter to become an entrepreneur

Leah, our daughter is an extremely talented writer. Yup, I’m her Dad so I’m a lil biased as you would imagine. But, seriously,  she really is a great writer! Recently, she decided she wanted to go to a summer event with the young people from our church. It would cost £150 and she wanted to pay for her friend as well. Her request? ‘Dad, can I have £300 for the trip please? I really want to go!’   Step 1….Start with a Purpose She had the first requirement to become an entrepreneur. A reason. A desire. A purpose! Without that it would have been…

As the worm turns (my Kitchen Aid adventures)

As the worm turns (my Kitchen Aid adventures)

In our house we love food! Judy is a great cook and Leah is becoming an expert baker. She really makes the best cookies and is becoming a regular supplier to our training events and barbecues. The indispensable magic tool for both Judy and Leah is a Kitchen Aid, the most used piece of equipment in our kitchen! The other day, though, it broke and Judy casually said, ‘You can fix that can’t you Col? I know you can!’, and she smiled and walked away with complete confidence. I didn’t share her confidence and even got annoyed that she would have me use my time tinkering with a Kitchen Aid. When I learnt…

The Secrets of how Exceptional Leaders Achieve Results

The Secrets of how Exceptional Leaders Achieve Results

Whether it is the breakdown of families, youth crime, poverty, social injustice, political discontent, religious intolerance, economic disarray, you can trace the problem ultimately to the lack of high-quality leadership in those entrusted with serving in those arenas of life. So, what are the precepts of successful leadership that you can embrace today which would ensure you become an even more effective leader? Or put another way, what are the secrets of truly exceptional leaders who have achieved phenomenal results that you can infuse within your own life to accelerate your leadership success? I’m glad you asked…I will share three principles…

The Real 4G? [God, Goals, Graft & Growhow]

The Real 4G? [God, Goals, Graft & Growhow]

Recently I got curious about all this 4G stuff I have been hearing about. First it was just 1G, then we had 2G, which meant we could make calls and send text messages too. 3G gave us access to the internet but with slower speeds than we were used to on our home broadband network. And now there is 4G.  It’s all about accessing more. Faster. That got me thinking, what if I could find a way, in my own life, to access more? Faster? All the time? After much thinking and self reflection, I realized that whenever I am at a point in my…