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

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Wednesday, 30 September 2009

September 2009 in Facebook status updates

    Go to this event at the weekend for a discount. The Rent To Own Workshop with Rick Otton and David Lee http://www.RickOtton.networkbillionaire.com Discount code: CASHFLOWGURU if you book now to get £100 off
30 September at 20:50

  Are all BMW drivers inconsiderate pricks or just the majority of them?
29 September at 23:03

  Anybody want to attend Guerrilla Business Intensive for the next few days - starts tomorrow. Call me tonight with why you want to go!?
29 September at 17:41

  Getting ready for Guerrilla Business Intensive with T. Harv Eker. Will you be there this week?
29 September at 11:20   (2) (2)
Sarah Jayne Hewitt
Sarah Jayne Hewitt
I will Bobby!
29 September at 12:45

See you there :-)
29 September at 13:20

  Had the weekend off, now back to plans for world domination!
28 September at 10:55

  Listening to Brett McFall, a great finish to the Mark Anastasi Quick Cash event.
27 September at 16:40

  You know its been a long day (and too many Coronas) when you try to open the front door with your Oyster Card
26 September at 22:45

  Sat here with @David Lee discussing Rent To Own workshop in Manchester with Rick Otton on Monday. Northern Property Investors must be there to learn from the World's Best! http://cashflow.networkbillionaire.com/
26 September at 20:28


Bobby likes Eloise Ansell's video Julie overcomes issues using BodyTalk.

  Just been to catch up with @Simon Zutshi at his Mastermind Reunion in London. Might call in on his workshop tomorrow. http://www.pinbmv.networkbillionaire.com
26 September at 20:22

  Now that's a proper brunch at a little Cafe opposite Prince of Wales pub at Earls Court.
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Robert Clark
Robert Clark
I guessed as much - that the problem with you, too much healthy living.
28 September at 19:03
Simone Phillips
Simone Phillips
A diet! What a seefood diet - see food and eat it tee hee xx
02 October at 01:27

  Listening to Alex Goad sharing loads of internet marketing info and Google tips, at top speed! Heard him before but so good I came back for more. Got here early to see Armand Morin again. Glad they saved the best till last, he's so Inspirational!
26 September at 15:07

  Reading 'The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People' by Stephen Covey ready for his visit to London on 14th October: http://www.covey.networkbillionaire.com/
25 September at 20:35

  Listening to Reed Floren sharing Giveaway info and list building tips. He's been marketing for 10 years and is semi-retired at only 23!
25 September at 17:25

  At Mark Anastasi's Speed Cash Seminar at Earls Court. Come on down if you're not busy watching TV this weekend.
25 September at 09:54

  Just been on the Chopra Challenge. Turned up at the Sold Out Deepak event for a spare ticket. It was gone by time I got back from the cash point. Lesson: It pays to carry cash!
24 September at 19:02

  Next time you see someone, somewhere you wouldn't expect to, it's not because you're mad but they are really there! I'm glad I asked Michelle Clarke to clear that up for me, else I was going to go back to bed till 2010 questioning my sanity!
24 September at 17:29 
Julia McDaid
Julia McDaid
Aren't you normally that person? ;-)
24 September at 18:20

  Did you vote Today for Dynamic Mr. Elliot Kay ? Are you an Elliot fan or will the winner be the lovely Jules Wyman ? Get your votes in Now for Britains Next Top Coach: http://www.britainsnexttopcoach.tv
24 September at 16:12 
Elliot Kay
Elliot Kay
ooohhhhh can I be dynamic and lovely? thanks for your support
24 September at 17:05

  Went to watch Dorian Gray - what would you do if you could put your soul in a picture & what would it look like?
23 September at 23:41
Alex Mitchell
Alex Mitchell
I've got one don't you know. I'm 138 years young.
26 September at 13:30

  Nearly got through a week's worth of 1500 emails! Phew... And tomorrow? Add the 200+ friends waiting for a reply for over a month... Apologies, I'm getting round to you all :-)
23 September at 19:37    (8) (8)
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Marcia Gladwin
Marcia Gladwin
oh you supporter you. Want to talk to a real person instead of emails/ face book? If so @ home tomorrow and would love to chat x x x
23 September at 20:19
Darren Eden
Darren Eden
I think it's your natural charm. I'll have to try and pick some next time in London. Ny to come by though.tme tell you.
23 September at 22:30

  In The Royal National Hotel and the cafe has just been mobbed by some Tour Reps.
23 September at 18:01 

24 hour Tescos by Russell Square apparently. And the poor buggers are meeting at 6.30am in the morning! So much for being a tourist and going on 'holiday'
23 September at 18:04

  Why Ask anyone else when you can ASCII-Bobby !? :-)
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23 September at 12:08 

  Congratulations to Great Expectations, Jemma Prittie, supporting Elliot Kay for Britains Next Top Coach. Come on Think Big Education, Dan Storey, Jules Wyman would love the support too ;-) http://www.britainsnexttopcoach.tv
22 September at 17:53 
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  Still got student rooms to rent in Huddersfield and referrals paid! Contact me now if you know anyone.
22 September at 17:10    (6) (6)
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Ben Austin
Ben Austin
You never know... I reckon with a good contra-deal set-up, Huddersfield could have it's very own Bobby's Palace! :o) (Like Stringfellows just without the leopard skin thong!)
22 September at 19:06

That'll teach me to ask a proper northerner for 'tips'!
22 September at 19:10

 Bobby Gill is barking mad! Woof...
21 September at 19:45    (6) (6)
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Richard Holmes
Richard Holmes
21 September at 20:59

 Bobby's Blog: It's A Dog's Life - Or is it?
Source: bobby-gill.blogspot.com
Have you noticed how dogs like to play? You can pat them, play fetch and get them to roll over when they're in a good mood. They will be your best friends and do what they can to please you.Make sure you look after that dog though, as one day you will realise the dog isn't there. ...
21 September at 19:37   · Share

  Still recovering from a weekend with Davaa Dorj, Iulia Palade, Cammy Ciurdea and Petra Ivan. Big night out on Saturday, a relaxing Sunday and now why is it Monday already!?
21 September at 13:09    (3) (3)
Julia McDaid
Julia McDaid
and since when did it bother you what day it was??
21 September at 14:13
Davaa Dorj
Davaa Dorj
Haha...hope you get full recovery by the GBI
21 September at 14:48

It matters since I got lots to do in a limited time frame. Time doesn't exist unless someone sets a date/time for something to happen! Busy, busy, hope you're all well. See you at GBI Davaa and at the Initiation Julia :-)
21 September at 15:33

  Join my fanpage here for Blog updates and other fun stuff!

Making a Difference and Inspiring People, whilst having FUN! "Be the change you wish to see in the world." Below you will find updates to my blog as and when they happen! I'll be spending more time, doing fewer but better quality thi...ngs. Don't want to be a fan or a friend? Kindly hit  . If you need me, give me a call. Don't have my number? Call someone who does! And most importantly - LIVE the life you desire! Bon voyage, Bobby :-) Writer. Property, Business and NLP Coach. Why do I have a fanpage? Why not! Because less is MORE.Read more
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  Loving lazy sundays, time to relax and catch up.
20 September at 18:07
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  Out with the Karma Krew tonight at On Anon, Piccadilly Circus. Party!
19 September at 20:08

 Bobby's Blog!: Bringing you the World's Best in London!
Source: bobby-gill.blogspot.com
What Would Bobby Do? Move to London :-)Many people complain that time and distance to get to events in London is too much - and that's even before the costs of food and accommodation. For those that are ...
19 September at 16:08    (5) (5) · Share
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Darren Eden
Darren Eden
Cool. I'll send you the guest link so you can reserve your seat.
19 September at 19:39
Julia McDaid
Julia McDaid
Are you going Bobby? I'll see you there!
21 September at 14:15

  Seems to be getting told off a lot today, surely it is a mis-communication. Women!!
18 September at 18:59    (13) (13)
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Sally Griffin
Sally Griffin
Bobby, with that comment you just love.........rubbing them up the wrong way-)
18 September at 22:25
Dhriti Mehra
Dhriti Mehra
It is almost tomorrow!!
18 September at 22:58


Bobby likes Tobie Ward's link.

Bobby likes Elliot Kay's link.

Bobby likes Jules Wyman's video Spot your friends...

  Has monkeys on his back. I won't say who they are...
18 September at 12:35    (3) (3)
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Jams Cooper
Jams Cooper
grumpy, sleepy, happy, dopey... hahahahahaha.
18 September at 12:37
Simon Crabb
Simon Crabb
18 September at 12:45

  Anita Langley, Adam Symes, Richard Holmes , Duncan Turner - late night last night at Penny Powers Ecademy book launch. Did you all get home OK? The @'s work - woo-hoo!
18 September at 12:26    (2) (2)
Cammy Ciurdea
Cammy Ciurdea
I can confirm that both Mr Symes and Mr Turner made it home :) x LOL
18 September at 12:38
Richard Holmes
Richard Holmes
I made it too, thanks!
18 September at 13:33

  The Ecademy Blackstars had a private party after the book launch, so we had our own that they missed out on ;-) @Anita Langley @Adam Symes @Duncan Turner @Kate A'Vard @Richard Palmer
17 September at 23:47

And the @'s don't work properly on mobile!
17 September at 23:50

  Just did a trip on the tube with my nose in The London Paper whilst ignoring everyone. OMG, I may have been infected by Londonitis! :-0
17 September at 17:59

  Off to an Ecademy book launch near Victoria, London for Penny Powers new book.
17 September at 16:01    (2) (2)
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  At the Internet Cafe in Hammersmith as the free Sky connection at my place is poo!
17 September at 15:11    (8) (8)
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Full of weirdos (I'm no exception!)
17 September at 15:35

This internet is slower than the speed I work at as well! Bummer...
Heidi - no time for socialising in real life when paying to be on FB.
Satie - pressie for me? Woo-hoo... what is it?
Laurence - where and when?
Satnam - lay off the alcohol before dinner time!... Read more
Rob - need to talk to you too. Will ring after you've finished with satnam ;)
17 September at 15:46

  Watched District 9 - what a strange film. It is to movies what contempary dance is to dancing!?!
16 September at 23:07

  Feel that there is an air of apathy around people this week, brought on by the change in weather. What do you think?
16 September at 19:27

  Having walked round London for last 2 hours, finally agree Tube Map is not representative of actual distance or location. It has served me well for a month, time to get an A to Z me thinks!
16 September at 15:42
Wasim Ahmed
Wasim Ahmed
16 September at 16:08

  Thought it was hilarious when I wanted to post a letter to Bradford and guy in Post Office wanted to put a Via Airmail sticker on it. Passports please...
16 September at 15:17

  Do you know any students at Huddersfield University or college wanting a room to rent? £100 referral paid! Contact me now.
16 September at 09:26

  Waiting for Adam Shaw to do his http://www.walkinnovation.com in Regent's Park. NOT still waiting here for tonight's walk but the next one!
14 September at 20:21    (4) (4)
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Sheetal Vithlani
Sheetal Vithlani
14 September at 20:26
Andrea Priddey
Andrea Priddey
Hey Bobby, did you get my message? x
14 September at 20:59
Adam Shaw
Adam Shaw
14 September at 22:42

  wondering what the 'next step' is...
14 September at 09:43

  Nothing keeps you focused like a hot cup of coffee between your legs whilst driving!
12 September at 08:27   (3) (3)
Steven Aspinall
Steven Aspinall
Was you driving while you typed that message?? ;-)
12 September at 11:45
Robert Clark
Robert Clark
how about juggling with chainsaws?
12 September at 22:06
Steven Aspinall
Steven Aspinall
Or hot coal. Lol
12 September at 22:16

  Good intentions to get up at 5.15am today. The snooze button is not your friend - or is it?
12 September at 08:25

  Spending the weekend with Clinton Swaine and the Frontier family in The Sheraton, Heathrow.
11 September at 07:41

  Will you be at Play To Win this weekend? http://www.play2win.networkbillionaire.com
10 September at 10:36
Steph Daniels
Steph Daniels
Unfortunately not. Be there in spirit. Enjoy
10 September at 13:17

  Watched Funny People - a dark comedy that finally shows Adam Sandler is a good actor. Raymond & Eminem were hilarious cameos.
10 September at 00:28


Bobby likes Elliot Kay's video Clinton Swaine gives his backing to Elliot.

Bobby commented on Claire Boyles's note Fifteen Films.

Bobby likes Leena Patel's link.

  Going to see MJ* Thriller Live tonight in London with friends.
08 September at 16:31    (6) (6)
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Andrew Mullins
Andrew Mullins
How totally 'Off the Wall'. Sorry couldn't resist. Hey Bobby howzit going??? RSVP sometime.
08 September at 16:46

That was 'Bad'!

* It is a tribute show so don't expect the real Michael Jackson to be making an appearance. We were booked for the O2 tonight but plans changed!
08 September at 16:54

  The greatest thing you can experience is to be able to really see yourself in others...
08 September at 14:47    (7) (7)
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Daniel Priestley
Daniel Priestley
for better and worse
08 September at 14:52
Wendy Loudon
Wendy Loudon
How true is this xxxxx
08 September at 18:44

  Been having some 'more' challenges with the finances this weekend, then remembered http://bit.ly/15jrUX So going to suck it up and keep on trucking!
07 September at 12:01    (5) (5)
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  Going to howl at the full moon tonight!
04 September at 22:26    (8) (8)
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'Myke' Michael Anthony Snuggs
men in white coats to the ready!
04 September at 22:27
Julia McDaid
Julia McDaid
why??? you sprouting hairs all over??
04 September at 22:46

Yup - hairs ALL over!!
07 September at 12:02

  Just finished putting a house together that one of my tenants too apart. Why, oh why!?
04 September at 22:25    (5) (5)
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Jams Cooper
Jams Cooper
hahahahahaha... was fred west your last lodger?
04 September at 22:38
Satie Punglia
Satie Punglia
you love it really Bobby
04 September at 23:19

 's Blog!: How Ordinary is your Life?
Source: bobby-gill.blogspot.com
At last night's XL meeting Steve Ireland brought along a great short film about an ordinary life that becomes extraordinary when there is someone else there to watch it. It's called 'Personal Spectator' and you can watch it below ...and see how it makes you feel, all the way to the twist at the end. .....Read more
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Leena Patel
Leena Patel
Hey Bobby, thanks for this vid, brilliant, hope you ok!! x
04 September at 17:22

  Anybody got any jobs in London? Have a few friends looking for work. Please send me a message or let me know if you hear of anything. Thanks.
04 September at 16:36    (6) (6)
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Alex Mitchell
Alex Mitchell
only for therapists
05 September at 13:18

I'm looking for a job Alex, not to be referred... lol...
07 September at 12:28


Bobby likes Heidi Amber Sutton's link.

Bobby likes Adam Labno's link.

Bobby commented on Danny Rampling's link.

Bobby likes Danny Rampling's link.

  "80 percent of success is just showing up" - Woody Allen
03 September at 23:34    (14) (14)
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Tim Neale
Tim Neale
will do tomorrow :)
04 September at 00:33
Shaghayegh Esther Yehudit Shayesteh
Shaghayegh Esther Yehudit Shayesteh
it's time gill, it's time!
04 September at 04:54

  Learning to say 'NO' to things that aren't helping my purpose. Supporter lessons from Wealth Dynamics coming to a blog near you soon.
03 September at 16:43    (10) (10)
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John Marshall
John Marshall
Blogs are the way to go Bobby!
03 September at 16:44
Ben Austin
Ben Austin
Wealth Dynamics. One of the most profound systems of thinking I've ever learned. Fine work sonny.
03 September at 17:40
Marie-Claire Carlyle
Marie-Claire Carlyle
Bring it on Bobby!! from a fellow supporter! x
03 September at 18:25

  Got a TomTom power cable off E-Bay and then found another one too, just like buses - none for ages and then two come along at once. Hope they fit as my tube map is getting worn out!
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  The rash is starting to clear!
03 September at 16:39    (8) (8)
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Taran Meowage Bains
Taran Meowage Bains
errr! u skank!
03 September at 19:24
Darren Eden
Darren Eden
Just keep scatching Bobby
03 September at 21:03

  Why am I up this late... again!?
03 September at 01:40    (3) (3)
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Goodnight SS... Goodnight world! xx
03 September at 02:23

  Got some more tenants sorted today and called banks to sort some issues out. All in all a good day. Oops... going to be late for XL meeting tonight http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=121013353267
02 September at 17:24    (2) (2)
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  Doesn't time fly. Already another month... hope you use it well!
01 September at 23:23    (2) (2)
Veronica Kinsbourg
Veronica Kinsbourg
And almost the year over again!!!! Time flies to quickly.
02 September at 00:47
Julia McDaid
Julia McDaid
It's going to be a good month though!
03 September at 17:30

  Going to be at XL North West in Manchester on Wednesday - see you there. http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=149188850239
Net-worth building with XL North West!
Connect... Inspire... Create...
Location:Amblehurst Hotel
Time:Wednesday, 02 September 2009 18:30
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Bobby likes Marcia Gladwin's link.

Bobby became a fan of Disney Pixar. 

Bobby attended Net-worth building with XL North West! 

Bobby attended YES Group North Social at Aakash. 

Bobby attended Northern Property Network - TUESDAY 1st September 2009. 

  Going to the Northern Property Network meeting tonight with David Price and Neil Marsden http://www.northernpropertynetwork.co.uk
01 September at 14:56 
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  Driving back North from London. Pulled in for a hitch hiker but someone beat me to it. Maybe get another one later!
01 September at 09:24

Monday, 21 September 2009

It's A Dog's Life - Or is it?

Have you noticed how dogs like to play? You can pat them, play fetch and get them to roll over when they're in a good mood. They will be your best friends and do what they can to please you.

Make sure you look after that dog though, as one day you will realise the dog isn't there. Why? Maybe because it has found someone else to serve or it wasn't even really your dog!

Maybe it occasionally visited you but it slept and ate elsewhere. It just enjoyed spending time with you whilst you treat it well - but you didn't own it, the dog just made the effort for you.

Can anyone really OWN another being!? In a dog's mind there is no superiority, just equality.

Then it moves on just like The Littlest Hobo, to where it is needed and/or wanted next, having briefly spent some time with you playing and barking. Maybe it will be back - or never be seen again.

If you've said goodbye to one, you may be lucky enough for another dog to appear and give you company.

Perhaps everything that happened wasn't lessons for the dog - but you... Have you ever wondered that it might not be a Dog's life but yours that you need to look at?

♫ "Maybe tomorrow..." ♪

My new landlord in London has a lovely dog. I'll remember to be nice and treat it well.

Saturday, 19 September 2009

You know you’re not from London when…

Bobby Gill Just did a trip on the tube with my nose in The London Paper whilst ignoring everyone. OMG, I may have been infected by Londonitis! :-0

Whilst on the tube I did read a great article by Kirsty Ross about being an expat living in London. I think this applies to anyone from outside the M25 to be honest, it's a whole cultural shock.


"You know you’re a foreigner living in London when...

• You have no idea what that mess inside the kettle is, especially seeing as you bought it only three months ago.

• Asked, “Alright?,” you answer, “I’m fine, why?”

• Come summer and 17C, you find yourself actually contemplating slipping into a bikini (you too, boys) for the park like everyone else.

• You catch yourself complaining, then cut yourself off, afraid you’re becoming “one of them”.

• You’ve learnt never again to sit upstairs on the number 38 bus at night after breathing in secondary crack smoke from the junkie behind you.

• You’re amused watching Londoners tell off tourists who stand on the left… after learning the hard way yourself.

• You feel raped and pillaged of your annual leave by making an obligatory trip “home”.

• Heading to a summer music festival, you pack your gumboots (aka wellies) rather than your thongs (aka flip-flops) and a bikini/boardies.

• You no longer own sunscreen.

• You find yourself feeling prudish about Page 3 girls.

• People think you are the local crazy lady when you fleetingly smile at them in the street.

• It takes a while to learn what people are talking about when they refer to “the city”.

• You discover that sanitising hand gel exists and learn that you’ll die without it.

• You get weird looks when you mention your “pants are wet”. Meaning, of course, you stepped in a puddle.

• You think chocolate bars are a bargain.

• You keep falling for Ryanair’s “free flights” deal – even though they’re not free – and then bitching about the £10 credit-card fee.

• You discover drugs are cheaper than at home… unless you’re from Colombia.

• You’re the only person making a bee-line for the office window when it snows.

• You go to fill in a tax return and you’re told you don’t have to (huh?).

• You take your piggy bank of trash coins to the bank and learn they’ve never heard of a coin-sorter. Start bagging, bitches!

• You can walk into your kitchen, bedroom and bathroom by pivoting on one foot.

• You can’t believe you have to bag your own groceries… and be the one offering friendly greetings.

• You order a pint and find out the barman went to the school just down the road from where you grew up.

• You find it fascinating that riding on the Tube turns your snot black.

• You used to think the grass is greener back home but began to realise the grass is greener wherever you are now… "

Source: Kirsty Ross is a reporter at thelondonpaper – for one more day. But that won’t stop her from writing about her travel exploits…unless she runs out of food and starts eating her hands. You can follow her Expat In The City blogs at www.kirsty-ross.com

Bringing you the World's Best in London!

What Would Bobby Do? Move to London :-)

Many people complain that time and distance to get to events in London is too much - and that's even before the costs of food and accommodation. For those that are committed to their success you don't hear any of those excuses, they just do what is needed to get and/or stay ahead.

I used to travel all the time and now I have moved to London (making frequent visits up North to host the Northern Property Network and be on the XL North West Leadership team). I've even swapped the YES Group North for YES London when I can make it.

I now get to go to all the major events without travelling too far and meet some fantastic people.
Despite the economy at the moment (which the media says is now recovering but that's a different story) there are many others who are just getting on with what needs to be done.

I've been fortunate enough to know a lot of the events organisers here and they are attracting some great talent. Not only does London have a lot of the country's best presenters, speakers and business people who you can come and meet anytime - They are now bringing you much more talent from abroad as well!

I can usually get access to advance tickets, best prices and discounts as well! So let me know if you're hosting or attending an event and I'll see what my network of friends and associates can do for you.

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Thursday, 3 September 2009

How Ordinary is your Life?

At last night's XL meeting Steve Ireland brought along a great short film about an ordinary life that becomes extraordinary when there is someone else there to watch it. It's called 'Personal Spectator' and you can watch it below and see how it makes you feel, all the way to the twist at the end. Do you live an ordinary life like everyone else? Do you exist and do people notice...

Some of the observations that came out of this were how people behave differently when they're being observed and how it creates a different energy. Do you really exist if there is no-one there to observe?

The Fred Factor was mentioned about how even ordinary people can make a difference every day.

Was the girl's life different from that moment on?
Why did the guy do what he did in the film?
How does he feel at the end - and you as a spectator?

The film really highlighted the small difference between just existing and really living. We are all unique and no-one is just ordinary. All it takes is the time to notice the little things. Hattie gave me a voice-over as I sat there discussing my views and it was a really strange experience similar to the film Stranger than Fiction. All of a sudden every little thing I said or did was important.

To keep our ' moral code' we could pretend someone is watching and resolve never to do or say anything you wouldn't want to see on the front page of the newspapers.

Hopefully you aren't comfortable living in the shadows. Do you need a Personal Spectator or do you already act as if you have a real existence and people notice that you are alive?

You may notice there are a lot more questions than statements that I've written. I'm sure you'll agree though, that it is what you think that is more important than what anyone else says...

We ALL make a difference whether we know it or not. There is an impact on the lives of others created by us just living every day! You are the author of your own story, write a masterpiece that people will enjoy and so will you, that will be remembered for a very long time to come.

Have you heard of the Fred Factor?

"The first time I met a "Fred" was just after I had purchased what I called a "new old house." Located in a beautiful, tree-lined area of Denver called Washington Park, the house had been built in 1928. A first-time homeowner, I'd only been living there for a few days when I heard a knock on my front door. I opened it, and saw a mailman standing there.

"Good morning, Mr. Sanborn!" he exclaimed cheerfully. "My name is Fred and I'm your postal carrier. I just stopped by to introduce myself, welcome you to the neighborhood and find out a little bit about you and what you do for a living." Of medium height and build with a small mustache, Fred was an ordinary-looking fellow. But, while his physical appearance didn't convey anything out of the ordinary, his sincerity and warmth were noticeable immediately.

I was taken back. I'd been receiving mail for most of my life, but I had never received anything like this kind of an introduction from my postal carrier. But it did impress me as a nice touch.

I replied, "I'm a professional speaker. I don't have a real job."

"If you're a professional speaker, you must travel a lot," said Fred.

"Yes, I do. I travel anywhere from 160 to 200 days a year."

Nodding, Fred went on. "Well, if you just give me a copy of your schedule, I hold your mail and bundle it. I'll only deliver it on the days that you are at home to receive it."

This was amazing! But, as I told Fred, that was probably not necessary. "Why not just leave the mail in the box on the side of the house?" I suggested. "Then I'll pick it up when I came back into town."

Fred explained, "Mr. Sanborn, burglars often watch for mail building up in a box. That tells them that you're out of town, and you might become the victim of a break-in."

Fred was more worried about my mail than I was! But after all, I realized, he was the postal professional.

He continued, "Here's what I suggest. I can put mail in your box as long as the lid closes. That way nobody will know that you're gone. Whatever doesn't fit in the box, I'll put between the screen door and the front door. Nobody can see it there. And if that area becomes too full of mail, I'll just hold the rest of it for you until you come back into town."

At this point I started to wonder: does this guy really work for the U.S. Postal Service? Maybe this neighborhood had its own private mail delivery service. Still, Fred's suggestions sounded like a terrific plan to me, so I agreed to them.

Two weeks later I returned home from a trip. As I put the key in my front door lock, I noticed that my doormat was missing. I was puzzled; I doubted that anyone was actually stealing doormats in Denver. I looked around on my front porch and I found my doormat in the corner.

It was covering something.

Here's what had happened: While I was gone, UPS had misdelivered a package sent to me. The box was left on somebody else's porch five doors down. Lucky for me Fred the Postman was on the job. Noticing my box on the wrong porch, he picked it up, carried it down to my house and put it out of view. He also attached a note explaining what had happened, and then tried to make it less noticeable by placing the doormat over it. Not only was Fred delivering the mail, he was now picking up slack for UPS!

His actions really struck me. As a professional speaker, it is easy to find and point out what's "wrong" with quality, customer service and business in general. Finding examples of what's "right," or even praiseworthy, is much harder. Yet here was Fred, a gold-plated example of what personalized service looked like and a role model for anyone who wanted to make a difference in his or her work. Because of Fred's example I started sharing my experiences with him in speeches and seminars I presented across the country. Everyone, it seemed, wanted to hear about Fred, whether they were in a service business or manufacturing, high tech or healthcare. Audiences were enthralled and inspired.

Back at home, sometimes I had a chance to share with Fred how his work was inspiring others. I told him about a discouraged employee who had been receiving no recognition from her employers. She wrote to tell me that Fred's example inspired her to "keep on keeping on" and doing what she knew in her heart was the right thing to do, regardless of recognition or reward.

I related the confession of a manager who pulled me aside after one speech to tell me he never realized that his career goal all along was to be "a Fred." He believed in excellence and quality as the goal of every person in any business or profession.

And I was delighted to tell him that several companies created a Fred Award to present to employees who demonstrated the same spirit of service, innovation and commitment that he did. Someone once sent Fred a box of homemade cookies, care of my address!

As for myself, I wanted to thank Fred more formally for his exceptional service. When Christmas rolled around, I left a small gift in the mailbox for him. The next day, when the mail was delivered, I found an unusual letter in my box. The envelope had a stamp on it, but the stamp wasn't canceled. That's when I noticed the return address. The letter was from Fred the Postman.

Fred knew it was illegal to put a letter that wasn't posted in the box. So, even though he personally carried it from his house to my house, he still put a stamp on to keep it legal.

The letter said, in part, "Dear Mr. Sanborn, Thank you for remembering me at Christmas . . . I am flattered you talk about me in your speeches and seminars. I hope I can continue to provide exceptional service. Sincerely, Fred the Postman."

Over the next ten years, I received consistently remarkable service from Fred. I could always tell the days when he wasn't working my street just by the way the mail was jammed in my box. When Fred was on the job it was always neatly bundled.

But Fred also took a personal interest in me. One day while I was mowing the front lawn, a vehicle slowed in the street. The window went down and a familiar voice yelled, "Hello Mr. Sanborn! How was your trip?" It was Fred, off duty and driving around the neighborhood.

To this day, I can't tell you what motivated Fred. I know he didn't get paid more for his extraordinary work. I doubt he received any special recognition from his employer (if he did, I never heard about it). I know he wasn't privy to any exceptional training or incentive programs.

One thing I do know: Fred, and the way he did his job, is a perfect metaphor for anyone who wants to achieve and excel in the 21st century. Truth is transferable, and the four principles I learned from Fred apply to any person in any profession.

Inspired by Fred the Postman and the countless other Freds I've met, observed or been served by in numerous professions, I wrote The Fred Factor. It contains the simple yet profound lessons all the Freds taught me. Anyone can do them. Everyone should. By learning how to be a Fred it's possible to do extraordinary work. And that means being an extraordinary person as well-something we all want to be."

Source: The Fred Factor

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Who really matters?

The following is the philosophy of Charles Schulz, the creator of the ‘Peanuts’ comic strip. You don’t have to actually answer the questions. Just read through, and you’ll get the point.

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five World Cup Football winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss World Competition.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.

(edited by me for an international audience on the web)

How did you do?

The point is, not everyone of us remembers the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.


Here’s another quiz. See how you do on this one.

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special!!
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.


The lesson: The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money or the most awards. They simply are the ones who care the most.

Share this with those people who have either made a difference in your life, or whom you keep close in your heart, like I did.


So once again I ask "Who really matters?"

You do...

Hugs, Bobby