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success is simple

Sometimes success is staring us right in the face. Take the story of two young furniture designers who are lighting up the home decor industry.

vincent paul georgeson misewell mini

Vincent and Paul Georgeson founders of the award winning design company Misewell have a simple mission, “Create beautiful furniture that will last for decades.”

In a recent interview on Dwell Paul said that, “We want our pieces to look great in 30 years rather than turning into hideous eyesores. We want our customers to pass this stuff on to their grandkids.”

And so far that idea is working. They’ve won awards and become the darlings of the home design world.

Misewell began as a conversation between two brothers.That conversation slowly evolved into a furniture collection, which grew into an award winning design company.  Continue Reading…

It’s 6am and I’m thinking of you. Wondering how your year was? Curious to know if it ended the way you wanted it to?

2011 was a year where I began to measure my life in different ways. Trying to get to the core of what truly matters in life.

* How many little perfect moments did I experience with my family?

* How much impact did I have within the world?

* How aware did I become to the unskillful patterns of behavior in my life?

* How often did I speak my truth?

* How much of my time was spent pursuing my passions?

* How many adventures did I go on?

* How many moments did I spend with good friends?

So many of us are living lives of silent suffering. We suffer because we’re not true to ourselves. We don’t take the time to get to know who we are, what we want, and what we’re here on this earth to do.

Makes me think about regrets…

Did you know what the top 5 regrets of the dying are? Well according to Bronnie Ware who worked for years in palliative care, she found that over and over again people at the end of their lives had the following 5 regrets:

The 5 Regrets of the Dying

1) I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

2) I wish I didn’t work so hard.

3) I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

4) I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

5) I wish that I had let myself be happier.

So as this year comes to a close and you prepare for the next, take a little time to reflect on what matters most to you.

Try to answer the question…

“What does a good year look like for me?”

And once you know – start to create that year bit by bit, thought by thought, action by action.

Thanks for a great year.


Richard Branson's Keys To SuccessIn an interview for Richard Branson, the charismatic founder of Virgin Group and author of several books including one of my favorites, ‘Screw It Let’s Do It.’ had this to say about having a burning desire to follow your dreams,

Ideally, since 80 percent of your life is spent working, you should start your business around something that is a passion of yours. If you’re into kite-surfing and you want to become an entrepreneur, do it with kite-surfing.

Look, if you can indulge in your passion, life will be far more interesting than if you’re just working. You’ll work harder at it, and you’ll know more about it.

But first you must go out and educate yourself on whatever it is that you’ve decided to do – know more about kite-surfing than anyone else. That’s where the work comes in. But if you’re doing things you’re passionate about, that will come naturally.

Richard Branson’s motto is “Live life to the full.” and in his book “Losing My Virginity” when he was asked about maybe retiring and having a little fun now that he had sold Virgin Music to EMI he said,

Times had changed and we had 500 million pounds in the bank. But I didn’t believe in leaving it there. At this point I could of course have retired and concentrated my energies on learning how to paint water colors or how to beat my mum at golf.

People asked me: ‘Why don’t you have some fun now?’ but they were missing the point. As far as I was concerned, this was fun. Fun is at the core of the way I like to do business and it has been key to everything I’ve done from the outset. More than any other element, fun is the secret of Virgin’s success.

So if we follow Richard Branson’s lead, the question to constantly  ask ourselves would be, “Is this fun?” or “Am I having a good time doing this?”

And if you answered “No” then it may be time to try something different – maybe kite-surfing.

Have fun, make money, change the world.


Robert Kiyosaki Keys To SuccessRobert Kiyosaki, author of the Rich Dad Poor Dad series of books which have inspired people all over the world said, “The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way.”

Let me break out those keys for you below…

The Three Keys To Success:

1) Have a strong desire.
2) Dream big.
3) Learn to handle disappointment.

According to Kiyosaki these three simple concepts can and will lead you to amass great wealth and fortune. They will spur you on when times are tough and help you through whatever difficulties you may face. And we all know that there’s bound to be some trouble lurking around a corner somewhere out there.

Let’s look at the three keys to success a little more…

Understanding The Three Keys To Success

Success Key 1 – Have A Strong Desire
Robert Kiyosaki teaches us that our success will be directly influenced by the strength of our desire. That if we have weak a desire we’ll have little success. But if we have a strong desire to achieve something then that passion will give us a sure path to success.

Why is that?

Say you want to start a business, what are you willing to sacrifice to achieve that goal?

Are you willing to stay up late and get up early to work on it?

Are you willing to drag your tired butt to networking meetings so that you can build up your business contacts?

Are you willing to knuckle down and hit the library to do some research in order to find out if your business idea is financially viable?

Are you able to live modestly for a couple of years while you build the business?

Heck, are you OK with eating macaroni and cheese diners for months on end because that’s all you can afford because you’ve socked away all your money into getting your dream off the ground?

Now can you see why all the great inspirational business people all throughout time will tell you to make sure that you have a burning desire to achieve that dream.

They know that if you don’t, at the first rough patch, you’ll bail on your dreams. Frustrating the potential that seeks to express itself through you.

Success Key 2 – Dream Big
Success is going to be measured by the size of your dream according to Mr. Kiyosaki. Now what could he mean by that?

Our dreams need to rip us from the current comforts of ourselves and hurl us into unknown worlds. That way we can be challenged to grow. We can be forced to bring out the best of ourselves.

Big dreams motivate other people as well. They draw them into your life. Inspiring them to help you with your quest. Giving them a chance to express their own gifts and talents through your vision.

But even more importantly, having a big dream should really motivate and inspire you. Your dreams should lift you high. And when you reach and achieve those heights all of existence is made better by your efforts.

Success Key 3 – Learn To Handle Disappointment
Now the last thing that Robert Kiyosaki wants to do is discourage you. That wouldn’t serve any real purpose for him or you.

All the great leaders and motivators within the world want you to go for it. They want you to live your best life.

But they want you to know that there’s going to be some hard times. You’re going to get knocked down, beat up and face your fair share of disappointment. And they want to make sure that you’re ready for it. That you’re going to dust yourself off and try again. That you’re ready and willing to tap into the immeasurable power that is within you and use those resources to give it your best shot.

Will you be able to pick yourself up and dust yourself off to face yet another challenge? Or will you crumble and fall under the pressures of the world and what you’ll inevitably face to achieve your dreams?

Your success will be determined by how you handle disappointment and defeat. Handle it poorly and your world will be a reflection thereof.
But if you can handle defeat well and still hold your head up high after being thrown down to the ground, you will achieve the heights of which you set your sights upon.

So there your have it. Three keys to success: 1) Have a strong desire. 2) Dream big. 3) Learn to handle disappointment.

Now go out there and create your own success.

And remember to have fun, make money and change the world.


Dysons Secret To SuccessChai lattes, sunshine and a lazy sunday afternoon.

That’s an awesome day for me. And as I finished up my Chai and packed up my things nature called.

I wasn’t surprised. I had just gulped back a huge amount of frothy goodness.

Luckily there wasn’t a huge lineup for the loo (that’s how they say it in England I think).

I finished up, washed my hands and turned to find one of the weirdest contraptions I’ve ever seen.

I knew it was a hand-dryer. Well I guessed that it was hand dryer. It was in the spot where a hand dryer should’ve been.

I stared at it for a second. My feeble man brain trying to wrap itself around what I was actually seeing.

Here’s a picture…

Have you seen one of these before?

Like I said, it took me a second to really understand what I was looking at. Add on a couple more to actually figure out how to use it.

Then it was just pure awesomeness.

This is the best hand dryer I’ve ever used in my life. And I was curious as to what genius company figured out how to perfect this everyday piece of technology. So I looked around on the machine – guess who invented it?


That’s right. The guy who reinvented the vacuum cleaner. Seems like that just got his creative juices flowing. And he looked around the world and asked, “What else can I fix?”

And he did more than fix it. He made it awesome.

Dyson’s Key To Success

James Dyson had this to say about why he created the best hand dryer in the universe, “You put your hands under other dryers, rub them a bit, then give up and wipe your hands on your trousers. It’s something that’s always annoyed me.”

It was something that always pissed him off. And he figured that if it made him mad it probably was annoying millions of other people every day.

And that’s the trick right there. The secret sauce of success.

You don’t have to be a genius.

Just fix something that’s broken.

Take a problem that a bunch of people are having and fix it.

So the challenge for you today is to look at life through the eyes of James Dyson. Look around and see what’s broken.

Then ask yourself three questions:

  1. Can it be fixed?
  2. Are there tons of people with this same problem?
  3. Are they willing to pay money for a solution to that problem?

And then cut me a check for 10% of the profits.

Remember to have fun, make money and change the world.


Stop working - start wonderingIt’s time to stop working. Stop answering emails, putting out fires, creating to do lists, finishing those to do lists, and going to meetings. It’s time to stop everything that makes up an average day in the “working” world. It’s time to put on the brakes.

There’s nothing wrong with doing all those things. That’s the oomph needed to get things done.

But success is more than crossing things off your checklist.

Success is about pushing yourself and your business farther than you’ve been before. It’s about creating more value. Connecting deeper with your clients and customers. And truly bringing to life unimaginable excellence in everything that you do.

But it’s hard to make that leap because we’re all so busy. Continue Reading…

Success Built To LastSuccess Built To Last

by Jerry Porras, Stewart Emery and Mark Thompson

Ian’s Review of Success Built To Last: Creating A Life That Matters

I stumbled upon this book while writing Your Great Awakening and even though I didn’t base any of my book off of it I still fell in love with Success Built To Last.

Don’t be fooled by it’s plain Jane style of cover this book is filled with insight and knowledge. Wisdom that will inspire you to start to transform your life and become the success that you’ve always dreamed of. Continue Reading…

Think And Grow Rich

Ian Paul Marshall —  July 25, 2010

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon HillThink and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Ian’s Review of Think and Grow Rich

I think that every single person on the planet interested in self-improvement has read this book.

The big thing though is whether or not you’ve put these life changing principles and practices into effect in your life.

You need to take action on your definite chief aim.

This book will change your life.

It has influenced the likes of Bob Proctor, Joe Vitale, Jack Canfield and more.

This is one of the few books that I will make sure that my Son and Daughter read.

Pick up your copy of Think And Grow Rich: The Secret To Wealth Updated For The 21St Century

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Success Principles

Ian Paul Marshall —  July 25, 2010

Success principles by Jack CanfieldThe Success Principles: How To Get from Where You Are To Where You Want To Be by Jack Canfield with Janet Switzer

Ian’s Review Of The Success Principles

This is one of those books that I’m going to get my children to read.

I love this book!

I can’t remember how this book came into my life but I’m so grateful that it did.

The Success Principles is an easy and engaging read. There’s tons of stories in here to drive home the key points that Canfield is trying to get across.

I think one of my favorite things about this book is that it starts out teaching you about responsibility. That if you don’t take 100% responsibility for your life you’re never going to be a true success.

Check out the reviews of The Success Principles on Amazon.

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avatar and lifeI See You

They’re blue, 10 feet tall and they have a message for you and me.

And what is that message? We’ll get to that in a moment.

When I’m coaching someone I don’t look at what was, I look at and see what is and help to bring out what can be.

Each of us has infinite potential and the big difference is whether or not we’re going to use it.

Because the universe rewards action. Continue Reading…