I need more time to …

Rule #1: Having more time doesn’t deliver better decisions. Rule #2: What actually happens is the quality of the outcomes is lower from delayed decisions Continue Reading

You are much more than your past!

I was recently reminded how some people can’t look beyond what they (think they) know of your past and see that as a reflection of how and who you are now, and in some cases as a gauge of what your potential is in the future. What’s worse is that they may also tarnish in their own eyes any person you know simply because of your association with them. Personally I’ve made several mistakes in business and I’m not too proud to admit it. As I was being reminded of how small-minded some people can be, I thought to myself, Continue Reading

Be Yourself! Everyone else is already taken

The best you can do is simply the best you can do. That may seem self evident and almost annoyingly over-simplistic to some. Reality is that your best will be what comes naturally and easy to you. You may sweat and push yourself hard as you expand the boundaries of your best. Nonetheless the journey will be an enjoyable one. If it is not, you should question what you are doing and/or how you are doing it. You cannot be the best someone else. They already own it and are not competing with you to improve themselves. They are competing Continue Reading

Less Likely Epitaphs – How will your final farewell read

CONSIDER YOUR LIFE RIGHT NOW BY IMAGINING YOUR DEATH How many death bed statements sound like this: “I wish I could have worked longer.” “I wish I could have been in the office more.” “I am going to miss those long commutes to work in the traffic jams every morning.” “I wish I could have created more debt to pass on to my heirs.” I’ve never heard of a single one. Studies show that people on their death beds are more occupied with the things that are most important to them (yes, there are even studies into that). Commonly people Continue Reading

When governments don’t know to stand the hell aside

A few nights ago I was invited to attend the launch of the cooperation between the NSW Small Business Connect Unit and the University of Western Sydney. Whilst impressed with UWS the NSW Small Business Connect Unit and it’s recently appointed commissioner Yasmin King left something to be desired. Ms Yasmin King was appointed by the Minister for Small Business as the State’s first Small Business Commissioner in mid 2011. The best thing that government can do for small business owners and entrepreneurs is stand the hell out of the way. Their mission should be to make it easier for Continue Reading

Forget the Back Door, the Front Door is Wide Open

Thomas Power posted a very interesting article on Ecademy with the following video explaining how he sees Google+ creeping up on everyone and how it is a B2B matchmaking system. There are few people in the world who are as authoritative as Thomas Power on social business networking. He is the co-founder and chairman of the world’s first online social business network, Ecademy.com What jumps out at me in this regard is the need for a new security platform. A third party solution that is independent of the different systems. Google, Google+, Facebook, Twitter deploy a range of technologies to Continue Reading

Financial Intelligence Quotient – Why Should I Make a Budget?

You say you know where your money goes and you don’t need it all written down to keep up with it? I issue you this challenge. Keep track of every penny you spend for one month and I do mean every penny. You will be shocked at what the little, seemingly insignificant expenses add up to. Take the total you spent on just one unnecessary item for the month, multiply it by 12 for months in a year and multiply the result by 5 to represent 5 years. That is how much you could have saved AND drawn interest on Continue Reading

Financial Intelligence Quotient -The Budget: The Ultimate Financial Management Tool

A carpenter uses a set of house plans to build a house. If he didn’t the bathroom might be overlooked altogether. Rocket Scientists would never begin construction of a new booster rocket without a detailed set of design specifications. Yet most of us go blindly out into the world without so much as an inkling of an idea about finances, and without any plan at all. When you think of it, it’s not a very smart approach, is it? A money plan is called a budget and it is crucial to helping us achieve our desired financial goals. Without a Continue Reading

Australia – Club Med for Asylum Seekers

There was a time in my life when I was so down, I was homeless, penniless and without any immediate means of supporting myself. Okay I was not being persecuted nor was I being slaughtered by rebel forces. However many so-called asylum seekers are also neither being persecuted nor are they being slaughtered by rebel forces. Many are simply the scum who ruin it for the rest, and create a negative perception amongst the good citizens of caring and great nations like Australia. A true asylum seeker, the ones who are being persecuted and slaughtered, not simply people looking for Continue Reading

Successful People Think Differently

I have spoken with thousands of people around the world, from vastly different backgrounds and cultures, and certainly very different upbringings. It probably comes as no surprise to anyone that one thing that differentiated the successful people from the unsuccessful ones was how they thought. For the purposes of this article, the success we are talking about is financial success. But what I did find interesting was that the attitude of majority of the unsuccessful ones was that they had to think carefully about almost every big decision. The successful ones by contrast made almost all decisions as if they Continue Reading

Freedom suffers thanks to closet sex workers

Every time some out of control judge or politician (let’s face it that’s most of them) takes it upon them self to make a pathetic ruling or push through some ridiculous legislation, our freedom is reduced a little more. Regrettably this happens hundreds of times every day; even more regrettable is that we rarely hear about it until we need to defend our rights in the same legal arena of lunacy that creates the problem. A recent ruling in Victoria demonstrates again clearly that all legal professionals really are just glorified sex workers in the closet; they screw everybody indiscriminately Continue Reading

Freedom goes further down the gurgler

20 years on, different continent, different circumstances, same old story. Australians need to wake up and smell the stench of over-regulated bureaucracy that is killing freedom in this country. Marius Müller Westerhagen said it well back in the 80’s in Germany in the song ‘Freiheit’ (Freedom). Hopefully Australia will wake up before it is too late and we grow totally numb to the impact that the lunacy of overly-social, cover your ass, and everyone-is-responsible-just-not-me politics and social behaviour is having on the formerly pragmatic and have a go mentality that made Australia great. Given that Australia is hailed as a Continue Reading