Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Simple acts of generosity

How do we really change things?

It is simple really we can change peoples thinking by simply smiling at them, you may laugh and say how can that work? Here is a practical example I am walking down the street and I smile at someone, in that moment they wonder why I smiled at them and it took their minds away from the mundane or the bad thoughts that may of been occupying their thoughts. Then a little later someone else smiles at them and the same thing happens, they are again distracted and they think twice. The remarkable thing happens the next time someone smiles at them and this is when they start to question why everybody is smiling at them and the change of attitude changes albeit small.

I encourage you to try this, smile and hug if you can and see the difference you can make.

Remember everything is connected, so it is up to us to be generous and the world will continue to change.

So next time smile and know that you have made a big step in changing the world.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011


There are three kinds of people: Those that will not change, those that can change and those that cause change. Your growth depends on your willingness to change.

The great Mahatma Ghandi said that we should "be the change we want to see in the world", and Norman Vincent Peale stated that when "we change our thoughts, we change our world".

There is a proverb that says "a change is as good as a rest", I find that an interesting statement as I always perceived change to be difficult. We need to simplify our thinking, find out what is really important to us, what we really need to change and that will bring us the rest we need.

Image courtesy of Salvatore Vuono at

Friday, 19 August 2011

Think Different

Outstanding people are always different from their peers, the best compliment you can be given is when others say to you that you are different - only those who are different are going to make a difference. I am not saying be weird, but be different and stand out!

John Mason put it so well "You're born an original, don't die a copy", believe me we are so conditioned by our surroundings, that if we do not choose to be different we will be nothing but copies.

Think different, be different and stand out.

I have always been moved by the 'Think Different' Apple computer poster advert and the original version had the following words:

"Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.

The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward.
Maybe they have to be crazy.
How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?
We make tools for these kinds of people.
While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."