Thursday, June 21, 2018

Is it time to change gear?






Yesterday I was challenged by a friend to look at what I have been doing over the last few years - the Business Seminars Australia business... and she said - why do you keep doing it? And my lame answer was "I need $x to maintain the lifestyle " and she said "why"
So let's address the "why" of what you do..
1 You are good at it: That is why I have been one of the world's best direct marketer since 1975 - I have been always doing it and getting better - something new changed all my metrics yesterday except my enjoyment of doing it..
2. What if the new thing doesn't work? Again some advice from a friend said - if it doesn't work who would know??
3. Not having faith in the process - I gave someone advice about "Do enough" to get the result. My old saying "Activity gets results - not necessarily from the activity" and then proceed to say you won't know if it works unless you give it a try 20 times... "the first no doesn't mean the next 19 will say no!" earlier
So, the time has come to try that new thing - and the best way is to stop doing the old thing... which I did earlier today! [ now to let the world know too!]

#WayneMansfield #Rebootology #SMM2018 #BusinessSeminarsAustralia

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The world is changing!



I often think of what my grandmother would think about 2018 - she passed when I was about 12 [ 1964'ish ] of old age. [ she was middle 60's but times were tough then.]
Then I think about stuff that was that isn't from my lifetime... The last of the Boeing 747's has just been retired - once the queen of the skies... and Airbus can't lease out second hand A380's so they are being parked in the desert..
Do you remember when you would take a day and half and three changes of plane to go from Australia to London - well the new jets do it none stop [ 17 hours ] and don't need to stop in Singapore, Dubai or Doha... what will happen to hub airports??
The current 1st world problem in Australia is that the FIFA World Cup is not streaming properly for Optus - what about live satellite feeds of just a few years ago - I remember watching The Beatles perform "All You need is Love" for the world's first live telecast that the world could see. [ And last December going to Brisbane to see 75 year old Paul McCartney perform live for 50 k "oldies" I felt I was the youngest true fan at 66.
So what is Rebootology?? What should we do now that everything has changed?? You have been in business for 30 years and you don't see what you do as work?? What now??
Join me on the journey of making the next 25 years meaningful. That is 100 90 day periods or 100 seasons of life...
Are you in?? Let me know in the comments.
[ I am learning how to make this monster Facebook work better ]

#WayneMansfield #Rebootology #SMM2018 #AirbusA380

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Play the Matrix BOOK REVIEW [ Audio ]


This is an audio book about creating your future and if you recognise the name - Mike Dooley - he is featured in The Secret.
Points of Interest:
audio book - I subscribe to Audible and used this months credit - else wise wouldn't have probably listened to this.
Playing the Matrix is mention by Dickie Armour in his Monday Podcast and given credit by Dickie for allowing him to change direction.
Bernard Kelly suggested I look for inspiration from what I like doing.
The audio book comes with [ as do other books ] downloadable pdf sheets which I have done.
Basic Idea:
You can dream a different out come if you understand the Matrix.
The material is interesting enough for me to listen again - it reminds me of Wallace Wattle's The Science of Getting Rich which is the platform for the work of Croz Crossley.
My recommendation:
Play the Matrix is worth the effort to read [ listen ]
Rating at this stage 4 / 4 .

Monday, June 11, 2018

Change it is a constant




The latest news on the demise of retails here in Perth Western Australia says that 20 plus year old Kambo's retail store has shut the doors of its nearly a dozen stores - it has succumbed to "soft" trading conditions and it blames [ obviously ] the internet.
Yet if you were to visit the Apple Store [ yes a real life in high rent area store ] in any major retails area in the world it will be packed with people buying HIGH priced APPLE products which independent research shows are as good as the competition.
My simple question is why?? Apple is a modern store where any staff member is empowered to fix, refund or make happy the client... and young staff are labelled GENIUS's and they act like GENIUSs... maybe a message for someone??
Turn up unexpectedly and you are greeted with "Do you have an appointment " No appointment no service
Those of us with old attitudes [ me included originally ] push back against this but eventually we accept that an appointed time means we get undivided attention and 95/100 a fix that wows... on a less than perfect product - shouldn't it have worked AT FIRST!
So, I am taking time to review my business model that has stopped performing optimally after 18 years and rather than blame conditions politicians or competitors [ the internet ] I am looking to reinvent myself.

#WayneMansfield #BusinessSeminarsAustralia #EddiePeters #SMM2018 #BusinessSeminarsAustralia #SethGodin #Croz #Apple

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Where to now??



The last few days I have been creating a list of 100 ways to reinvent myself and my business. One recurring theme is that I should create a MasterMind day like Jayson Gainard's Mastermind Talks.
So I am seriously putting my efforts into creating this event. It will be in Sydney either later this year 2018 or early next 2019 and the first speaker and mentor will be Justin Herald.
The thumbnail plan is for a maximum of 150 people and for it to take 2 days... being fully catered and curated - like a musical chairs - after each session you are in a different group so by the end of the two days you have met and spoken to everyone there.
At this stage I am looking for suggestions of challenging speakres and anything else you think would be of interest.
let me know here or at wayne.mansfiled[@]272mail.com
#WayneMansfield #BusinessSeminarsAustralia

#WayneMansfield #BusinessSeminarsAustralia #EddiePeters #SMM2018 #BusinessSeminarsAustralia #SethGodin #Croz

Friday, June 08, 2018

Think Happy Thoughts




The Dip
Apparently that is, according to Seth Godin" the time just before the break through - when most people give up! So, I am looking for inspiration to get through the dip... certainly the weather in Perth isn't helping.
The city with the most sunny days in nearly the WHOLE world has more rain than London - it just comes in less days when, like yesterday, it belts down.
Enough Wayne get thinking happy thoughts.

#WayneMansfield #BusinessSeminarsAustralia #EddiePeters #SMM2018 #BusinessSeminarsAustralia #SethGodin #Croz

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Change: Sometimes it can't be stopped!

I made some hard decisions yesterday - you will have probably read them in my post on Insanity: Doing the same thing and expecting a different out come.

Today I was listening to one of my mentors [ virtual ] Seth Godin and he announced after 16 years he had changed his platform for his blog... after 16 years of daily writing on typepad. So I am in esteemed company.

The reaction to my changes was varied... some people sent my notes of encouragement and other sent notes of derision... I suppose that was to be expected and I probably postponed the decision to change my modus operandi because of the supposed negative response and the feeling of failure.

However, I am renewing my commitment to sharing ideas with you every day - at least 5 times a week and usually 7 with travel or and holidays the only reason I might miss. I have shared messages nearly 1,500 times so far... for over 500,000 views so I have a fairly good platform to continue from.

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Quote: Insanity defined



Insanity!
Today as I finish my coffee I am reminded of the quote attributed to Einstein:
Insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
So, today marks the day to change...

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Book Review: ON POWER by Gene Simmonds





Should I be surprised?? I have been enjoying the thought provoking words of Kiss front man Haim Witz [ yes that WAS his birth name ] when I have come to a part that seems to offend my sense of fair and reasonable... should I continue reading or put the book down [ I will finish it but for my reasons I am wondering what yours would be?

Sunday, June 03, 2018

What's in a name?



What's in a name??
I am reading a book on personal Power by Haim Witz!! Hang on for a moment and I will tell you who you might know him as... but first there will be millions of babies called Harry or Meghan in the next few years as parents [ usually mothers ] name their new babies after famous people as if that will propel them to fame.
But back to my Book called ON POWER My journey r=through the CORRIDORS of POWER and how you can get MORE Power by Gene Simmons [ that one from KISS ]
Born in Israel in 1949 just after the second world war and immigrated to the US by the age of 5... and he tells how and why he changed his name first to that of his mothers maiden name KLEIN after his father abandoned them to then Gene after his favourite western TV show [ Bat Masterson starring Gene Barry ] and finally morphing into Gene Simmons of Kiss - now worth north of $100 million and the master of self promotion.
In the telling of choosing his name Gene goes through how you need a POWER name to have POWER bestowed on you - anyone know Larry KIing's real name??
And the giving of Power names to babies doesn't work because they are often the parents dreams - not the babies... want more from life - ever thought of changing your name.
Got those thoughts running... A friend of mine changed his life by ditching hid given name and becoming his alter ego.
Worth a thought.

#WayneMansfield #SMM2018

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Holiday Inn Prove all hotels are bastards!




I have been had a couple of times after giving my credit card details to hotels... so much so I cause scenes at reception when they take my card away to record details.
In a weak moment [ totally my fault ] I gave my card to the function staff at the Holiday Inn Perth to pay for a function [ March 2018 ] - she said I need to run this on functions machine I will be back... and 3 minutes later I got my card back and the receipt.
Early May 2018 a charge appeared on my card for my April event which I had a Invoice for - I got really angry spoke to the manager and he said they would reverse it but as I owed the money I said keep the $$$'s but confirm you have destroyed the card details so it can't happen again... I duly got the email saying "Details destroyed and removed from our system "
I had a function there on May 13th and yesterday I got an email saying the $500 was due would I please pay by end of month [ today ] and then on my Bank statement appeared the amount as a "Pre- Authorisation" against the card they "didn't have details for"
I would say that is fraud!! Some people would say it is karma - I do play a hard game but when you let people have your card details expect someone to abuse that trust...
So, you have been warned... doesn't matter which hotel you deal with DON'T let you card out of your sight. And demand they destroy details as you watch.
Holiday Inn offer great service [ that's why I have used them ] but staff are treated like slaves so they mistreat the customers!

Monday, May 28, 2018

The eagles are flying

I am a chicken.... I had to wait until AFTER the game to check the scores of my favourite football team - the West Coast Eagles. They were playing the Hawks - Hawthorn and hadn't beaten them away from Perth in 11 matches... so even though they were going great 8 and 1 a win was problematic.
Why would I start my thouhts with a boring football story?
I had reason to find and then email the President of Hathorn Jeff Kennett on Sunday during the last quarter and after the game... and he answered and discussed my questions... that is commitment to the cause we were talking about.
Why would he??
The first thing is a got the introduction from someone with a connection to him - I am after all an unknown from Perth and he is the Ex Premier of Victoria, Media owner, President of one of the most successful Sporting Teams in Australia etc etc etc... and maybe the reason is he is committed to talking to people. The value of networking I would suggest.
[ it took three links to get to him on favourable terms but once their I felt important and isn't that what it is about? ]
Take away: Nurture those networks people.
The second thing is the subject Beyond Blue is close yo his heart - and he is still committed to the cause even after he has passed the reins on to someone else [ I think the new boss is Julia G ]
So thanks Jeff and of course Max who arranged the intro and Raz who suggested Steve and Steve who said talk to Jeff... the power of the network.

#WayneMansfield #HondaShop #Hawthorn #Eagles

Monday, May 21, 2018

The difference a week makes



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Last week John Worsfold was Australia's worst football coach and was consigned to the scrap heap.
This morning I read his team pull off a miracle win - and John is back being a genius... and it was after all the players who were at fault.
Life is funny!!
And West Australia has a power crisis... TOO much solar power being feed into the grid - two problems with that - o revenue for the greedy power facility and too much power that they can't sell as they forced the prices too high which got people to instal solar panels [ and the circle goes round and round...]
Oh I forgot these decisions are made by the people we elected to govern us... tut tut serves us right! Not a problem where the sun doesn't shine 300 plus days a year.
My question:
When do we stop taking advice from people who have less than 5 hours of sunlight for 6 months a year??

Sunday, May 20, 2018

The Obstacle is the Way



The Obstacle is the Way
Just heard an interview with Ryan Holiday by Robert Kiyosaki... and I was reminded about the last couple of days... also Seth Godin's book The Dip. Most people give up due to the obstacles and success lies just beyond.
I had a challenging week of travel - my electric shaver somehow was turned on in the bag - so couldn't shave for 2 days - places to buy a replacement weren't open by the time I start or finish.
Left my laptop bag in the Qantas Lounge when leaving Sydney with 2 days of training to do - the airline found it but to transfer from one city to another said I had to use a courier which wanted $450 NOT to get to me in time to use... had to recreate the presentations...
Then in Melbourne stayed at the hotel I have stayed at for 20 plus times - new reception wanted extra $$$$ bond as I was checking in so late... of course all the other pre-authorisations had eaten up the balance on my cards - tense 30 minutes but creativity meant I got a room to sleep..
A morning walk is the ritual I order on an app so don't need to take my wallet - "Sorry we are experiencing technical difficulties try later " What is that word that you can't say that starts with F
And the wifi doesn't work and the paper is late - the next few days are going to be amazing!!
And I am reminded that the difference between success and obscurity is that successful people learn to eat shit before the lamingtons.
Ahh well it is Sunday... did you watch the wedding.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Where to now?



Recently I was talking with Croz who used some jargon - CMI and I had to ask what it meant... Clear Mental Image.. well last night was impacted by fitful sleep patterns bu on waking the CMI had emerged.
so for the next little while I will concentrate on LICENCING business seminars Australia in its major markets as the ultimate marketing tool for for professional speakers and consultants to self fund the expansion of their influence and business.
What created this search for my CMI ?? Well yesterday I woke to the news that one of my favourite social media appications KLOUT is to be shuttered on May 25th... the new owners don't want to continue and I thought my plans have relied on something I have no control over and now I mist be 100% behind my ideas... I have been playing with licencing for years and have always been distracted. So, today is the start of CMI - Licencing of Business seminars Australia...
Interested?? Let me know in the comments.

Originally published in facebook.com/waynemansfield

Friday, May 04, 2018

Can you trust them... [ politicians I mean ]



A little off my normal thought pattern today I want to comment on politics...

The local member for Perth a young family man is quitting immediately [ forcing a by election ] because he wants to be a dad to his 3 young daughters - more power to him.

The area he represents in our Federal Parliament is Perth which I am sometimes in and sometimes not - the redraw the boundaries every few years and my street is sometimes in and some times out.

It has been a strong Labour seat and whoever they [ Labour ] nominates gets in... in this mornings paper they are saying ex Senator Pratt is red hot favourite to get the gig... now I identified with Hammond [ the retiring guy ] father of three in traditional marriage but no way do I identify with Pratt who is in a modern marriage with a transgender partner.

My question - have we gone too far with what is accepted as modern two party politics??

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Old Dogs New Tricks




Yesterday I was helping a mate do something new... a marketing concept most people wouldn't try... will it work "Who Knows"

Now some context... we are both qualified for Seniors Cards... have been in business since our twenties but haven't got a place in our vocabulary for the R word.

Yet everyday we hear people complaining about change and the attitude of kids.

You can do that or you can just "get on with it!"

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Well that was that!

Wednesday March 14th 2018

Some time ago I promised myself if I thought I had lost it, the Superman ability, I would give up trying to do what I used to do.... I think that time has come.

Things that were easy have become hard, keeping my word regardless of good intention, is becoming harder, and making money the old way has stopped being effective.

Attack my family and all bets are off!

This morning I have just scrapped together the monthly payment for the email server - and have nothing left in the kitty... a situation I promised myself wouldn't happen after I turned 65 - here is is at 66 and I am cleaned out and have an issue that will be all engulfing for the next couple of weeks.

The feeling isn't any less painful than it was when I hit the brick wall 25 years ago or 15 years ago but I don't want to have this feeling again.

Books for weekend reading



Friday, March 16, 2018

The 7 Essentials of why Training is Great!




[1/7] Is staff training worth it?? According to ATD training can lead to 218% increase of income per employee and a 24% increase in profit margin... shouldn't you be investing in your people?
[2/7] The national Centre of Educational Quality of the Workforce says training gives a better increase in productivity [ 10% ] than upgrade equipment [ 3.4% ]
[3/7] Research says if you don't train NEW employees 40% will leave within the first year!
[4/7] 70% of staff say they stay longer when they get job specific training...
[5/7] How do employees feel about NO Training... 74% felt that they weren't achieving their full potential at work.
[6/7] When employees feel you care by providing training they are more engaged - a Dale Carnegie survey says engage employees out perform other by 202%
[7/7] Surprise surprise Millennials say [ a whopping 87%] say developing new vocational skills is significant to them.

The 7 Essentials of why Training is Great!
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leading the field since 1975!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Who would know?


What's in a word?
For years I have been mistakenly telling people that the word AIR in AIRBNB was because there was an app... but I have just finished listening to part 1 of the Tim Ferriss podcast with co-founder Joe Gebbia where he says it refers to an AIR mattress from the first version of the the service. I will have to chage my advice...
In that podcast Joe talks about a formula which helped his cold calling:
SW² + SW = MO
or some will care and some won't so what just Move On
So today things that have been waiting for action will be done...


Years ago an associate said to me "Why don't you do it?" and I replied " It might not work." and they said "Who would know?"

Friday, March 09, 2018

Turn Autumn Centres into start up incubators!




Here's an idea...
Turn Autumn Centres [ places for Seniors ] into start up incubators!
I was listening to Gary Vee going on about the ideas being presented to Venture Capitalists as the Next Uber for [ pancakes etc ] and he said a trend that will emerge will be retirees who have seen stuff being done wrong for 25 years who rather than vegetate would love to try and see if it were possible to fix the issue.
Gary further commented that these companies probably wouldn't be UNICORNS [ quickly worth $1 billion ] but rather one that grow to $5 or $10 million turnovers...
It got me thinking and I think it is a spectacular idea with people living longer - having their retirement years already funded and being able to devote as little or as much to the idea...
What do you think?

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Egg Seller

How much an egg??

This morning I read a post by my sister Lurline Cocivera:

It included this parable:

'My father used to buy simple goods from poor people at high prices, even though he did not need them. Sometimes he even used to pay extra for them. I got concerned by this act and asked him why does he do so? Then my father replied, "It is a charity wrapped with dignity, my child”

And I thought, I should do that more often.

Monday, January 29, 2018

A third, a third, and a third

Woman in Gold
I was infuriated by a fellow traveller on Australia Day. For the opinion and probably because it seemed to me this person was a teacher - polluting our young peoples minds...
It was about the "invasion" day crap - I think about the fact that a majority of the arrivals on January 26th 1788 - most were white slaves - we call them convicts - incarcerated for "crimes" that today wouldn't even attract an "on the spot" fine... And I wonder if we should have a national apology to them?
But the particular thing that annoyed me was a sated preference to the original land title system in Australia before Cook's arrival to colonise Australia - common wealth - what's mine is yours.
I asked, seriously, would they mind if I and 20 others can to live with them without paying our way - "Oh you are changing the argument " they said...
Here is how James Rickards talks about what it takes to preserve wealth over centuries
The frequent reply is "a third, a third, and a third."
"Yet as one goes abroad, there is an even older kind of money, true dynastic wealth that has existed in some families for 300 years or longer. This type of wealth has survived not only business cycles but also war, invasion, the collapse of empires, revolution, and natural disaster. In order for family wealth to persist through so many centuries and through such adversity, something more is needed than ordinary investment skill. This rare kind of success in wealth preservation requires a longer view, infused with a sense of history and a keen appreciation for worst-case scenarios that too frequently become real.
When one inquires of family members and representatives as to what it takes to preserve wealth over centuries and not just cycles, the frequent reply is "a third, a third, and a third." This is shorthand for dividing one's wealth into one-third land, one-third gold, and one-third fine art. Obviously some liquidity is needed for day-to-day expenses and some room can be made for a speculative portfolio, but the basic idea that land, gold, and art outlast and outperform riskier assets such as stocks, bonds, and cash seems sound when viewed from the perspective of centuries and not just years or decades."
What about the Nazi's their shrill reply??
When in Vienna recently we were exposed to the Gold Lady - the repatriation of a painting to the heirs of a family who lost their wealth in the Second World War - I think someone paid $140 million to that heir for the painting - and wealth was restored!

Speak up or we will end up in a socialist system - what is the saying "The worst thing about Capitalism is that is was named by a socialist - Karl Marx.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Enough already

The Popular Australian National Anthem

It's time [ and I am old enough ] to say - enough is enough - about stuff that is rammed down our throats by the politically correct police.

What am I talking about?? In a group of 10 fellow proud Aussies on Australia Day a mixture of Italian and Croation immigrants, a Yorshire couple and me, a 5th generation West Australian, I voiced the opinion that I hoped that the movement to make Invasion Day the replacement for Australia Day wouldn't catch on.

I was shouted down, and kneed by "she who knows better" to keep quiet, and told that even though we have an elected Government, Democracy is a flawed system and it doesn't matter if most people don't want something, if a loud enough group shouts loud enough we should accept there views - does this sound like Same Sex Marriage advocates [?] we should make sure nobody has any grievance... and I am sure these views will be feed to young minds in school... like Safe Schools Anti Bully Nonsense... until, our weak kneed politicians, to shut up the shouting, will give in, have a National conversation, and then claim credit for a "progressive" point of view and change what ails the "down trodden"

It reminds me of the saying "Life was meant to be fair!" so get used to it.

Forever, we have had the GOLDEN RULES - the persona with the gold makes the RULES [ even I have had to change that from the man to the person ]

I used to think Ayn Rand's writing were science fiction but they are really were accurate predictions of social change - where was that country they went to to start again??

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Elton John to retire


Elton john to retire??
Nothing too radical about that but did you [ certainly I did ] think his hard living, drugs and other vices... would have claimed him much younger??
Neil Diamond has succumbed to ill health but Paul McCartney was amazing in concert when I went to see him in December.
All that advice about hard living seems to have been wrong!! Hell what keeps Keith Richards going??
Nothing too radical about that but did you [ certainly I did ] think his hard living, drugs and other vices... would have claimed him much younger??
Neil Diamond has succumbed to ill health but Paul McCartney was amazing in concert when I went to see him in December.
All that advice about hard living seems to have been wrong!! Hell what keeps Keith Richards going??

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Not ready yet for God's waiting room

Perfect Waves at Margaret River

Mmmm do you like birthdays?? Today I am 66... and when I was younger and until my twenties people in their 60's died of over work and old age - usually some horrible illness or a really bad flu got them. Here I am fit - 10 kms a day, healthy - I don't have a "doctor" no need apart from annual skin cancer removals [ beach in the sun as a kid ] and whilst wealthy is a stretch we are planning a Mediterranean cruise this year based on where it goes not how much it costs. So what gets people who live longer is that the body out lasts the mind... shit I hope that isn't me.
So, today is just another notch on the belt and I am still planning my next 100 ninety day projects [ that's 25 years for you non mathies ]
Grace and Frankie have a phone that only rings to announce an funeral - haven't got there yet but maybe I should consider prepaying my cremation expenses - they say costs of dying always go up but apparently the internet has ignited a price war in the UK Mmmm just another thing to have to decide about.
Terry and Elizabeth Parsons are going to put my ashes in their caravan and them spread them [ my ashes ] into the sea at Margaret River...
I just checked and I am still breathing..

Thanks for all the birthday wishes... I will be here for 67th!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Why didn't I think of that!

That's a thought!
Many random thoughts from the last month:
The new business model for knowledge workers - give away ideas charge for implementation!
"People get paid when they build a sophisticated product [ Facebook?] and then create a services ecosystem"
Exit interview " I think you would be happier working elsewhere"

and Life advice:
"The is nothing to be gained by being boring, plain and beige, and trying to please everyone"

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Are you guilty of streaming infidelity

Jane Fond ageing well?!
Jane Fonda makes me feel WOW !!
And after binge watching of Grace and Franki I am all in favour of "work" if she has had some!

So what did I want to say about this Netflix special... after episode 1 of series 4 or 5 Joanne commented there can't be enough for another 11 episodes... but was she wrong.

I think we have touched on gay marriage, sisters estranged, cancer, husbands dying, orangutans escaping, runny eggs, loneliness, sex reveal baby showers, knee surgery, younger men as lovers, mixed race adoption, hippies in Arizona, drunk driving of mobility scooters, tiny houses [ can we do this in my car - it has more room ] weird names Coyote in preference to a Normal name, the spirit world, dementia, elderly gay couple counselling, open gay marriages, and we still have a few episodes to fo - and the new social evil of binge watching without your watching partner [ what's the name for that - yes that's it - streaming infidelity - oh Joanne was so wrong...

What is your favourite new social challenge?

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Concentrate on what you are good at..

Paddle where I point!
Concentrate on what you are good at... ignore your weaknesses!
This morning I was listening to my daily podcast and I was fired up by the MFCEO talk... yes it does mean that!
It was about "Are you a hate to lose or a love to win!" type of person.

The story to reinforce the point was a down the rapids white water raft adventure... the group people thought the water was too rough - there had been a few days of drenching rain. So, it was decided that thry would wait until another day all except one "Old " guy who took control... here was his instructions... watch where I point and paddle as hard as you can towards there - I promise I won't point to rocks and in 30 years I have never not had a success boat trip..

Point of story - focus on what you want, NOT what you fear... focus on your strengths not your weaknesses... get really good at what you are good at and let someone else do the stuff you are not good at.

Want the tallest building... don't try and know down the other buildings, just build your taller!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Why do you contract to get a saving!!

The symbol of what is wrong with BIG Business


Mmmm... I got this bill from Telstra. "We are doing great things making your plan UNLIMITED... but I am paying for the top plan so I think why don't you give me a better monthly rate?? Reasonable question don't you think??

Anyway I am told I can get a better plan "totally unlimited " everything, and you save $50 a month... so I say yes BUT you have to contract for 24 more months.... no issue because I have been with Telstra for 42 years!!

But you have a "silent number" that is $3 a month NOT to list our number and we have to record this as a contract and owe we will list all your private details and do a credit check and .... and at that point I say STOP... why can't you just reduce the bill by $47 a month " We can't do that Sir... we can only change your plan if you have a new contract" and to do that you give up all sorts of things.

What should I have done... I am going to try again today and see if I get someone with commonsense and who will just change the plan... maybe but I am a patient person.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Well Sherlock who would have thought Wendy a Spy?

Wendy and Rupert - sly old dog


No shit - Wendy Deng is a spy!!
I remember my mum [ pretty sure it was her ] saying "There is no fool like an old fool " ] and thinking that when a few years ago filthy rich Rupert Murdoch married super model [ Chinese ] Wendy Deng. It was speculated it had to do with News Corporation expanding to China but the boys [ Rupert's ] started to kick up when the new daughter needed to be written into the inheritance plans... and I thought "Not bad work if you can get it Wendy"
Press scuttle butt says Tony Blair fell for the charms of Wendy and now the US press is in a frenzy, Wendy is being investigated as a Chinese spy - apparently Chinese diplomats have been whispering about Wendy for a while - OPEN SCERET I think the term is.
And this morning, Rupert is off to hospital after falling and hurting his back whilst on a sons Yacht [ or floating hotel ].
And I think Rupert is approaching 90 so there must be life in the old dog yet!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

What was Niccolò Machiavelli on about?? Of yes BLOCKCHAIN

The future of Money?
What is The Machiavellian General Problem?
Machiavellianism is "the employment of cunning and duplicity in statecraft or in general conduct" Basically you have to deal with everyone looking out for themselves rather than the common good, but not knowing what everyone thinks.

So, where did this challenging thought come from?? I am reading The Complete Dummies Guide for Blockchain. And to explain how nobody trusts anyone, the proof to make cryptocurrency work is the Blockchain - make it so hard to cheat that everyone plays by the same rules.
And this is done using Prime Numbers in calculations to prove an answer.... And if that is as clear as mud, this is what Blockchain mining is all about. Got it?? Well don't worry I am struggling too but it understand things like Bitcoin, Ripple and Ethereum you need to have a basic understanding of this stuff.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Winner writes history

Australia Day flag raising...



Thought for Today 88/500
I thought the winners wrote history... so I say leave Australia Day on January 26th, the day Cook raised the Union Jack at Botany Bay.
mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Will you starve or thrive

Michelangelo was RICH when he was alive!


To starve or thrive - it is only a choice!
Lots of stuff we just accept - like to be a great artist we need to go through pain... to starve and somehow the pain helps the art. We have been known [ I admit to this ] look down on successful artists like Ken Done and all his millions, However, I didn't begrudge Paul McCartney all those millions when I went to one of the 100 One on One shows of his world tour. It somehow is OK that he is rich become imagination.

So I am posing to you that artists deserve to thrive when they are making there art... Walt Disney is recorded as saying he didn't make films to make money but rather he made money so he could make films. [ Did you know the first truly BIG flow of cash came from the sale of Mickey Mouse watches.]

Also, Michelangelo was rich in his life time. Some say he was worth $50 million or more... and he was known to own multiple homes.

So here is to thriving... want to be part of Just 17 MasterMind let me know by commenting "Just17"

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Fallen Heroes



Thought for Today 87/500
Fallen heroes?

A few years ago I was in the UK when the "news" broke about Rolf Harris... and I had trouble believing it because he was a childhood hero - he actually stayed with our family in Margaret River when he was a star on Channel 7 Perth... it turns out his justification for his behaviour was "everyone was doing it!"

And I have watched every episode and a few a few times of Dr Blake's Mysteries [ along with more than 1.5 million other Australians ] and the fall from grace of Craig McLaughlin seems complete and with it maybe Dr Blake... why has he been like this for so long??

It seems we put up with poor behaviour from anyone who "does it" chair sniffing Troy and George and we turn a blind eye...

I was soundly frowned on when I asked a young person politely to take his shoes off the chair at Macca's recently - not by the young guy who apologised - but my mature age companion who gave me the eye...

What are your defended boundaries??

Friday, January 12, 2018

Childhood memories - some last 60 years



Thought for Today 86/500
Nothing is ever new?? Or that happened before!
When I was about 6 going on 7, my mum decided to give me a birthday party and invite my class 1 friends... but when your birthday falls during the summer holidays most people actually go on holiday so the numbers were scant [ small ]
I am planning a birthday lunch on January 23rd, 2018 for my 66th... and the first 5 replies were - [1] on holiday, [2] in Bali, [3] in Dunsborough, [4] travelling 22nd to 28th, [5] sorry I am in India... the old memories came flooding back. And I remember now why birthday celebrations are problematic for me...