Weekly Edge

Can you be the cup?

Heather Frame - Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Can you be the cup?  Bruce Lee famously and eloquently once said:


“Don't get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water.  Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water.  Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot.  Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”  Here was a life cut too short far too early. 


We’ve all met people who were like water before.  They’re people that can step into any workplace setting and find their feet quickly and easily.  They can mix with all different types of people.  They adapt, they become what they need to become to suit the task at hand.


We love the way Bruce Lee also hints at the power and backbone behind water as well “water can flow or it can crash”.  Just because the water can mould itself to its surroundings doesn’t mean it can’t command attention, doesn’t mean it’s weak or can be pushed around.  Anyone who has tried to fight the current in a rough ocean can attest to that.


So, what can we learn from Bruce’s wise words today?


1.      To see the people who are like water around us and look to learn this skill from them


2.      To seek to become more adaptable ourselves (we look forward to becoming a teapot!)


3.      To learn to empty our minds more often


How can you be more like water today?

The difference between school and life

Heather Frame - Wednesday, January 22, 2020

“The difference between school and life?  In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.”  Tom Bodett


How very true!

Roadblock on your road to glory?

Heather Frame - Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Over the years we have had (and continue to have) many people approach us for advice on what to do when they hit roadblocks in their business

Our advice always starts with: EVERY endeavour hits roadblocks.
Some prime examples:

·        the Frisbee took 9 years to “take off” (excuse the pun) – invented in 1948 it wasn’t a hit till 1957

·        Velcro inventor and engineer George de Mestral spent a decade perfecting his invention before he made a sale

·        Karl Elsener invented something you probably have in your home today – a Swiss army knife – but it took him 13 years to find a market for his product and he was bailed out by friends and family several times over 

It’s not the presence of the road block that’s the issue, it’s what how you choose to address it.  

Bruce Lee speaks about being ‘like water’ if water encounters an obstacle it just flows around it.  

How can you flow?  How can you adapt?  What questions do you need to ask yourself to move around your road block?

Your value

Heather Frame - Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Here’s a short story from http://www.indianchild.com/inspiring_stories.htm to remind you of your value.

A well known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill. In the room of 200, he asked, “Who would like this $20 bill?” 

Hands started going up. 

He said, “I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this.” He proceeded to crumple the dollar bill up. 

He then asked, “Who still wants it?” 

Still the hands were up in the air. 

“Well,” he replied, “What if I do this?” And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. 

He picked it up, now all crumpled and dirty. “Now who still wants it?” Still the hands went into the air. 

“My friends, you have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20.   

Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. 

We feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value. You are special – Don’t ever forget it!

What life do you choose?

Heather Frame - Wednesday, January 01, 2020

Happy New Year!

To mark the start of 2020 here’s something to ponder

‘Let others lead small lives, but not you.  Let others argue over small things, but not you.  Let others cry over small hurts, but not you.  Let others leave their future in someone else's hands, but not you.’ Jim Rohn

Here’s to a huge 2020 ahead

Short Funny Christmas Story

Heather Frame - Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Merry Christmas!

We hope you are having a lovely day and in the spirit of Christmas today we share with you a funny and short Christmas story.  Enjoy!

It was only a few days before Christmas and an honest politician, a generous lawyer and Santa Claus all got into a lift at the Crown Casino in Melbourne.

As the lift travelled down to the ground level, one by one they noticed a $50 note ly8ing on the lift’s floor.

Which one picked up the $50 note, and handed it in at reception?

Santa of course, the other two don’t actually exist!

Merry Christmas….. And eight gifts that do not cost a cent

Heather Frame - Wednesday, December 18, 2019

With only eight sleeps to go before the big day here’s wishing you a happy and safe Christmas with your loved ones. 


Plus, here are 8 gift ideas that do not cost a cent


But you must REALLY listen. No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response. Just listening.


Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back and holds. Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends.


Clip cartoons. Share articles and funny stories. Your gift will say, "I love to laugh with you."


It can be a simple "Thanks for the help" note or a full sonnet. A brief, handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime, and may even change a life.


A simple and sincere, "You look great in red," "You did a super job" or "That was a wonderful meal" can make someone's day.


Every day, go out of your way to do something kind.


There are times when we want nothing better than to be left alone. Be sensitive to those times and give the gift of solitude to others.


The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone, really it's not that hard to say, Hello or Thank You.

Are you a leader?

Heather Frame - Wednesday, December 11, 2019

So often we hear business owners doubting their own leadership.  Here’s a quote from John Quincy Adams that we think sums up the qualities of a leader.

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”  John Quincy Adams

Out of Office or Out of Your Mind?

Heather Frame - Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Each week when we send out our e-newsletter we're inundated with replies detailing that people are "out of office". 

Now don't get us wrong, we love a good out of office reply, but we see some shockers here on a weekly basis.

Here's some of our least favourites.

1. The grammatically incorrect / spelled incorrectly reply.  With spell check there's really no excuse.

2. The too brief reply. We got one simply saying "On leave <> - cheers".  There's no space limit on most out of office systems - give a little more. 

3. The reply that only lists a phone contact.  If someone's chosen to email you, please, give them an alternate email contact (it's clearly their preferred method of contact).

4. The expired date.  This one kills us.  Joe is out of the office until 21 June (only it's 27 June now!).  If you're going to put an out of office on - diarise to take it back off again!

5. The no end date.  "I'm out of the office from 4.30pm Thursday".  Until???

Here are some out of offices we've loved:

Greetings and I hope you are well.
Just letting you know that I will be away on leave for the next few weeks and that my dedicated Finance Manager <> will continue to manage all matters during this time.
<> is fully across and briefed on all current and potential client needs so please feel free to call him on <> or email him on <> should you require any assistance.
My fellow Directors <> and <> will also be supporting <> during this time with any new or additional property investment finance or home loan needs.
Thanks for your continued support and I will be in touch on my return.


Hi there,

I trust that you are well!

I am currently on Annual Leave until the 20th July.

I will be clearing my inbox every 3 days.  However, if there is any urgent issue please call my mobile on (mobile number given here)

Take care and we will chat soon!

Many Thanks


As a salesperson I'm away from my desk for much of the day showing properties, dealing with clients and signing contracts.

It's my policy to check emails twice a day, but if you need me more urgently, please feel free to call me on my mobile <>.

I look forward to talking with you soon!

best wishes,

 Will your out of office be forgettable or useful? Embarrassing or memorable? Helpful or painful?

Missing Resources

Heather Frame - Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Here’s a great quote form Zig Ziglar to challenge your thinking

‘All resources are not obvious; great managers find and develop available talent.’