You can’t be Steve jobs, but you can have his passion!

I have the upmost respect for the new CEO Tim Cook who I feel has the unenviable task of following one of the greatest icons of our time. Tim clearly understands the brand, he has lived it for many years. The man has every qualification you could want to lead Apple forward. I actually really wanted the keynote to be a smash hit. But when he stood on stage there was one thing missing that just failed to excite the audience, especially me.

In life, No dream can be realized whilst you remain asleep

Wake up and realize that you are in control of your life, you are the one that will make your dreams come to life, you are the one that will fill your mind with positivity and love for the incredible person you are. Wake up and live the life you have been gifted because at the end of the day it is only you that goes back to sleep knowing, “I did everything I could to live my dreams.”

Your dreams may be closer than you think

Many times in our lives we look around and see others seemingly floating through life without a care in the world. Things just seem to happen easily for them and dreams just seem to be falling in their laps. In comparison we often have the impression we are standing still, or worse going backwards. Our dreams seem to be distant shadows far off on the horizon in a foggy day, a feeling that can break even the strongest of spirits.

But what do not often realize is the people who we are watching are having the same struggles, but with one difference. The difference is simply not accepting that things are not possible, accepting that with a little hard work and luck one dream could come true. I firmly believe positive thoughts bring a positive return from the universe and if you truly believe a dream you have is possible, it will bring you within reach. I say within reach because just thinking something will never achieve anything, that’s the easy part! We have to set the wheels in motion ourselves by planning and actively moving towards your dreams. You may decide the original dream was not what you thought it promised, but the place you will find yourself is a place where things are a little clearer, the fog has lifted and you can see dreams everywhere.

I, like most people, have faced disappointment with business failures or rejection from a company you really want to work for, but that is just part of life. How would you appreciate climbing a mountain if anyone could just stroll up and plant a flag at the top without any effort. Whatever you dream of doing, make it happen or at least start today by putting the wheels in motion to get you closer, and remember it is not always about the final destination but rather what you learn on the journey. Happy trails and good luck.

Everyone needs a hero

No matter who you are, where you live or what you do, there is always someone who can influence you. A heroic figure that, for any reason, makes you smile, makes you feel good about yourself or at the very least makes you want to be a better person. It gives us something to aim at, something to strive for on a daily basis and breaks that monotony of being in a rut which can so easily happen when we are just going through the motions of life.

My father has always been a hero of mine. I always thought that if I could be half the father to my kids that he was to my brother and I, they would be very lucky. Another hero of mine is Steve Jobs, predictable I know but the man’s ambition, drive and insight into what drives (drove) Apple to it’s lofty heights is nothing short of remarkable. Another hero would be Richard Branson, I do not have the words to describe my respect for this man and I am sure if he went into politics he would be living in number 10 Downing Street! Such is the love for the man by the real people of England who want it to return to greatness, or at least instill some long lost pride!

I have other hero’s from photography, design, typography, advertising and so on. In fact my life is full of hero’s that in everything I do I try to be the best I can be. It is something that my first hero, my father, instilled into my brother and I, as children. A real superman who put others before himself and gave us everything we ever wanted. Of course he couldn’t have done it alone and a super woman behind him, my mother. Who is your hero?

THE BEAUTY OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Social media has the power to do many things. It helps in informing people about natural disasters, helps companies communicate directly with consumers, Helps people discuss, learn, educate and hear the latest news about topics they are passionate about. Social Media also helps people of all ages come together in ways we probably have never seen in the history of our race. It’s an exciting step, but with it comes a caution.

With everything in our world that is good there has to be the balance of bad that we need to understand before making judgments about whether something should be stopped or celebrated. It happened with comic books in the early part of their history, claiming to be creating a culture of negativity and violence. This is something we have also seen with movies, games and anything new, because new things make people nervous. Not everyone is able to embrace change so easily.

But we need to look at what we have and what social media has given people in all corners of our world. For some it is the only place to be themselves or even interact with people without judgment, prejudice or dependant on the physical attributes of who you are. In a world where the media has distorted our own image of what beauty really is, social media puts substance over appearance at the head of the class. In a world full of eating disorders, plastic surgery and self hate about how we look, Social Media is helping give people confidence in the person inside rather than an exterior image that is currently portrayed on the covers of magazines.

WHY SOCIAL MEDIA CAN BE MORE SOCIAL THAN THE REAL WORLD

Social media has been taking a real battering all over the world during the past year. From Iran, Egypt, Bahrain and even places like London questioning whether social media should be allowed to maintains it’s place in our lives has shocked many people to their core. When Iran closed Twitter and facebook their was uproar around the world that it showed the oppressive state in action. Equally when Hosni Mubarak did the same in Egypt, every corner of the globe condemned the dictatorship and rallied with the protestors. So was London any different?

Well London was fueled by people who just wanted to cause trouble and steal. This had nothing to do with a person being shot, it had nothing to do with anything other than mindless fools trying to make the most out of a difficult situation. But surely the answer is not to turn off the power, especially in a country that prides itself on freedom of speech and respect for all. Surely Social Media, although a place where people can arrange things, is also a place where authorities can monitor the trouble makers and make arrests where necessary? So rather than being a problem for the police it actually, if they use it right, will be an added area of security.

To shut down social media anywhere will take away from people who have truly found a voice in a world where they have felt alienated, lonely and separated from a chance to connect with people on a daily basis. It is no exaggeration to say that for some people the social media ecosystem is the only place that they really feel happy, comfortable and part of a community. And surely, isn’t that something we should all fight for?

SHOULD’VE, COULD’VE & WOULD’VE ARE ALL HOLDING YOU BACK

Do you relive conversations wondering or second-guessing what you could’ve or should’ve said? Do you spend time worrying about what a certain word or phrase ‘really’ meant in an email or discussion you had the day before? I know I have! In fact I have to work very, very hard not to waste my time over analyzing every single conversation, presentation, argument or whatever I have, because the truth is it just doesn’t do anything to help me move forward.
In fact these words Would’ve, could’ve and Should’ve tend to hang like baggage around your neck, dragging along the floor behind you. The more you worry the heavier the dragging mess of concern becomes and the burden is just too much for anyone. The slower walk gradually brings you to a halt in life.

You could of course add if, maybe and many more words to the things that are holding you back in life. So why don’t we cut free? Well if you are like me, you tend to be strolling merrily through life one day only to suddenly realize the walk is not as easy as it was the day or week before. And here is where you can change the way you live your life.
You could start, as I am trying to, analyzing what it is that is troubling you but rather than start to relive the same experiences over and over again, just try quickly to understand what was said and what you learned from that moment. Memories are wonderful things, but life is too short to be reliving old moments, especially when there are millions of new ones waiting for you around the corner. So try to remember not to take excess luggage as you go through life; It just costs you more than you really should to be paying.

MAYBE, THE ONLY LIMITS YOU HAVE ARE IN YOUR MIND.

Do you believe that some people are lucky and others are not? Do you think that no matter what you do in your life you will never achieve your dreams? Then you are the one that is holding you back. You are the barrier that is stopping you move ahead in life and you are the pushing away all the wonderful things that your life could be. And I have been the worst culprit at this in times of my life, but it taught me valuable lessons I keep with me today.

Life happens! Things go wrong, financial crises appear only two months after you start a business (Yes this happened to me!) and you se other people seemingly float through life whilst you are stuck in the quagmire of doubt. The power of the mind is something we are still far from truly understanding, but stop for a minute, and just look around. Take Steven Hawkings, A man whose body is literally wasting away before his eyes due to motor neurone disease. But the man is a giant due to the power of his mind.

Steven Hawkings, a man who seems to have more letters after his name than actually in it, continues to amaze the world with his insights and his determination that no obstacle will come into his way as he makes the most out of his life. We can’t all be as clever as Steven, But we are not all faced with his difficulties, so whatever is in the way of you right now, you have to believe you can over come it and achieve everything you want. You have to reach for the stars and try to reach the unreachable, you may surprise yourself along the way. Good luck!

HAVE THE CONFIDENCE TO WALK THROUGH ANY NEGATIVITY

No matter what you do in life, personal or professional, there will be people who have negative thoughts or actions towards you. Most of the time it is not even something conscious by them, but rather something that just stems from their personality or situation they are in at the time. The confidence you have in yourself will be half the battle, your actions in putting your plan into action, will do the rest.

Self doubt is one of the main reasons for failure in life. There are, of course, many situations that are just impossible to avoid, such as the recent financial crises, but confidence in yourself can help you overcome anything that comes in your path. You can, for example, imagine your confidence being like your health, if you do not exercise and eat correctly your health will suffer.

It is the same thing with confidence, it’s a constant process of building up your self esteem, giving yourself a pat on the back and making sure, on top of the big goals you have, have smaller goals that are attainable and reward yourself along the way. This helps immensely in gaining the momentum you need to succeed.

Very soon you will realize that you don’t even see or feel the negativity any more, because your focus is on the positive aspects of what you are doing and where you are going. So as you walk forward today, do so with confidence.