Going beyond the minimum standards – Part 2 – Education

In Part 1 of this series, we explored the standards we set as a society and started to expose that they are actually at a very minimal level.

We looked in Part 1 at Work Health and Safety (WHS) – and saw that what we accept WHS means is actually far lower than what it truly means in the workplaces we share and visit.

This week, we look at education. We accept that education is teaching us something we do not know, and delivering us a qualification or piece of paper we can hang on our wall that says that we are competent and have achieved something. An accolade, yes, but is that really what education is? Continue reading “Going beyond the minimum standards – Part 2 – Education”

Going beyond the minimum standards – Part 1

Have we paused to reflect on the fact that we all accept the standards we call the baseline in life?

Our standards apply to all areas of life. They apply to legal standards, ethical standards and general benchmarks of behaviour we will accept and those we will not.

These standards are necessary. They are for the safety and protection of all in our society, and they have an important part to play. However, are they everything?

For instance, we have Work Health and Safety standards that are enshrined in legislation, which require our work places to be safe and without risk of injury or harm to anyone in the workplace. This is obviously needed. For instance, if we operate a massage or other health-care clinic, we are obliged to ensure that there are no tripping hazards, that clients can get onto and off the table without injury, and so forth. But do our standards equate to a true standard, or do they represent something less? Continue reading “Going beyond the minimum standards – Part 1”


Do you find yourself rushing often? Does it seem like no matter how much time you allow or how seemingly little you have to do before you leave, you always seem to be late?

We often try to cram in as much as possible prior to a departure – focusing on tasks we can fit in, and not paying attention to the time or allowing ourselves to get ready in grace.

But is it possible that we actually choose this?

What we need to realise is that the way we depart for an event, a work day, or a meeting of any description, is the quality we bring into that event. Continue reading “Rushing”

Investing our money – Part 3

in Part 2 of this series, we looked at building our awareness of the effect that our choices to spend money has.

The fact is, our investments either pay off hugely, and not just in financial terms, or they do not. If you invest in a great property, bought at the right time, you can watch it grow in value over time, as an asset that you nurture and value, through your consistent hard work and repayments of the mortgage, etc.

But it is not just financial. Let’s look at 2 aspects of this:

PART A: QUALITY OF LIFE Continue reading “Investing our money – Part 3”

Investing our money – Part 2

in Part 1 of this series, we looked at how our spending of money is actually an investment. We either invest wisely – in something that grows or develops or supports ourselves or others, or we tend to let it just waste away and don’t really know where it all went at the end of the day.

We can see from this that our tax return, or our balance sheet, at the end of a financial year, is actually a statement that can be read as to the health of our investments – and it says a lot about where we are at in our own quality of life. If our bottom line is very starkly red (i.e. not much there, or full of debt), then this says a lot about how we have been living. Likewise, if it is a full bottom line (to whatever level is right for us) then that indicates a depth of support and a reflection of wise investments over the period.

We can see from this that our investments are more than just financial. The reason for this is that every financial investment decision we make ends up supporting us back, or draining us.

What is the quality of financial decisions you are making? Continue reading “Investing our money – Part 2”

Investing our money – Part 1

Have we paused to think about how we use our money?

Do we splash it around, spending on impulse and then wondering why we don’t have any left at the end of a financial year? Or do we know where our money goes and make our spending decisions wisely?

We may think that managing our money carefully is something for trained accountants and tax advisers, and not for the rest of us, but this sort of attitude does not actually serve us.

What we need to come to see is that every time we spend money, on anything, we are making an investment. The investment is in ourselves, our development and therefore our future, or it can also be for the development and future of others.

Like any investment, there is a pay off. Continue reading “Investing our money – Part 1”

Taking care of you

How much do you take care of yourself, in whatever other job you may do in life?

Do you put your clients first and yourself last? Many of us were brought up to think that putting ourselves last is actually true. In fact, we were told that if we put ourselves first, then this is selfish and that is a bad thing.

But the thing is, we can only offer our clients the quality we are living ourselves. So if we’re running on an empty tank, so to speak, then we may offer our clients all we can, but this is actually a pretty withered, empty all. Conversely, if we make sure we take care of ourselves, then what we present to our clients is a fullness, a genuine care and a readiness to do what is needed. Continue reading “Taking care of you”

Building a client base

If you are starting a new business, in any other field, or if you are simply wanting to grow your business, how do you go about building or growing a client list?

Do we go for the old saying of Beg, Borrow or Steal? Do we go and purchase client or marketing lists from others? You may laugh but as we know, some companies do actually do this. Leaving that aside though, is there a better way to build your business? Continue reading “Building a client base”