Archives for October 2010

Influencing Lives

Starfish

Starfish on the beach

A father and his little girl were walking along a beach together one day, enjoying each other’s company.


At the water’s edge, the sand was covered with small starfish who had been washed up in the surf. Unfortunately, they were doomed to dry out and perish in the heat of the glaring sunshine.


“Why are those starfish there, Daddy?” she asked, innocently.


The father explained  the imminent plight of the beautiful sea creatures.


“That’s really sad!” said the little girl.


Without hesitation, the child began to pick up the starfish, one by one and threw them as far as she could back into the sea.


“Why are you doing that, honey?” asked the Dad.


“I’m trying to give them another chance to live, Daddy.” answered the girl.


“But honey..” he said, “There’s too many of them to save. You can’t possibly make a difference.”


She turned to her father with a smile as she threw another into the surf,


“Well it sure made a difference to that one!”


Tony InmanThe moral of the story: Sometimes it seems like we are wasting our time and trying to turn back the tides of life’s challenges.

Nevertheless, each one of us can make a difference, in our own special way, just by doing what we can. We can touch peoples’ lives in what might be a small way to us, but it could make a big difference to them.

Call a friend today, or write a short email. They’ll be glad that you did.”


Maybe the chance to improve your lifestyle by taking some memorable holidays would make a difference to you.

If so, please check out my other site at www.bucketlistholidays.com

Or maybe you’d like to make an extra income?

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Until the next time…enjoy life to the max, and if you can spread a little sunshine, why not?

It Is Not The Critic Who Counts…


theodore-roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt


“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Theodore Roosevelt
26th President of the United States

Now it’s a well-known fact that he only figured this out because he took lots of holidays, and you can too!

Check out my site at www.bucketlistholidays.com for some amazing vacations around the world!

A Reason To Do Things Differently


Dog in Kennel

The dog stayed in his kennel


One fine sunny day a traveller was walking down a dusty road past a farm by an old country town.


Suddenly he heard a terrible howling noise. He looked around but couldn’t see where it was coming from, so he kept walking.


Further down the lane  he came to a gate at the farm entrance, where he could now see the farmouse. In front of the house he could see a large kennel with a massive dog’s head and two large paws sticking out from the front.


He saw the farmer working nearby and waved hello. The farmer smiled and waved back.


Suddenly the awful howling noise struck up again. The traveller realised that it was coming from that dog in the kennel.


“Hi there, Sir.” he shouted to the farmer.


“Lovely day, ain’t it!” responded the local.


“Excuse me Sir, but is that your dog making that terrible noise?”


The dog let out a bloodcurdling howl once more.


“Sure is.” answered the farmer. old farmer


“Well, is he in pain or something. It surely sounds like he is.”


The farmer stopped what he was doing and sauntered over to shake hands with the traveller.


“Yes, my friend I’m afraid he is. I’ve been meaning to fix it, but there’s a nail in that there kennel, that’s sticking out ya see. Every time he sits down in that there kennel, he sits on that there nail and it’s a real pain in the butt for the critter”


The traveller was shocked and he said, “Well surely he must know what’s causing it then, so if he knows it’s a pain in the butt, why doesn’t he move, or sit somewhere else or do something different?”


“Well, my friend”, continued the farmer, “It’s really quite simple.”

“That dog’s been around folks so long, he’s practically human. He’s just like us really. You see the nail hurts just enough to give the big fella something to whimper and whine about – it just don’t hurt quite badly enough for him to actually do anything different!”

*****


Tony Inman flying

Tony's View



The moral of the story: If something in your life is giving you a pain in the butt, and it’s something about which you have the power to create a change, stop whingeing or feeling sorry for yourself and take action!


If you think you can, you can! Do it now!


So often in our lives, we act just like that dog in his kennel. We whimper and whine to anyone who’ll listen to our terrible problems, but in reality, if we just got off our butts and out of our comfort zone, we can take back the power to change our own lives, to create our own destiny.


Some of the main excuses people give is that they are too old, too tired, and too broke.


That’s just baloney! You’re never too old. I’ve been running a City to Surf 12 km run, thinking I’m doing all right for an old middle-aged git. Then I look around and see someone about 90 overtaking me!


Tiredness? We all feel that in today’s hectic world, but it’s amazing how when you set your mind on achieving something and start to take action, the tiredness disappears! I’ve played sports and there were days when I didn’t feel like training. I was too tired from work. I also found that when I kicked my own butt out through the front door and went training, I came home feeling fantastic!


Too broke? Who isn’t? Whose fault is that though? – Yours or everyone else’s? If you look for ways of saving money or making extra money, both of which help achieve the same goal, then I reckon there’s a pretty good chance you’d enjoy the opportunities I came across recently.

Check out this site for ways of saving money on great vacations, staying in 5 star places at as low as 1 star prices…

www.bucketlistholidays.com

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If you’ve been howling and whimpering, you’ve probably been ‘barking up the wrong tree!’. Contact me for ideas on how you can make things change.

Meanwhile, don’t forget to “Make Good Things Happen!”



The Shoe Salesman in Africa

 

A Shoe Salesman in Africa

The Shoe Salesman in Africa

It’s all about perspective…

There’s a timeless story about a shoe salesman, whose Company one day decided to give him a new opportunity. They sent him to Africa to launch their new product range.

He was very excited to have been chosen for such a promotion, but within a week of arrival, he was on the phone to his boss back home, sounding very dejected and disheartened,

“Boss, I’m sorry, but you may as well bring me back home. This is a complete waste of my time and the Company’s money. No-one wears shoes in Africa!”

The boss agreed to let him come home, as he didn’t want unhappy staff.

He decided however, to give another of his salesman a try instead.

Within a week, the second shoe salesman was on the phone to his boss, barely able to contain his excitement!

“Boss, this is amazing! Quick – send me more shoes! Give me everything you’ve got – no-one wears shoes in Africa!

Tony Inman Tony’s View:

The moral of the story is that we can all choose how we look at things in life. Some of us get bogged down in the problems and the obstacles. The go-getters see only the opportunity and the prize. It’s never too late to change your personal filters!

 

 

On a positive ‘foonote’, whilst looking for a photo for this post, I found a heartening story from Shannon Cook of CNN:

 

 

Blake Mycoskie asks "What's afoot?"

Blake Mycoskie asks “What’s afoot?”

 

 

Step into Blake Mycoskie’s shoes for a day, and you might wind up feeling enlightened. Not just because the shoes he wears are incredibly lightweight, but because they transport him to regions of the globe where footwear is a rare, precious commodity.

 

So what are these magical slippers? They’re called TOMS, and they’re the foundation of Mycoskie’s one-for-one business principle: for every pair of TOMS sold, the 32-year-old gives a pair to a child in need.

The idea came to Mycoskie — who calls himself a “serial entrepreneur” whose first company was a laundry business he started in college — while he was vacationing in Argentina. He says he was overwhelmed by the sight of children living without shoes. But instead of simply starting a charity, he decided he could better serve by launching a for-profit business.

 

Tony’s Take-away: Look at ways of helping others and you will simultaneously help yourself.

The 15 Steps to Create Lasting Change For The Better


Study Success Principles

Study Success Principles



1. Stop and Think about What You Really Want

2. Re-assess Your Current Plan – is it Working?

3. Write Down Your Lifetime Dreams, Your ‘Bucket List’

4. Break it Down into Manageable Goals

5. Put a Deadline on all of them

6. Seek Out Mentors and People Who Know How To Do It




Middle aged people jogging

It's Never Too Late To Start



7. Start a New Fitness Campaign to Create Energy

8. Be Brave and Start Now -Don’t Procrastinate!

9. Refer to Your Written Plan Often

10. Never Give Up and Don’t Listen to Negative People

11. Do What You Need To Do To Stay Positive– Read and Listen

12. Focus on Being the Best You, You Can Be




A change of scene perhaps?

A change of scene perhaps?



13. Set Targets and Reward Yourself for Achieving Your Goals

14. Enjoy the Journey – Keep a Record of Your Successes

15. Start Living Your Dream Life

My plan is to use this site to help some people out there in some way, (maybe even you), to think about your life and what it is you want.

I hope that some of the ideas and some of the stories on here may perhaps inspire you to pursue your dreams.

I wish you the best of luck – but don’t forget, if you focus on what you want, you can make your own luck!


As my daughter, Kim likes to say, “Seize the day!”


If you found this information helpful, please tell your friends and don’t forget to bookmark this site and visit us again.

Are You Living Your Dream?



Are you frustrated?

Dream Life or Nightmare?


Is your life going the way you would like? Today’s hi-tech world can be so crazy that we often forget about the things we really wanted to do in life, the people with whom we want to spend our time, the places we want to see and the adventures we’d like to have.


If you keep doing the same stuff you’ve always done, guess what? You’ll get the same results you always have!

As far as I know, we all get a limited time on this Earth, so if you want to realise some of those dreams and goals that you’ve been too busy to do, or too unfit, or too old, or too young – whatever the story; then it’s time to stop and think!


I’m no different to you, but one thing I have found is that in order to make a dream come true, you must have a dream in the first place. There is, however, another crucial element to this equation for success – you must act.

My plan is to use this site to help some people out there in some way, (maybe even you), to think about your life and what it is you want. I hope that some of the ideas and some of the stories on here may perhaps inspire you to pursue your dreams.

Take some time to stop and reflect on your dreamsPerhaps you need a good holiday, so you can take some time to reflect on where you are heading.

This might be of help – one of my associated businesses is currently offering some amazing vacation specials to Bali and Thailand.

Check it out at www.holidayspecialsbali.com

If that still doesn’t help, you could check this one out – it’s a Vacation Club that offers fantastic deals for members to awesome resorts all over the world.

See www.bucketlistholidays.com

If you’re wondering how you can make extra money to afford these holidays, well keep visiting this site. I’m going to pass on some ideas.

I wish you the best of luck – but don’t forget, if you focus on what you want, you can make your own luck!

As my daughter, Kim likes to say, “Seize the day!”