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