Monthly Archives: April 2009

Inspiration From Steve Jobs

Just in case you were being fooled into thinking that every business out there is suffering,

check out Apple’s results for Qtr 1 2009 –

“We are extremely pleased to report the best non-holiday quarter revenue and earnings in our history,” said Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s CFO, in announcing the company’s March quarter financial results.

In its fiscal 2009 second quarter, Apple posted revenue of $8.16 billion and a net quarterly profit of $1.21 billion, or $1.33 per diluted share. Gross margin was 36.4 percent, UP from 32.9 percent in the year-ago quarter.

So anything is possible!

And probably a lot of their success stems from the inspiration of their leader’s mental attitude.  Get an insight to this attitude from the following clip:

ps -If you have never seen this it’s really worth watching.

pps- And if you have already seen it, it’s probably worth watching again!


Inspiration From Arnie…

“Strength does not come from winning.
Your struggles develop your strength.
When you go through hardship and
decide not to surrender, that is strength.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Obstacles test you.

They test your resolve, your determination and your creativity.

A successful life is not one free of obstacles.

It’s one where obstacles are present, but how they’re
handled and viewed is different from the average life.

Arnold Schwarzenegger has had major obstacles

in his way at different parts of his life.
But his attitude and mindset determined his level of success.
A successful bodybuilder, Hollywood actor and politician,
almost everything he has achieved most would
have thought impossible, for a young boy from Austria.
When he was starting off as an actor he was TOLD to change
his name, because it was too long and unpronouncable.
He was also told to change his physique because
he’d never get an acting job.
And he was told to give up because he had a ‘weird accent’…
Well, we all know what happened.
As  very wise mentor of mine once told me
‘Believe it or not, you learn the most,
not when things are going right, but when things are going wrong!’
When you decide to succeed DESPITE any setbacks,
you find ways of making things work.
You develop inner strength and in  a strange way
obstacles become your friends – because…
-they can make you better
-they can make you stronger
– they can make you humble
but ONLY if you’re open to learning from them.
So wherever you’re at right now, maybe reflect on
what obstacles you THINK are in front of you this week
and just DECIDE to get around them.
The biggest factor in doing this, is getting EVEN
CLEARER about what you want.  This kick starts your motivation.
So, what, if any, is your biggest obstacle?
Decide NOW to tackle it and go through it.  Take ACTION.

What does a fool need to beat a genius?

“A fool with a plan will beat a genius
without a plan every time.”

T. Boone Pickens’ advice from his father

Very relevant words in today’s world.

Some might argue that there’s no point in creating a plan because it could all change tomorrow.
And that could well be true.
But to me, that’s all the more reason to have annual/quarterly/monthly/weekly & daily plans.

A plan is never set in stone and it’s 100% guaranteed to change. But the benefits of having a plan are many. Here’s a few:

– It narrows your focus and reduces the chance of you being distracted
– It can help RELAX your mind, as it has a path to follow
– It helps you to use your resources more effectively
– It makes it easier to say ‘NO’ to other projects/people/distractions because you KNOW what you’re about
– It acts like a beacon to keep you on track if you get very busy and have lots coming at you.

The solution to the current climate is not to ignore planning
but ACTUALLY, plan more. Not necessarily more time, but more frequently.
All that might mean is 15 minutes a day, and an hour a WEEK.

‘Planning’ means:
Reviewing what you’ve done and what you learned from it
Visioning the outcome of what you want, as if it’s already happened
Creating ‘chunks’ of actions to move you towards your desired outcome.

NOW is the time to plan.
I meet people every week who ‘dilly dally’ around planning.

‘I’m too busy right now’. ‘I’ll do that when it calms down’. ‘I just don’t have the time.’

The funny thing is, the time to plan is when you don’t have the time.
Because it will help you focus on your priorities and if done
consistently AND effectively, will result in giving you more time.

So, what can you do DIFFERENTLY this week to improve
on your planning?

ps – If you’ve never heard of T.Boone Pickens, then follow this
link to find out more about him