How Do I Become Successful?

So excited that my first book How Do I Become Successful? has been published on Kindle! Thanks so much all you lovely people who insisted I publish, especially Gail in London, Tiffany in Devon, Gail and Dee in Australia and of course my darling David.

Here’s a way to get to read it for nothing… when u buy the book on Amazon, send me your receipt and I’ll send you another copy for nothing for you to give to a friend. We all know that Kindle editions can’t be shared – but this way you can have yours for free and send a new one on to a friend as a present… great for a last minute birthday or hostess gift.

Now, because I hope to see you on the beach I’m not going to be keeping up this blog except VERY infrequently.

You can catch up with me at my Optimising Business blog though, which is where I post most frequently – just click here for my favourite story about your scorpions...

And of course, if you want to get in touch, do so by clicking here.


The Earth Wins

Congrats to our lovely friends Jerry and Sara as well as brother Mike for their latest amazing work, The Earth Wins.

As David always says, it’s not about saving the planet, it’s about the simple commonsense of looking after ourselves and our families. The Earth will always be fine.

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Can you do that which you ask of others?

Gandhi famously said, ”Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

The backstory to this often-quoted and profound line concerns a Mother who brought her son to Gandhi. She was worried for her son’s health because he was overweight and would not stop eating sweets. She asked Gandhi to tell her son to stop eating sweets. Gandhi said to come back in two weeks. She was surprised but complied.

In two weeks’ time, the Mother returned and Gandhi spoke directly to her son, clearly and compellingly asking him to respect himself and his life enough to eat healthy foods and give up sweets and sugar. “Why did I need to come back?” She asked. “Well Madam,” he answered, “I love sugar, pastries and candy. Before I could ask your son to give these things up, I had to know that I could do so myself.”

How amazing that such a famous and inspiring philosophy came about from such a simple thing as a boy’s love of sweets. Yet perhaps that’s the way it is – as Bruce Barton said, “Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things. I am tempted to think there are no little things.”

Each of us can choose how to live – and how to die. Having been out of touch and overseas for some months due to a tragic family bereavement, I have learnt this powerful lesson at first hand.

If you had just a few short weeks left to you, would you choose to live and die with grace, serenity and dignity? Or would you “rage, rage, against the dying of the light”? I was privileged to witness a choice of acceptance, made serenely, gracefully, contentedly, demonstrating such faith and happiness that not a tear was shed.

Inspirational. Thank you, Mum.

Devon’s Business Invest 2012 Campaign Deadline Across the Water in the UK

The deadline for entering Devon’s Business Invest 2012 contest has been extended to the 9th April, so if you’re in business in the UK’s Glorious Devon there’s still time to enter to win £10,000-worth of business-boosting prizes!

I’m looking forward to seeing the entries and the Judging Panel’s responses.

Sunshine Beach – just my favourite place in Australia

The wet season went out in style, with huge tropical rains for several days here at Sunshine Beach.

Now it’s autumn and the days are clear and dry, with gorgeous blue skies and the warm Pacific ocean. The wattle bushes are in flower, to the delight of the lorikeets who love to feed on the blossoms.

The Noosa Farmers’ Market is full of the autumn harvest, including lemons, mandarins, oranges and paw-paw just coming into season.

Worth taking an hour to watch this – happiness is about now not tomorrow

Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch (Oct. 23, 1960 – July 25, 2008) gave his last lecture at the university in 2007 before a packed McConomy Auditorium. Take a look at this moving presentation on “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”. Carpe Diem

Grateful for another new year

Grateful for 2011 and 2012: here’s a ten-minute film that’s worth watching (despite the American accents and wrongly calling a tap a “faucet”). Tip: unless you have super-fast broadband, you might want to let it play through on its own first then click play and it’ll run without buffering. It’ll only take you ten minutes to watch this, that still leaves you with 710 more minutes today.

As Oscar Wilde said, “Life is too important to be taken seriously”. So if you feel like lightening up, here’s a game you might want to play, if you feel like it. It’s fun to do on your own, even better with one or two others…

When you’re remembering all the best parts of 2011, “premember” all the best bits of 2012 to come. Because as you prepare and plan, so that very action begins to bring those activities into being. Of course, you have to take action too. Just as the fish are already in the sea, no-one’s going to put them on your hook unless you go fishing with the right kit. So it is with everything that’s important to you. You have to take action, beginning with the preparation. And the most fun bit of that preparation is to imagine what it will be like.

So “premember” all of the great things that are to come in 2012, just as you remember what’s already been in 2011. “As ye sow, so shall ye reap”: in order to sow, you need to first decide on the seeds then prepare the ground. Going through the gardening catalogue of your future, picking out which seeds to sow, can be really fun. How colourful, scented, delicious, amazing, huge will your 2012 be?

Wishing you a very happy new year and may all the good things that you most wish for yourself and others come to be.

Knowledge is Power, Power is Freedom to be You

Now this is one really cool site – where you can learn what you want for free. The Khan Academy has delivered over 74m lessons for free so far. So lack of knowledge is no longer a reason for lack of progress! No idea as to the quality of the lessons – will be interested to know – although 74m lessons can’t be bad..

Who says you can’t do whatever you most want? Of course you can. So long as what you want fits with the wider reality around you. Sometimes the world has to give us a prompt in order for us to realise what we most want. At least, that’s one good way of viewing obstacles – making lemonade (or a gin and tonic) from life’s lemons, as the wonderful Gail Kelly says.


Happy House

After creating and running Crealy Great Adventure Parks for over two decades, we’ve often talking of building a slide into our home. Check out this wonderful, far-from-normal house in Japan!


“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be” said Abraham Lincoln. Attending the “Happiness and its Causes” conference in Brisbane earlier this year was amazing. I am wondering whether to attend “Mind and its Potential” in Sydney, in November.

The kookaburras are laughing outside the house – every time I hear them I smile too. Isn’t that what all the striving is for – isn’t everything we do just a way to be able to smile more, to laugh more, to be more joyful? Isn’t that life at its utmost?

Hope you are happy today too. If not, this clip attached of a friend of Diamond will make you smile for sure.