“He who is waiting on the battlefield is going to win and he who is rushing and running late to the battlefield will lose” - Sun Tzu.
Whether we like it or not each day we are at battle with competitors in an effort to generate sales and ultimately profit. Too many of us are rushing from meeting to meeting, email to email, social media platform to the other and confusing activity with accomplishment.
Rushing steals your Mojo.
The great leaders in any aspect of life are the ones who take time to think, plan, ponder, and dream. The above quote from Sun Tzu author of The Art of War, one of the most popular books in history, has it right when he states that if you rush from battle a battle you will lose.
Always build time into your day for thinking. If your meeting is set at 3 PM plan to be outside the building at 2:50pm and give yourself the freedom of 10 minutes to consider the agenda, plan your strategy, or simply read a book, or listen to a podcast. Do not get to your meeting early then fill it full of texts, emails, or social media.
Think like a strategist - for learners are earners.
Many of our readers will have read the alarming news reports on just how much plastic rubbish is being found in our oceans, killing many of our sea creatures each day.
SaltWater Brewery are aiming to create a product that may help.
Saltwater Brewery is a small beer craft maker and has built at an edible package that is 100% biodegradable and made from the byproducts used in making the beer, such as barley and wheat remnants.
They're hoping that the edible sixpack beer rings will improve sea life preservation by actually feeding our marine animals rather than killing them. The sixpack beer rings which are strong enough to hold a sixpack also serve as a source of food for the ocean creatures.
Given the target of Saltwater Brewery are surfers, fisherman and people who spend their time on the water this is a perfectly targeted well thought out strategy that does the right thing and builds their brand.
DESIGN : Land & Sea Living
Waterlovt is just a beautifully designed home on the water. Think of it as an urban and ubercool houseboat. Giving you the freedom of moving your home from place to place, the beauty of magnificent design, and the comfort of a well styled architectural home.
Waterlovt is a world-class houseboat from Holland that redefines the design of your traditional houseboat to give you something of the very high standard. Thanks to its own desalination plant you have your own on-board clean fresh water, an organic waste system that can recycle waste into energy, solar panels and batteries, smart glass, a special floor with cooling and heating capabilities.
You really have a houseboat that is anything but inside the box. For the tiny home enthusiast this one is for you if you have the cash. Apart from anything the design is just stunning.
DESIGN : Kick the Tape
We love it when somebody takes a product that we have used for decades without alteration and then finds a different way to do it. The Bagel smart tape measure is a classic example of true innovation.
The Bagel smart tape measure uses a retractable string for measuring around corners for example round your waistline. Flip it on its side and there's a wheel that you can use along any surface with one hand and of course a digital display & voice recorder which takes away the necessity to have to count markers on a traditional tape measure. If you trying to get to somewhere that is not easily accessed, point the ultrasonic sensor and you're in business.
The Bagel will automatically save up to 100 measurements and send them directly to your smartphone. It's battery-operated with up to 24 hours and can be recharged with a micro USB cable.
Early adopters may want to get on to kick starter and take a bite of this bagel.
The Mojo Radio Show - EP 89 - Reboot Your Health and Change your Life Immediately - Joe Cross
How a Reboot can Change your Thinking, Mood, Performance, Energy and Self Esteem.
Joe Cross is an Aussie entrepreneur, author, filmmaker. Well known for his documentary Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, he tells the story of his juice fast travelling across the USA.
In 2005, Cross at 150 kg, suffered from an autoimmune condition, taking medications for years. He ate mainly processed foods, smoked and drank regularly. At 40, doctors told him that with his health, he would die early. He decided to travel across the USA talking about their attitudes toward food.
That launched Reboot with Joe, a movement which is sweeping the world. Joe’s done 7 books, 3 films and features in 2 others,and is travelling the world with his message. A brilliant show as Joe tells an amazing story of his journey. Every executive must hear this show.
RESOURCE : Co-Worker Space
Spacious is a new concept where a restaurant converts itself to a co-worker space during the day.
Essentially the restaurant is open to dining patrons during the evening. During the day members, who pay a monthly fee, get access to the restaurant and receive a beautiful open workspace, conference rooms, Wi-Fi, free coffee and water.
It's a great example of collaborative consumption where you find a resource that you are not using that fits the needs of others and henceforth creates a new revenue stream.
There are beautiful restaurants all over the world that have the most amazing fitout and creative settings that would be perfect environments to host meetings and to be utilized as office space.
There is no doubt of the power that comes with a great marketing story, and this is a great marketing story. Quidi Vidi Brewing Company have created a refreshing light lager brewed with 25,000-year-old iceberg water harvested from Newfoundland’s awe-inspiring icebergs. These icebergs are said to be some of the purest water on Earth. And all brew-masters know you need good quality water to make good quality beer.
Regardless of whether this beer is any good, the story alone makes you want to try one. However it must have some merit as it has won a medal in various brewing awards, although chances are that judges also fell for the story.
That being said anyone who enjoys their beer would want to give this one a crack.
IDEAS : At the Heart of the Matter
Sometime back, we reported on a sportswear brand called Sensoria who were incorporating digital technology into their clothing to monitor our health.
Their latest range of sportswear incorporates a monitor that can allow the wearer to keep an eye on their heart rate and cardiac health. Made up of a T-shirt and sports bra the new range about to be marketed through Kickstarter features built in electrodes and a clip-on heart rate monitor that will connect up to an App, designed to not only help you train effectively, it also checks that your ticker is working properly.
The App monitors your heart rate and your heart rate variability,and any cardiac irregularities. It also can send a text to your loved ones if , and alert you to potential heart attack by measuring your cardiac irregularities. Should misfortune strike and you suffer cardiac arrest during your workout, the App sends a text alert to to your loved ones along with your GPS co-ordinates, so that medical help can be urgently arranged.
There is no doubt we're going to see a lot more of this type of this health-conscious technology as it blends with fashion.
What's the Word?
We know that the brain needs exercise in order to develop and get better. Here's a simple brain exercise to try either during the morning or evenings in your journal.
Successful podcast host James Attacher talks about creativity and suggests that each day we sit with our journal and write down 10 ideas for something. Pick any topic, and write down the ideas that come to mind. 10 in total. They can be really outlandish or even ridiculous. The idea is to exercise your brain, make it work and in turn make it better and more creative.
My version would be to pick a single word and then write down 10 words that rhyme with that. There's no time constraints, no judgement. It’s just a daily exercise that can get your brain working by creating and building new connections.
The outcome is that it helps your creativity and your innovative spirit. Pick random words and the words you make up don't even need to exist - that's all part of the fun.
It's your journal, your creativity, your innovative spirit, all deployed to improve your own brain.
THE MOJO RADIO SHOW - EP 88 - Enhance Learning, Recall & Knowledge with Great Visuals - Guy Downes
Learn How to Take Better, More Effective Notes to Boost our Comprehension.
Learners are earners and this show will certainly enhance your learning. Guy Downes is a cartoonist and visual communications consultant who helps people connect and engage with what matters using a range of creative drawing techniques. Guy helps organisations draw attention to the story they need to tell, whether it’s a change process, a vision, a strategy, a new product or service or even a burning issue or opportunity through visual art. There is no doubt that doodling, using colour and visually doing drawings in your own learning environment, be it your journal or on a whiteboard is very powerful and certainly enhances your comprehension, take outs and ideas.
Rome - Built in a Day?
There is an old anecdote about three travellers who came to Rome. They went to see the Pope who asked of the first, ’How long are you going to be here?’ The man said for three months. The Pope said, ’Then you will be able to see much of Rome.’ In answer to how long he was going to stay, the second traveller replied that he could only stay for six weeks. The Pope said, ’Then you will be able to see more than the first.’ The third traveller said he would only be in Rome for two weeks, to which the Pope said, ’You are fortunate, because you will be able to see everything there is to see!’
They were puzzled – because they didn’t understand the mechanism of the mind. For me the lesson is that we think we have plenty of time and consequently put off those things which are most important. We live on Someday Isle. I like this parable because it reminds us to wake up with the dawn, with a crystal clear vision of what is important that day, the motivation to get it done, and not put it off until another day.
None of us really know how long we have. Rome was not built in a day but you can be certain that every single minute of every single hour of every single day was spent contributing to what we know as Rome today.
THE MOJO RADIO SHOW - EP 87 - The Art of Being a Great Writer & Finding Inspiration - John Corabi
The Dead Daisies are an International rock band and musical collective formed when musicians from some of the worlds biggest bands got together to collaborate to form a classic straight up rock act.
We caught up with the bands lead vocalist John Corabi to chat about creativity, writing, collaboration and getting in touch with yourself. With the bands new album out August 5th, titled "Make Some Noise” we talk through the creative process of writing and creating. We discuss where ideas come from, how to store your spark of an idea, taking inspiration for writing, and even the attributes of artists like Prince or the Beatles George Harrison.
If you have write in your day, this show is GOLD!
In order for you to get the most out of your day it's important to know what to focus on, what's important, and the stuff you want to get done.
I am all for a to-do list. The trick is not to be overwhelmed by your to-do list in that it gets in the way of creative spontaneity and thinking time. The idea of a great to do list should be to articulate exactly what your focus is for the day and the few things you need to do, that if done, will make it a great and productive day.
The discipline of a tight to-do list gives you the freedom of creative spontaneity.
For a different spin on your to-do list have a listen to Episode 21 of the Mojo Radio Show where I interview Didier Elzinger, CEO of a brilliant organisation called Culture Amp on how he organises his day to maximise productivity and performance.
A to-do list that is too long will steal your Mojo and your creative spontaneity.
The Mojo Radio Show - Ep 86 - Unlock the Greatness that Exists within Us - Olympian Drew Ginn
How to Prepare Yourself to Produce your Best Result in the Moment.
Judging by the feedback we receive from you all, it’s fair to say our audience is very interested in the Olympic thinking. Due to his popularity, Drew Ginn is a return guest to the show. Drew is an champion Australian rower and is a five-time world champion and triple Olympic gold medallist. In addition, recently he took on the world 24hr outdoor track record where he rode 836k in 24hrs.
Winning gold means you delivered the right performance at exactly the right moment.... we uncover how! Learn steps and tools you can apply everyday to unlock your own personal greatness in and out of work, and most importantly learn to be in the moment.
Useable, practical tips we can all apply!
We would all love to start a new venture, create a new product, enter a sporting event, or begin a relationship knowing that there was no possible way we could fail and end up having to face some sort of pain.
However anybody who has achieved anything in any aspect of their lives has fronted up and dealt with pain. Sadly it is part of the growing, achieving, and creative process.
Former country legend Chris LeDoux once said in a country song “losing is a place to start over again”. It is the fear of contemplating failure that prevents most of us from ever starting a new business, trying a sport, commencing a new activity, and even in some cases entering into a new relationship.
It is those that appreciate and acknowledge that failure and pain are part of the learning process of life that achieve greatness, inspire others, and end up not regretting never starting. Garth Brooks once sang “Pull down your hat tight and just LeDoux it”.