Monthly Archives: August 2010

This Helps Create Champions

Here’s your shot of inspiration:

“Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision.”

Muhammad Ali Most people get so caught up in the day to day tasks of life and business that they lose sight of the bigger picture (that’s if they ever had one) They get lost in the never ending list of ‘To-Do’s’, problems and activities just waiting for their attention.

Muhammad Ali gives us a clue here as to what separated him from the pack. He didn’t just box and train hard only because he loved it. No.  He was motivated by his vision of the future.  He could see what he wanted to create, the benefits he would achieve by becoming world champion and the change he could affect in the world.   Arnold Szhwarenegger is on record as saying something similar.  He was so clear on where he was going that it became a ‘pleasure to endure pain in the gym’.

When you have an exciting vision, it drives you out of bed in the morning.  It keeps you going when a ‘dull’ day arrives.  It literally gives you energy, even when your physical body is tired. Spend time regularly stoking the flames of your dreams/big picture.    All of the people you know of, who have achieved something significant, all of them have had or have an inspiring dream.   But they kept their eyes firmly on it. I read somewhere recently that 1 hour taken out to look at the ‘strategic view’ of your life or business would save about 10 hours of reactive time. In my experience it’s at least that…

What’s your big picture/vision/dream/big goal/dream?   Consider taking time out to give it some time, thought and improve your clarity on it.      Regardless of your position, age or situation I believe we all need to have ‘desires, dreams and visions’ to focus on.  & the key is to do it regularly.

Food for thought…

Have a great week,



How Can Eden Inspire You?

I was in Cornwall from last Thurs to Sat, working with my client, Chris Levine,, and the creative forces behind one of the UK’s top attractions, the Eden Project (

The focus was on an exciting new idea to bring Eden’s message to the masses. (Bear with me, the inspiration is coming) Here’s some stats on the business:

– The idea was conceived by Tim Smit

– It took approx. £150 million to get it off the ground

– The build was 2 and a half years and involved transforming a derelict china clay pit.

– It is home to the largest greenhouse in the world – Eden now employs about 450 people, rising to 650 in the summer time

– It has brought over a £1billion into the cornish ecomony I have seen nothing like it anywhere else and would encourage you to go at some point

– it’s basically like a theme park with nature at it’s core.

Their goal at Eden is to enhance the public’s understanding of the inter-relatedness between nature and human beings using a very innovative approach to education.

I was lucky enough to spend a good chunk of Friday with the founder Tim Smit, and Eden’s creative director, Peter Hampel. The reason I’m referring to this today is because of something Tim Smit said to me when I asked him to summarise what Eden stands for in 1 sentence.

After initially resisting, he gave an answer that I genuinely could not have predicted. He didn’t mention nature once or the environment, which on the face of it is what Eden seems to be all about.

This is what he said… “Eden stands as a symbol to inspire anyone to believe, that no matter what situation they find themselves in, they can improve it.” To Tim Smit, Eden is 2 fingers to those who say you can’t do that – that’s impossible.

Imagine if every business had this at it’s core… He went on to tell me that even though he’s not a fan of mission statements, he had recently been convinced by Peter Hampel to create one.

This is it… “To create your own Eden wherever you are” You could interpret this as creating your own ‘impossible’ dream. Most definitely food for thought…

Have a great week,

Best Regards,

Shane ps – If you’d like to read more about Eden, you can do so here

Can You Guess Who These People Were?

Hi All,
And now for something slightly different than normal…
Who Was?1. President of the world’s largest steel company?
2. President of the world’s largest gas company?
3. President of the New York stock Exchange?

4. The Greatest wheat speculator?
5. President of the Bank of International Settlement?
6. The Great Bear of Wall Street?These men were considered some of the worlds most successful of their

days..Now, 80 years later, the history book asks us, if we know

what ultimately became of them..The Answers:

1. The president of the largest steel company?

Charles Schwab,  died a pauper.2. The president of the largest gas company?

Edward Hopson,  went insane.
3. The president of the NYSE?
Richard Whitney,  was released from prison
to die at home.4. The greatest wheat speculator?

Arthur Cooger,  died abroad, penniless.5. The president of the Bank of International Settlement?

shot himself.
6 The Great Bear of Wall Street?
Cosabee Livermore,   also committed suicide
However, in that same year, 1923, the PGA Championand the winner of the
most important golf tournament, the US Open, was Gene Sarazen.What became of him?

He played golf until he was 92,  died in 1999 at the age of 95.
He was financially secure at the time of his death.

The Moral:The hell with work.
Play golf.

Now, I don’t play a lot of golf myself but this made me smile.
A nice reminder to not take ourselves or our work too seriously!
Have a great week,
Best Regards,
ps – thanks to my dad for sending this to me.  Golf nut that he is…