The first time you … … ride a bike, … parallel park, … write a blog, … own a project, … shape clay, … read a non-fiction book, … run 2km, Is almost always the hardest. That’s because learning to become a better version of you is risky and takes courage. You might fail. Not a single person in the world, got better at something they never tried! ∴ Is there something you have always wanted to try? More importantly is there something you know you need to try? ...
The world is changing. It is moving forward at lightning speed. Each day brings incredible change. Our view that the world is standing still is wrong in every way. We are time-travelers, and we would do best not to forget it. ∴ The implication to our businesses, clubs, churches, governments and even families is gigantic.
As a kid growing up we had a black and white TV in my parents room, and a colour TV in the lounge. As you can imagine the difference when switching between the two was stunning. Equally as stunning is the difference in us when we are being black and white, compared to when we are colourful. Black and white people say I’m either terrible at something or brilliant. Colourful is the middle possibility, I’m just fine. Read more at
“You take your favourite jar of goodness out of the fridge. You open it. And it’s all but empty. Mildly frustrated you scrape and scrape the bottom of the container. And in the end, barely cover your toast. To spread something, you’ve got to have it to spread. To spread happiness, you’ve got to have happiness. To spread excellence, Generosity, Ideas, Courage, Faith, Hope, Or even love. You first need to have some to spread.
If you’re struggling with worry and stress about things at the moment. A great question to ask is this… ‘Will it matter in 5 years time?’ Effectively, when we look back at this prior place, will all this stress and worry be worth the energy I am pouring into it. I can tell you from personal experience, that it almost always wont.
“It doesn’t matter the topic … gun control; global poverty; human rights; religion; overcrowded housing in Auckland; local crime; or even why your neighbour lives differently to you, if you don’t take the time to understand, you are a part of the problem. My life is always richer, fuller and more collaborative when I seek to understand. Changing the world, or even just one relationship, starts with understanding.”
This space is a place for threshold thinking. Taking old thinking and crossing the threshold into something new (the word liminal means threshold, in psychology it’s where the word subliminal derives.) The reason I call this café my liminal space, is because I use the space to both trick and trigger my brain. By only ever doing creative thought at this café, I’ve made it really easy to think there…
“You know when you repaint a room a different colour, and the first coat of the new fresh paint doesn’t look quite as you expected. You’re pretty sure it will be OK, but until you get the rest of the paint on you won’t know. Last week, with our annual conference looming and our strategy so fresh I wasn’t sure how it would look, I decided I needed some icons/logos for our strategy. I wanted something different, risky and evocative ... Read at
“Some people are easy to follow. There is something about them that gives us belief in ourselves and a desire to follow them and make great things happen. A few years ago I developed an acronym for what makes a successful and high performing leader. The second word into the acronym is one that sets apart extraordinary leaders from the rest. Its… LEADERS are Energisers.”
With the exception of primary school, the first book I ever read cover to cover was when I was 27 years old. It was a Tom Clancy novel. The first business book I ever read was in my early 30’s, The One Minute Manager. My journey with reading really took off as the founder of Agoge. I realised that no one else was easily going to teach me, push my thinking, or challenge the status-quo. So I decided I learn to read, so that I could learn to learn.
“When you’re learning to walk, no one criticizes you when you fall down. Parents understand that you do it wrong and then you do it right. But that’s about the last time you get that benefit. After that, we shame you when you fail.”
A thousand seconds, is 16 minutes away. Make sense, feels about right. A million seconds, which is 1000 x 1000, is 11.5 days away. Less than a fortnight. A billion seconds, which is 1000 x 1000 x 1000, is just on 32 years away. It turns out its easier than you’d expect, for you, 1 person, to make a difference for many many people. The key. Don’t let the big numbers scare you.