Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Free cure to overcome the embarrassment of being bald

It was devastating to be told that I was going bald at 17 years old. I sometimes wonder if it was the stress of this news that hastened the follicles being washed down the drain in the shower.

Being a teenager in the 80's I grew up wanting to be like Thomas Magnum from Magnum PI. It was difficult coming to terms that I was more likely to star as Higgins.

Although I had anticipated that I would inherit the baldness gene from my grandfathers, it was still difficult to come to terms with going bald. I tried a few home remedies which didn't work.

What changed was my attitude. Rather than hiding my baldness, I embraced it & cut my hair short. At one stage I shaved my head, but my pasty skin made me look ill, so I stick to stubble now.

I also chose not to use hair regrowth formulas or a wig or toupee. So (in my mind) I choose to be bald. Taking control of my baldness gives me a feeling of power & control. Rather than changing my head, I changed my attitude & feel comfortable with my baldness.

Organ donors

Some countries have a higher organ donor rate than others. In New Zealand 2 of the major issues seems to be that the next of kin are too emotional to make decisions and medical staff are not always comfortable asking permission.

I wonder whether a special donor tattoo could be developed and hygienically applied to indicate whether a person is an organ donor?

This could certainly increase our donor rates.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Catchy & inspirational

Kevin Roberts from Saatchi & Saatchi has written about Lovemarks & sisomo.

My 11 year old son introduced me to a fabulous ad from Discovery Channel that embraces the concepts of Lovemarks & sisomo. It engages the passion of the presenter with the passion of the viewer and we are given an insight to the world that the presenter loves.

I love the world too!

Monday, August 4, 2008

The story of food

Tonight I got to share the passion of Martin Bosley. He spoke of his love affair not just for food, but the creation of a dish that has a story.

He knows the people that catch the fish & his dishes do justice by bring together tastes & textures that delight the palate.

His 7 tips for meal time:
  1. Create ceremony & occasion - even if its just once a week.
  2. Nobody needs an excuse to dine out.
  3. Be passionate about local food.
  4. Provide exceptional service.
  5. Use authenticity as an edge.
  6. Be innovative.
  7. Be a passionate ambassador.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Book review: Advance to go - collect $1 million

I first heard about Kirsty Dunphey's story on a newsletter I subscribe to. I was intrigued to find out how someone so young could make so much money so quickly.

Kirsty's first book is a mix of her own story, her experience and the lessons she shares about being successful.

I found the writing style made the book easy to read. Including inspirational quotes, checklists for buying property and lessons on customer service made the book appealing to a broad range of readers.

What did I get from the book?
If I was starting in property investment or starting a business, the advice in the book is valuable as a starting point where Kirsty shares her experiences and techniques for success.

One of my favourite chapters included great marketing techniques that don't cost a bomb. She introduced me to a new acronym - RED (Rip-off, Expand, Duplicate) for finding something that already works for others. Examples of things that work include:
  • Hand-written thank you cards.
  • Recognising good service.
  • Remembering the wine drinkers.
  • Never forgetting the kids (or pets).
  • Delivering stress relieving pizzas.

I recommend this book to anyone looking for an inspirational story that had me wondering why I hadn't achieved what she had at the same age and then asking myself what's stopping me now?

I will be giving it to my kids to read!

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