"Don't part with your dreams - when they are gone you may still exist but you will have ceased to live" - Mark Twain

"Do you know that this blog wouldn't exist if it wasn't for you being here to read it!?" - Bobby Gill

Sunday, 28 September 2008

New laptop - Asus Eee PC 901

My laptop decided it wanted to go to the PC graveyard last week with most of my data and emails! Was the universe conspiring to let me know to slow down and start with a clean slate? And also not to buy the salesman recommended PC but to do my own due diligence next time.

I went in to PC World and they informed me my 1 year warranty on the crappy Advent laptop ran out on the 19th September 2008, a week earlier. Do they design these things with a 1 year self-destruct? The salesman then proceeded to try and sell me another Advent laptop, not likely! I wonder if they have shares in the company.

Chris A. recommended I go to Laptops Direct to get an Asus Eee PC 901. That it would meet my compact, travel and internet needs. Maybe I'll do more frequent and smaller blogs now.

It is a mini laptop with 8.9" screen, bluetooth, wireless, Intel Atom 1.6 GHz processor, 20GB Solid State Drive for higher reliability and quicker performance, built in camera and 6 hour battery life. Along with a 2 year warranty and only weighing 1.1kg! On the move web access has never been easier or in a more compact package. Just have to get used to the small keys or put my fingers on a diet ;-) Get one for your handbag or man bag now!

Now all I need to do is figure out how to get it to talk to my new Samsung Omnia mobile phone.

This blog was written and uploaded using my new laptop... wonderful!

Saturday, 27 September 2008

Life is like a mug of hot chocolate

"A group of graduates, well established in their careers, were talking at a reunion and decided to go visit their old university professor, now retired.
During their visit, the conversation turned to complaints about stress in their work and lives.

Offering his guests hot chocolate, the professor went into the kitchen and returned with a large pot of hot chocolate and an assortment of cups - porcelain, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite - telling them to help themselves to the hot chocolate.

When they all had a cup of hot chocolate in hand, the professor said:
'Notice that all the nice looking, expensive cups were taken, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. The cup that you 're drinking from adds nothing to the quality of the hot chocolate. In most cases it is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink. What all of you really wanted was hot chocolate, not the cup; but you consciously went for the best cups. And then you began eyeing each other's cups.

Now consider this: Life is the hot chocolate; your job, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain life. The cup you have does not define, nor change the quality of life you have.

Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the hot chocolate God has provided us. God makes the hot chocolate, man chooses the cups.

The happiest people don't have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything that they have.

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. And enjoy your hot chocolate!"

Thursday, 25 September 2008

Bob Proctor Cruise, Caribbean - October 2008

Fancy a cruise with Bob and Bobby and co.?

Get yourself on the best party cruise this side of the sun! There are already a bunch of brilliant people and YES members signed up who can't wait to be having fun in the sun. It is a bargain price for the last few cabins and you can get booking details here: www.BobProctorCruise.com

For around £100 a day (including the flight, cruise and food) you can get a full week sailing the Caribbean on a cruise ship with great company, speakers such as Bob Proctor, Mark Victor Hansen, Paul Martinelli, Gerry Roberts and Michael Beckwith to name a few... and us!

Setting sail on October the 18th 2008 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida! Come and join in the fun on the cruise and a day or two in Miami as well ;-) Pirates of The Caribbean here we come, oo-ar me Hearties!

For flights, call my mate Fran at Dialaflight in Manchester on 0161-930-1303 to see what he can do for you.
I usually look online for international flights and then book through him. Friendly, helpful and if you ask for Bobby quality service he'll make sure he looks after you and offers the best deals!

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Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Play To Win: How to be a World Champion!

Play To Win with Clinton Swaine

Is it possible to learn anything whilst playing around? Is it easy to hide in a crowd? Can you go from zero to hero in the space of a weekend? What does it take to be a World Champion? Well find out what happened to Bobby at Play to Win. We are all destined to go places and sometimes life just takes us there no matter how much we try to deny it!
"Do or do not... there is no try." - Jedi Master Yoda

‘Play To Win’ was a 3-day immersive experiential training programme designed to help people grow their business and investments far faster than they ever thought possible before. Unlike most courses and business seminars, where you sit down and take notes, when you join us at ‘Play To Win’ you fully participate in all the different business games and simulations. What that means is you learn faster and the learning stays with you.

Clinton Swaine is the world’s number 1 business games expert. He has a vast following in the US where every year thousands of people attend his Play to Win seminars seeking the golden grail to rapid business growth. In his early days he made a fortune and lost it. It was what he learned from his loss that made him become the success he is today. He was forced to learn the truth about business. He chose to set up a course to pass his newly acquired knowledge to budding entrepreneurs. What Clinton knew was that learning has to be fun. You just learn a whole lot quicker that way.

Clinton’s philosophy is based on the observation that:
"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation" - Plato

My experiences at Play to Win

Now that was a weekend that I did not expect. Play To Win is about experiential games designed to help you learn faster, instead of reading about business techniques and then being sent away with a manual, you actually get to take part and learn as you play.

Some people think it is just about business or do not 'get it', as a fellow HMO property investor commented when he came on the just the second day and didn't come back to finish the course.

Then again I can only speak about my experiences and this is what I thought.

It is not about business but how we show up in business and life. The games are designed to challenge you in areas that you would not normally want to deal with.

For example there was Time To Market where we had to bring a random product to market and do all the marketing. We ended up doing quite well, though not too well as most of us did not want to end up on stage in front of the audience of 300+ people. So much for playing to win! The lessons here were about marketing, creativity and public speaking. And for some of us, not wanting to fail in public! Why do people self-sabotage their lives in order not to succeed? A fear of failure or even success perhaps!?

For the big Survive To Thrive game, many people stood back and let someone else be a manager and those that liked figures became the financial directors, not really challenging for someone by staying in their comfort zone and sticking with numbers. One person's nightmare is another person's dream!
When things didn't go to plan everyone just pointed the fingers at others and said that there was nothing they could do. So much for taking personal responsibility. I just wanted to have our team take over all the others and have one big happy team. World peace and everything or is that just one big superpower? Next time it may be better to just step up, take charge and change the world myself! What we learnt about during this game was vision, collaboration, systems, leadership, context, financial Management.

In Millionaires Market I did a joint venture with Odette and we decided to buy a bigger property versus lots of little ones. You shouldn't go to auctions when there are people bidding emotionally because they just want a house and not basing it on any financial reasoning or yield. Someone asked why we didn't sell at the end of the game. They obviously hadn't learnt that property is a long term game and the rental is still coming in :-) I also figured out afterwards that I could have done a lot more deals if I just offered a deal analysis service to other investors for a share of the deal.

The next team game was Entrepreneurial Empire about Corporate Responsibility, strategic planning, teamwork, systems, vision and financial management. I really screwed up in this one or should I reframe that as I learnt some big lessons!!
Helen T. who had previously played at Billionaire Bootcamp got to go first and pick her 'dream' team, I was honoured to be included as part of it. The idea of the game was to build parts of a company and grow it. My job in the team was to increase distribution and help out other members of the team where and when I could. We also had to build rapport with the crew, which is always easy when you care, though more challenging when they are acting as if they don't! It took some doing just to get a smile out of them, though bribery helped... I think many of the crew probably worked for their local councils!
Then came the time to fire someone on the team. I volunteered to leave and said there would be no hard feelings. The fired members had to go on stage and it was the worst feeling ever... even though I said no hard feelings and voluntarily left, it wasn't a pleasant experience. We were then picked to go on other teams and thankfully Rupen S. picked me first to be on his team and the first thing he asked was "why were you sacked?" Not a nice way to start at a new job!

At the end of the game Helen's team won. I went up on stage with them and foolishly asked Clinton if it was OK. He said NO! Cool, being sacked and rejected, so much for helping people win and being appreciated. The consolation prize? I shared in the prize money (being an original shareholder) but where was the acknowledgement in that!? Maybe if I had made it just about the money then that would have made it more bearable.
I had put the welfare of 7 other people in my team before my own and this is what I got to learn from it. Hmmm... where else does that show up in my life?

My apologies to Helen for what I did. She was a great boss and I took away her chance to fire someone and experience that. Also, I believe I was a great team member and the team would have won by a greater margin had I counted myself as an important and valued colleague. So I let them all down by not sticking around.

The final game was Pedal To The Metal an opportunity to test Teamwork, focus, systems, precision and speed. I sat down next to Rob, the guy with the sandals, as I'd spoken to him earlier that day and Helga the German lady. Then David came along and randomly sat down and completed our team for this challenge. Team Gaia was ready and our sponsor was Gatorade (nothing like getting into the spirit of selling out to the big boys...lol...)

Do you believe in karma or destiny? Syncronicity: where everything goes right, almost perfect due, to circumstances of the right people being in the right place at the right time?

The idea of this game was to do an assembly of a lego car and that 'Repetition creates Mastery'! We would build the car, break it down and then pick a sub assembly to do each. The world record was around 24 seconds and we started at 48.05 secs. We slowly improved and others were getting much better practice times. We were just consistently improving, I turned to the team and laughed that maybe the other teams had peaked too early! Rob was doing the rear wheels, Helga the front wheels and Dave the sides and finishing it. I had taken on the main chassis assembly as it required me to make sure I did my part and everything went together leaving me responsible in that area.
Rob did some recon and watched the team that were doing it the fastest. He came back and suggested a couple of changes, which I was uncomfortable with at first as I was getting used to the way I did it and we were getting faster. With the changes we improved from 37.02 s. to 25.46 s. Modelling a better team made us better.

Nearer the final race to win, some teams were beating the previous record and getting scores in the 18 s. region. Rob turned and said that we should go for the 'top 3' and I did my pep talk insisted that we would go for first. I was not worried about the times of the other teams, just calm and relaxed that we would do the best that we could.
By the final race we had done six timed builds and 10's of other runs in between to practice. Practice, practice and practice, led to consistent improvement and having a system to build the car. ensuring we did it the best way much quicker.

Rob did a talk about just being smooth and flowing like Bruce Lee and tensing only as we snapped the pieces together firmly. We then did a guided visualisation and my mind knew exactly how it went together and my fingers twitched as my eyes were closed in the areas where the pieces would be. We all remained calm and breathed slowly and just before we were told to go; took a deep breath, dried our hands and were away without a care in the world other than being present in the moment and doing what was in front of us. We were finished before we knew it and it looked like we'd beaten everyone else. We had! 19.20 seconds was our team time and the new record. It didn't even register in my mind or for the rest of the team.

I had avoided any leadership or winning all weekend and now, by just being good at what I did, the stage beckoned and I was there! It was a great feeling and the atmosphere was electric. Emotions were high for all of us and I have no idea what I said, I just know it was good. All our team were given racing jackets and the experience was great. I can't wait to see the pictures as a reminder of that day.

When asked how we did it afterwards, all I could remember was the part I played and the fact that four random people came together that day to achieve something brilliant! We achieved more as a group than we could have done individually that weekend. And the fact that it would take all of us to replicate the success again makes it all the more difficult for someone to find out (consciously) the secret of how a bunch of people can do wonderful things. Just know that it can be done when you surround yourself with those right people, either you will find them or they will find you and help you shine!

All I can say is don't ever shy away from stepping up and dare to win! That is what you are here for and when you do what you must, it will be more than worth it! Even if you don't win, it is still OK to fail as it is playing the game that counts and learning from the feedback. It is the spectators that don't get an opportunity to pass the ball or ever score!

I AM A CHAMPION! That was easy.

These were just some of the lessons that I learnt on top of everything else that we got to find out about, learn and experience at this wonderful event. Life is an experience to be lived, not a book or someone else's blog to be read.

Your investment to attend? Just your time and commitment to improve yourself and your business. Book now for the next Play To Win in London on Friday 13th-15th February 2009.

You will learn and practice powerful skills that will make a lasting impact in your life. Through a series of cutting-edge, carefully designed business games and simulations you will learn valuable skills from marketing, teamwork, precision and sales through to leadership, creativity and communication. These games are taught in a powerful experiential manner using room changes, themes and custom written music to allow participants to be immersed in their learning.

I challenge you to come and set a new record so I don't get complacent!See you there next time, Bobby

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Topher Morrison, Mental Game of Life

I've just signed up for a seminar and I would love for you to come with me. It's called The Mental Game of Life and its coming up in this month. There are actually 3 different locations, so even if you can't attend with me, you can attend in another city.

The three locations are Manchester, Birmingham and London. (over the next couple of weekends)

I've copied some of the content from the website about the event:

Imagine yourself surrounded by success-oriented people as committed to helping you succeed as they are themselves...

Stop imagining and sign up now for the real thing!

It is YOUR Game - and the stakes are YOUR happiness. Turn the Game of Life to YOUR advantage...

...with the moves that this seminar will show you.
We've heard the saying, "You can accomplish anything, when you put your mind to it." Often a saying is not enough - The Mental Game of Life will show you how...

So what's it all about? Like any other game, life has certain rules and maneuvers that will bring positive results - and a number of pitfalls to be wary of. As well, there are techniques that can make you an ace player.

To secure your guaranteed seat, click here: The Mental Game of Life

Here's just a quick rundown of some of the things you'll receive:

Overcome procrastination;
Create more energy for your life;
Build more wealth with less work;
Rekindle the spark in relationships;
Negotiate successfully in all aspects of your career;
Develop and really enjoy a healthy diet/lifestyle;
Get more accomplishment and joy out of life;
Communicate effectively with your kids - and your parents;
Take and stay in action for what you're after...

It's No Secret - Achieving the outcomes you desire in life are driven by specific aspects of the human mind. You can easily access and apply these to assure consistent wins in your game.

Enroll for your winning edge: The Mental Game of Life

Learn how to change your results in relationships, career, family, finance, mind/body health - in life - at this introduction to the powerful concepts of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Hypnosis. You will be acquainted with these topics and given the opportunity to sign up for advanced education and be introduced to products that support personal exploration.

Experience this new and powerful Topher Morrison event:

The Mental Game of Life
13 - 14, September, Manchester
20 - 21, September, Birmingham
27 - 28, September, London

Here's your open shot to get in the game: www.gameoflife.networkbillionaire.com

Makes sure to click the link above and check out the full details of the event. I look forward to seeing you on Game Day.

Best Wishes,


P.S. This game is a Sure Win - the only way to lose is to not play! Topher will not be offering this again this year; do not ask him for alternative dates... there are three to choose from, all you have to do is choose!

Also... Invite some other friends too! The more people we bring, the bigger the party it will be!

Thursday, 4 September 2008

What is a metaphor like?

Metaphor: the use of a word or expression 'which in literal usage denotes one kind of thing or action [but] is applied to a distinctly different kind of thing or action, without asserting a comparison'.

Below is some interesting info I found on the subject of metaphors. The same way that Aesop's Fables weren't really about animals, were they? Take your time to have a read and remember that the mind is like a parachute, it works best when it is open.


Metaphor is not just a function of language...of mere words...human thought processes are largely metaphorical...the human conceptual system is metaphorically saturated and defined.

The term metaphor originally comes from Greek metaphora (meta In-NLP-something-is-Meta-to-another-if-it-is-at-a-higher-(or-aside-to)-level., meaning 'over', and herein, 'to carry') .

This transfer (or carry) of meaning within all cultures and languages, and has a long history of use as evidenced in the teaching of Aristotle and Plato.

Metaphor has been central to the study of rhetoric and philosophy from Aristotle to the present day. Moreover, since at least the 1970s, the study of metaphor has continued to grow and a serious subject of scrutiny within linguistics, sociolinguistics, sociology, psychology, and education.

According to Alderney (1975) “metaphors are necessary and not just nice”, and he explains that there are various ways in which metaphor can facilitate learning. Metaphor can impress a concept or idea through the powerful image or vividness of the expression.

Metaphor can also capture the inexpressible. In fact, what a metaphor conveys is virtually impossible to express in any other way without losing the potency of the message.

In addition, metaphor aids compactness in that chunks of the well-known experience can be transferred to less well-known contexts. It is this transference from one context Context-in-NLP-is-the-particular-setting-or-situation-in-which-the-content-occur of phenomena to another that manifests the creative process.

Think back to the special stories that have influenced you in your life and notice why. What happened inside you when you hear/heard these metaphors?

If you were to shadow one of your classes through a school day, you'd probably be exposed to a wide range of teaching techniques. Some aspects of our colleagues' teaching can really make a difference to our own lessons. I've outlined some different techniques below that can really help to motivate pupils and get them to approach your subject from an unexpected angle.


Figurative language, for instance, doesn't just belong in the English lesson. Metaphors in particular can be effective and powerful learning tools when used in other subjects. They can:

* link abstracts to concrete language
* open the mind to multi levels of understanding
* promote and encourage emotions
* aid memory for all students by creating associations or links. (This is especially effective for learners with Specific Learning Difficulties and, in particular, those with short-term memory issues.)
* facilitate unspoken or unconscious Unconscious-in-NLP-is-that-of-which-you-are-not-conscious,-or-which-is-out-of-co learning
* help learners to make sense of information and issues
* gain understanding about the ways your learners 'see things'.

You can use them as a device to springboard discussion: metaphors allow pupils to explore their feelings in a safe, non-judgmental way and to clarify these emotions by using revealing images or comparisons.

Multi-sensory Imagination

When providing activities for your learners, consider what sort of language you are using to evoke a response. To evoke a multi-sensory response, ask multi-sensory questions:

Kinaesthetic: Kinaesthetic-in-NLP-is-the-Representatio... imagination: 'Imagine how that would feel? How might you act on this?'

Visualisation: 'Can you imagine what that would look like?'

Auditory: In-NLP-Auditory-is-the-Representational-System-dealing-with-hearing.-It-can-be-i imagination: 'Imagine you can hear...what would it sound like?'

You can use these three basic questions in a variety of settings. For example in a geography lesson; you could use this technique as a starting point or review of volcanic eruption. Ask students to collect information from different sources to describe the sensory experience you would have if you were in the presence of a volcanic eruption. Present the sensory experience in class as an audio news report from a volcanologist. The information given should include as many senses as possible.

Smell: Noxious petrol-like fumes, sulphur - rotten eggs - burning trees.

Touch: Singed hair and eyebrows, heat.

Sound: Jets of lava, like heavy rain, explosive volcano, loud crashing explosion, a flow like a bulldozer pushing a heavy load of bricks.

Sight: Colour of lava - bright orange, bright red, brownish red, black.

Most information can be delivered to all age ranges via multi-sensory activities. It can add an extra dimension to:

* Story telling: it can help pupils to stand in the character's shoes, in their comprehension of the story, and can evoke a particularly descriptive or imaginative response.
* Creative writing: it can help to elicit a creative sensory response and enhance awareness of sensory language.
* History, Geography or English literature: it can help students to set the scene by recapping the sensory information that they already know. Having asked such questions, you can add aspects of what they don't know.
* As an introductory session or a 'review' technique.


Source: www.nlpworld.co.uk/nlp-training-metaphors

John Lee, Barry Danser Northern Property Network

John Lee, Barry Danser presented at the Northern Property Network

John Lee discussed negotiation skills when dealing with estate agents and BMV sellers. He has also launched deal closer to help more people close more BMV deals at www.deal-closer.co.uk

The September Leeds meeting was a buzz with great presentations from John Lee & Barry Danser and a huge attendance. Sometimes even I don't know how successful an evening will end up being. I'd better get used to it.

Barry Danser's Rent Rescue product makes it possible for landlords to guarantee their rent all year round. You can get more info here www.rentrescue.co.uk

Due to demand, I have also started coaching people in property and business, amongst other things. If you'd like to find out more, just drop me a line. :-)