Weekly Podcast

Episode 8 – Healthy as F*ck

We are talking Healthy as F*ck by Oonagh Duncan

This week we are talking self-discipline with the book Healthy as F*ck by Oonagh Duncan.

Who is Oonagh Duncan?

She is a multi-award-winning fitness expert and author.

Oonagh’s website: https://www.oonaghduncan.com/#about

TED Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgoJjIFULDE

Healthy as F*ck book: https://www.amazon.com/Healthy-Habits-Need-Lean-Stay/dp/1492693863

Oonagh’s 7 Habits of Healthy Motherf*ckers

  1. Fill half of your plate with vegetables. Optimal 10 servings of fruit and vegetable per day.
  2. Are you getting at least 7 hours of sleep per day? Get enough sleep?
  3. Cut out booze. Back away from the booze.
  4. Do you need to chill out and practice more self love using meditation. 
  5. Do you need to reign in your portions? Nearly everyone who has excess body fat is just eating too much!
  6. Is it time to prep and plan in advance. Dedicate an hour per week to meal prep and become super efficient about what you eat.
  7. Exercise consistently. Strongest weapon. Key predictor in maintaining weigh loss in the long term.

What are the phases of changing a habit?

STAGE 1 Pre-contemplation – not thinking about changing habit

STAGE 2 – Contemplation – starts thinking about changing habits.

STAGE 3 – Preparation – started taking some steps towards making change such as research, investing in equipment, resources that will help achieve the change of habit.

STAGE 4 – Action. Starts doing, developing structures and habits that actively engage with the changing habits

STAGE 5 – Maintenance. Has been ‘doing’ the new habit consistently for a while. Self-sufficiency, solid habit loops, feels successful. The initial thrill has worn off, sometimes feels bored or complacent. Experiences compliance fatigue. If new habits are not reinforced, it can lead to the next stage.

STAGE 6 – Relapse.

—- How do we avoid relapse??

Every day of our lives is filled with ups and downs.No need to sweat the downs too much… pull back the camera and look at the bigger picture. 

Ask yourself:

Is my progress generally trending up or down?

Episode 7 – Peace Is Every Step

By Thich Nhat Hanh

“If only it were so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart? ”


by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
The Gulag Archipelago

This week’s podcast is inspired by current conflicts arising around the world. Tensions are high globally. We are experiencing war, global supply chain issues, increasing natural disaster, rising petrol prices and increased living expenses.

How do we find the calm within the storm? How do we stay grounded when everything around us seems to be falling a part?

This week we are taking inspiration from master psychologist and world renown buddhist monk the late Thich Nhat Hanh.

Who is Thich Nhat Hanh?

Thích Nhất Hạnh was born as Nguyen Xuan Bao; October 11, 1926 – January 22, 2022) was a Vietnamese Thiền Buddhist monk, peace activist, prolific author, poet, teacher, and founder of the Plum Village Tradition, historically recognized as the main inspiration for engaged Buddhism. Known as the “father of mindfulness”,[4] Nhất Hạnh was a major influence on Western practices of Buddhism.

In the mid-1960s, Nhất Hạnh co-founded the School of Youth for Social Services and created the Order of Interbeing.[3] He was exiled from Vietnam in 1966 after expressing opposition to the war. In 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. nominated him for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Th%C3%ADch_Nh%E1%BA%A5t_H%E1%BA%A1nh

Book: Peace is Every Step

Transforming feelings

The first step is to recognise each feeling. For example fear. Take out the fear, look at the fear. You know the fear springs from yourself. Mindfulness also springs from yourself. They are both in and not fighting.

Step 2 is to become one with the feeling. It is best not to say ‘go away fear, I don’t like you, go away’. It is much more effective to say ‘hello fear, how are  you today?’ and then you can invite the two aspects of yourself – mindfulness and fear to shake hands as friends and become one.

This may be scary but you know that you are more than your fear. The secret is to nourish your mindfulness with conscious breathing and keep it there so that it remains strong.

Although your mindfulness may not be very strong in the beginning, if you nourish it. It will become stronger.

Step 3 is to calm the feeling. As mindfulness is taking good care of the fear you begin to calm it down. You calm your feeling just by being with it, like a mother tenderly holding her crying baby. Feeling his mothers hold the baby will stop crying and calm down.

The mother is mindfulness, born from the depth of your consciousness and it will tend to the feelings of pain. A mother holding a baby is one with the baby. A mother focusing on other things will not calm her baby.

You need to drop everything else and just focus on holding the baby.

Do avoid your feeling. Do not tell your feeling it is not important. Come and be one with your feeling, you can say “breathing out I calm my fear”.

Step 4 is to release your feeling. Let it go. Because of your calm. Smile at it and let it go.

Calming releasing are just SYMPTOMS. Don’t stop there.

You now have the opportunity to go deeper and transform the source of your fear.

Step 5 – Look Deeply. Look into your baby deeply, even after the crying has stopped. You cannot hold your baby all the time therefore you need to look into him to see the cause of what is wrong. By looking you will see that is suffering has many causes inside and outside of his body.

By looking you will see what is needed to transform the feeling.

If something is wrong around him, if you put that in order – bringing tenderness and care to the situation, he will feel better. 

Looking into your baby, you see the elements that make him cry and when you see them you will know what to do and what not to do to set him free.

This is similar to the process of psychotherapy.

A therapist looks at the nature of the pain.

Often the therapist can uncover sources of pain that stem from the way the patient looks at things.

The beliefs he holds about himself, his culture and the world.

The therapist examines these view points and beliefs with the patient.

Together they help free him from the prison he has been in.

But the patients effort is crucial. The teacher has to give birth to the teacher within his student.

And the psychotherapist has to give birth to the psychotherapist within his patient.

The patients internal psychotherapist can then work full time in an effective way.

The therapist does not treat the patient by simply giving him another set of beliefs.

She tries to help him see which kinds of ideas and beliefs have led to his suffering.

Many patients want to get rid of their painful feelings but they do not want to get rid of their beliefs.

Their viewpoints are at the very roots of their feelings.

So the therapist and the patient have to work together so they see things as they are.

The same is true when we use mindfulness to transform our feelings.

After recognising the feeling, becoming one with it, calming it down, releasing it – we can look deeply into its causes which are often based on inaccurate perceptions.

As soon as we understand the causes and nature of our feelings they begin to transform themselves.

Mindfulness of anger

Anger is unpleasant feeling. It is like a flame burning out of control that causes us to say and do things that we regret later.

When someone is angry we can see clearly someone is abiding in hell. Anger and hatred are materials from which hell is made. A mind without anger is calm cool and safe.

A mind absent of anger is the basis of happiness. It’s the basis of love and compassion.

Our awareness of our anger does not suppress it or drive it out.

When we are angry we are not inclined to turn to ourselves.

We can say to ourselves:

“Breathing in, I know that anger is in me.

Breathing out, I know that I am my anger.

If we follow our breathing closely while we identify our anger it can no longer monopolise our consciousness.

Awareness can be called upon to be a companion for our anger.

Our awareness of our anger does not suppress it or drive it out.

Mindfulness is not a judge. It is more like an older sister caring for her younger sister in an affectionate and caring way.

We can concentrate on our breathing to know ourselves fully. When we are angry, we are not usually inclined to return to ourselves. 

We want to think about the person who is making us angry. We want to think about his hateful aspects, his rudeness, dishonesty, cruelty, maliciousness, etc. The more we think about him, look at him or listen to him – the more our anger flares.

This anger may be real, imagined or fantasy but in fact, the root of the problem is the anger itself.

We have to come back and look first of all inside ourselves. It is better if we do not listen to or look at the person we consider to be the cause of our anger. Like a fireman, we have to pour water on the blaze first and not waste time looking at the one who set the house on fire.

“Breathing in, I know that I am angry.

Breathing out, I know that I must put all my energy into caring for my anger.”

So we refrain from thinking about the other person or saying or doing anything as long as the anger persists. 

When we are angry, we are the anger itself. We can be aware the anger is within us, it is an energy – a waste like a compost heap. We know the compost can be transformed into beautiful flowers.

We may see the compost and flowers as opposite but when we look deeply we see that the flowers already exist in the compost. And… the compost already exists in the flowers.

It only takes a couple of weeks for a flower to decompose. When a good organic gardener looks into her compost she can see that and does not feel disgusted. Instead she values the rotting material and does not discriminate against it. It takes only a few months for compost to give birth to flowers.

We need the insight and non-dual vision of the gardener with regard to our anger. We need not be afraid of it or reject it.

We know that anger can be a kind of compost and that it is within its power to give birth to something beautiful.

Gradually we can transform anger completely into peace, love, and understanding.

Check the book out here: https://www.amazon.com/Peace-Is-Every-Step-audiobook/dp/B00WY7MELU

Episode 6 – The $1000 Project

Episode 6 – The $1000 project by Canna Campbell

Who is Canna Campbell?

She is the founder and director of financial media platform, SugarMamma.TV and author of The $1000 Project & Mindful Money. A licensed Financial Planner for almost 19 years and founder of SASS Financial Services a financial planning firm.

Canna Campbell’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/SugarMamma

The $1000 Project book: https://www.amazon.com.au/1000-Project-Canna-Campbell/dp/0143788086

What is the $1000 Project??

Canna Campbell decided to start a project to save money so she could consistently earn passive income. She did this by saving parcels of $1000 at a time and then putting the cash into blue chip shares.

Canna Campbell’s Guidelines/Rules for the $1000 project

Guideline 1 – Be mindful with your money 

Money earned over and above your usual salary. You make real savings count. This is what makes your money grow as soon as possible.

Acknowledge and show gratitude for these financial blessings. Every single dollar adds up.

No matter how small or big your financial windfall – make it count.

Guideline 2 –  Work within your real life

Live your life as you previously did. Go through your budget and look at what you do and don’t really need.

You may find you value what you spend money on even more. Take more care for what you do have.

Throw out everything you don’t need in your life. It will liberate you.

Start from a place of self-love and nurturing you.

Guideline 3 – Consistency is King or Queen

As soon as you have a saving, no matter what you do to earn that saving, then place those funds into the savings account immediately.

By making this the goal you focus your attention on and open your awareness to opportunities to make money and save money.

If you check it daily and keep track of it you will become addicted.

You need to see regular and consistent wins on the board to keep you focused.

Give YOUR goals the best rules and timeframe you can. You have nothing to lose.

EARN IT

The $1000 project sets to show you that you are not a victim of circumstance – you can get up and make it happen. You’ll need to get out of your comfort zone.

It’s achievable. It’s worth it. Even if it’s not always easy.

Get creative.

First step to earning extra money – brainstorm as many ideas as you can to earn more money. The crazier the better. Some of your crazy ideas could be cash cows. Think of things you can realistically do today.

Second – make a list of things that will make you money that inspire you. If you can come up with money creating ideas that you value and love it won’t even matter. Look for things that can enrich your life.

Money creation ideas:

  •  sell old items on ebay, garage sale, etc.
  • dog walk
  • house-sit
  • Baby-sit
  • Tutoring
  • Take on weekend work that doesn’t clash with your day job
  • Photography – develop and sell photography skills (if you’re talented)
  • Rent rooms or your home out 
  • Offer experiences to tourists – surfing, pottery, 
  • Rent your car out – good if you don’t use your car often.
  • Start a rental business. – rent out dresses and handbags for special events
  • Drop ship
  • Start a small business – start small, before you make any major commitment.
  • Deliver food
  • Proof reading work
  • Get paid to test apps
  • Uber driver

Money saving ideas

  • Meal planning 
  • Enjoy night in
  • Research before you go to the store & save
  • Loyalty programs
  • Be mindful of gas/electricity/petrol usage
  • Shorter showers
  • Look for quality over quantity
  • Change recreational spending habits
  • Swap or borrow items with friends
  • Carry a reusable bottle of water 
  • Invest in slow cooker and cook in bulk
  • Take more public transport
  • Build capsule wardrobe – small collection of clothes you really love and can mix and match to change it up

Every time you make savings you MUST transfer it into your dedicated account

If you honestly reflect on what makes you happy in life you realise it has to do with connection. Connecting with loved ones. Creating a space with the people you love. None of that 

Knowing you put in effort rather than paying for effort is long-lasting.

Canna  Campbell’s FRUGAL FEBRUARY – how much can you save in the next month??

What did she learn?

  • A lot more about her value system
    • Spending more time in nature.
    • walking/exercise/fitness
  • A lot more about her weaknesses and danger zones – 
    • Eat a meal before you leave the house to avoid coffee & 
    • Unsubscribing from fashion blogs
    • Avoiding shopping malls

Canna Campbell’s youtube video: How to manifest money

She holds a spiritual belief around money and how it flows,

The key is to look at money like energy and be open to the flow of money

  • You respect and appreciate it especially when it flows towards you; and
  • Show gratitude to what it helps you create.
  • You need to use your words in a positive and considerate manner
  • Grow, learn, become more self aware

Foundations for your financial future

When you are building a house (a house that can survive all weather conditions over the course of time) you need strong solid foundations. That way whenever these disasters occur your house will remain standing.

Building financial foundations in your life is very similar.

What should the top priorities be when laying the foundations for your future financial stability?

  • The goals you have set for yourself and the $1,000 project will always be your number one focus.
  • Having goals that matter to you and give you a sense of purpose and direction is essential for your happiness and energy for this journey.

How can you use the principles from the $1000 project to create long-term financial freedom??

Things you may like to add to your list of goals

  • Step 1 – reduce/wipe out toxic debt in your life
    • Car loans, homeloans, credit cards
    • Healthy debt is money you use to purchase shares, invest in companies, managed funds, etc – things that help build your wealth over time 
    • Generally speaking if you borrow money to purchase something that generates an income (such as investment property) you can claim the cost of borrowing the money (ie. interest) off the money you receive. Debt has its place.
    • Ideally you want NO toxic debt and SOME healthy debt

Debt from worst to least worst

Priority 1 – credit card debt. The worst kind of debt you can have. Highest interest rate. Damaging to your credit rating. Hard to maintain or pay off. Credit card debt will negatively affect your credit rating. Pay this off as soon as possible. Not tax deductible, no capital growth or passive income gained.

 It also has a positive impact on your attitudes. Often to pay off debt we have to overcome a number of emotions: shame, guilt, disgust. Carrying around these feelings isn’t good for you.

Priority 2 – personal loans/car loans. High-interest rates, harmful to financial attitude, negative impact on your credit rating. Usually used to purchase a depreciating asset. Save on interest and pay it off quickly using the $1000 Project. Eg. if you have a 5 year loan of $7000 and can come up with 3 parcels of $1000 in a year you could pay off your loan 1.5 years early saving yourself $4000 in interest!!!

Priority 3 –  student loans and hecs debt. Many people are complacent about putting attention on their student loans. This is an indexed loan. Compulsory repayment rate is 4-8% of your income until it is paid off. Having large amounts of student debt can reduce the amount of money you are allowed to borrow.

Priority 4 – home loans. If you are paying principal and interest it is better, however the interest is still. Pay it off as quickly as possible. Having a 30 year loan and paying it off at a minimum is going to cost you a lot of money. You could save yourself $100,000s and pay off the loan 10 years in advance!

Priority 5 – emergency fund account. having an emergency fund account can save you from reaching for a credit card or personal loan. Having a nice amount in savings can help to reduce the stress in your life. In Canna’s opinion – whatever will work for you. Someone young with few responsibilities may like a small amount – a family may want 6 months worth of savings.

Priority 6 – wealth creation. The best place to start is to work out how much money you need to live the life you desire. First write down all of your living expenses. Keep a spending diary for a month or check your bank statements carefully. Check the TRUE cost of living. This can be enlightening and painfully grounding. Then dream of your IDEAL LIFE and allow that to guide what you keep in and what you let go of. Know your MAGIC NUMBER. As soon as you know it – start working towards it immediately. Start investing in passive income and watch it grow over time towards reaching your goals!!!

PASSIVE INCOME

Work because you choose to not because you have to! Imagine how great that would feel.

Building naturally growing passive income is a great financial goal to have.

Passive income allows freedom to work when and where you like. To give to charities. To go on holiday. Freedom to walk away when something is not working for you.

Canna’s passive income investment strategy is investing in shares – with a focus on Blue Chip shares.

What is a blue chip share?

Shareholdings in a huge company with an excellent reputation. These are typically large, well-established, and financially sound companies that have operated for many years and that have dependable earnings, often paying dividends to investors.

Understand the basics – 

Check out the share trading course you can take for free through the ASX below:

https://www2.asx.com.au/investors/investment-tools-and-resources/online-courses

Canna suggests turning to ETF’s (exchange traded funds) or LIC’s (listed investment companies) if you do not feel confident with your knowledge of companies and the markets.

Another similar option is managed funds.

The key is be clear on the following:

What are your goals?

What is your timeframe for investment?

What is your risk appetite?

This will help direct where to invest to reach your financial goals.

When you start investing your risk appetite may be a lot lower than as you build your wealth you may have increased funds to allow for a higher risk appetite. As you grow and diversify your investments you reduce your financial risk and can weather losses in one or two investments better.

Never stop growing your financial knowledge and experience.

Rest Revive Reward.

If you set yourself a powerful enough goal you will develop your resilience and endurance.

It can be consuming. Ticking the parcel off the list.

Episode 5 – Extreme Ownership

This week we are talking about self-discipline as discussed in Extreme Ownership: How Navy SEALS lead and win by Jocko Willink & Leif Babin.

It’s no surprise that the key principle expressed by the book is…. Extreme Ownership.

What does that mean?

It means not making excuses ever. Never blaming others. Owning your failures wholeheartedly and when working in a team, encouraging and cultivating a team culture where each member takes complete ownership for the success of the team.

The book goes through a number of key principles of what extreme ownership looks like which we will discuss further below.

  • no bad teams only bad leaders – if your team isn’t performing, you are responsible for the failure of the team. you need to go back to the drawing board and do things differently.
  • In order to achieve you need to believe achievement is possible. You have to believe first that what you want to achieve can be done.
  • Keep it simple. Simple communication. Having a clear mission that everyone can get on board with is important for free flow of communication. If it’s too complicated you will lose people and you will lose your way.
  • Have a plan. Be prepared for the plan to change.
  • Cultivate and encourage a culture of extreme ownership.

Finally – and this is my personal favourite – Jocko Willink reminds us that ultimately discipline = freedom.

Discipline is waking up early, doing the hard yards, consistently showing up but when we are disciplined we buy ourselves freedom in our lives.

Discipline is the pathway to your freedom. What a great motivator to stay on track.

Episode 4 – Minimalism

Minimalism with Mari Kondo, Kiku Katana, Josh Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus

This week we are exploring Minimalism.

Is less really more? What would your life be like if you had less? This week we deep dive into the benefits of Minimalism. What is minimalism all about? How does it work? We have called on experts in the field to explore the topic in greater depth.

BELIEF: That more is better. That happiness is something that can be purchased with a credit card.

Minimalism – Getting Started…

REALITY: Minimalism brings freedom and allows people freedom from consumerism. Allows relationships to prosper and deepen because caring for others becomes less about what you can buy each other and more about valuing the people and the experiences you can share with them.

Allows for life to slow down, become unencumbered, only keep what you need and live life intentionally. 

Minimalist life is consistent and holistic. Counterculture.

KIKU KATANA’s ACTIONABLE STEPS

  1. List current commitments you have
  2. Set priority from most to least essential
  3. Eliminate the least essential in sequence
  4. Start the process every month up until the point where you are ONLY doing things that give the most value.
  5. Say “No” to the things that do not move you in the direction you would like to go
  6. Sincerely ask yourself if you honestly NEED something?

MARI KONDO’s STAGES of ‘getting your house in order’ both physically and metaphorically:

Before you start – VISUALISE YOUR DESTINATION

Begin by identifying your goal. Why did you pick up the book? What do you hope to gain from tidying? Visualise the ideal lifestyle you are hoping to attain.

Two Stages:

  1. Discarding
  2. Tidying up

Kondo notes its important to finish discarding before you start tidying.

She uses a method she has created herself starting with clothes, then books, kitchen and bathroom and finally miscellaneous items.

Finally Josh and Ryan from The Minimalists at http://www.theminimalists.com had unique methods that worked for them

Josh – remove one item per day until you month’s later find yourself in a decluttered home.

Ryan – have a packing party and then only retain the items you used in the first 3 weeks. discard the rest.

REFLECTIONS

Minimalism is an artform. A way of life. It is about intentional living and making sure everything has a place, is being used, nourished and loved. Likewise by surrounding yourself only by things you love, need and use regularly you are loving, nourishing and nurturing yourself, your soul, your life.

It’s about self-respect and self-love and along with that come a number of hidden benefits – increased coffers due to less spending, less weight, increased productivity, clarity, a sense of direction, purpose meaning.

I don’t know about you – I am sold.

Check out each authors title at the following locations:

Mari Kondo’s “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”

Kiku Katana’s “Minimalism”

Josh & Ryan “The Minimalists”

Episode 3 – On Fire

This week we are discussing On Fire by Thomas Cromwell… his review of the FIRE movement – Financially Independent Retire Early

This week we are discussing “On Fire” by Thomas Cromwell.

Tom Cromwell professes to be a financial planner. His credentials are vague. In On Fire he reviews the FIRE movement (which stands for Financially Independent Retire Early).

The core objective under the movement is to release yourself from the shackles of debt and achieve Financial Freedom.

Sounds Great! I am sold. Where do I start?

Tom’s narrative suggests that entering into the world of FIRE is not for the fainthearted. The key requirements to achieve success:

  • Time
  • Discipline

The earlier you start saving with the utmost discipline in execution of your strategy the more likely you will reap wonderful returns at a younger age. He suggests you need a plan and you need to consistently stick to the plan and not be swayed by emotion or the volatility of the market.

Tom recommends having a budget and refers the reader to his budgeting tool at https://personalfinancewizard.com

The idea behind FIRE is to live frugally, save as much and invest as much as you can starting from as young as possible. It’s important to know your numbers – How much do you need to retire? What kind of lifestyle are you hoping to achieve? etc.

Diversification of investments is the key – though the book is heavily swayed towards stocks and buying shares. He notes the share market has on average over the past century returned 9 or 10 per cent consistently.

Index funds are safer because they reflect the overall market. If you want to invest in individual shares you need to do your research.

Overall I found the book insightful. I am definitely seduced by the idea of Financial Independence and Financial Freedom.

If you want to check it out you can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nlstWseuwg

Next episode we are discussing Minimalism!! Can’t wait.

Disclaimer: This content is a personal opinion only and in no way constitutes financial advice and should not be relied on. You should always complete your own research and seek advice before investing or making important financial decisions for your situation.

Episode 2 – The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

Episode 2 – The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

This week we are discussing The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma.

The podcast series will be rotating through three arms of development as follows:

Developing your vision How do you find out what it is you want in life?

Cultivating self-discipline What skills, practices and habits do I need to cultivate on a daily basis to get there?

Cultivating wealth and abundance What resources do I need to get where I am going? How do I build those resources in your life?

Robin Sharma is a lawyer come self-development coach. He has authored a number of books on self-development and coaching. I highly recommend checking all of them out.

In the Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, the secrets to the art of timeless radiant living are hidden in a fable.

“You are sitting in the most magnificent garden you have ever seen. The garden is filled with flowers. Feel you have all the time in the world to indulge in the beauty of the garden.

tHere is a towering light house. 9 ft tall 900 pound sumo wrestler comes out of a red door. He has a pink cable protecting his private parts. He finds a shiny gold stop watch which someone had left behind years earlier.

Slips on it and falls to the ground unconscious. He is stirred by fragrance of beautiful roses. 

He looks to the left and sees a long winding path covered in diamonds. He is compelled to take the path and this path leads him to everlasting joy and eternal happiness”

The symbols in the fable represent a principle in the art of living as follows:

  • The most magnificent garden – represents your mind. You have to stand guard at the entrance of your garden and only let the best quality material in. You must weed your garden of the negative thoughts and water the positive thoughts daily.
  • The lighthouse – is about achievement and setting goals. When we set goals, put them to paper and then focus on them we are flagging the goal as a priority for our subconscious and unconscious mind to focus on. writing down your goals in a dream book, creating SMART goals (being specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound), and setting goals for each segment of your life are all suggested.
  • Japanese Sumo Wrestler – represents the art of Kaizen, meaning constant and never ending improvement. He mentions the 10 principles of radiant living (see below)
  • The pink cable – represents self-discipline. This idea that each wire in the cable is weak by itself but when layered one on top of the other, the cable becomes as strong as steel. This is the symbol of daily practice.
  • The Golden Stop Watch – represents your most precious commodity. Time. You cannot ever get time back so make the most of your time, prioritise, time manage, focus only on what matters, disregard all else.
  • The Fresh Yellow Rose – represents service to others. Sharma mentions a Chinese proverb “a little bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives you roses” meaning when you improve the lives of others you indirectly elevate your own life in the process.
  • A long windy path studded with millions of tiny diamonds – represents “Living in the now”. The most important moment is now. Learn to live and savour it accordingly. Happiness is a journey, not a destination. Live for today. There will never be another one quite like it.