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An old gentleman lived alone in New Jersey. He wanted to plant his annual tomato garden, but it was very difficult work, as the ground was hard. His only son, Vincent, who used to help him, was in prison at New Jersey State Prison in Trenton, NJ. The old man wrote a letter to his son and described his predicament:

Dear Vincent,

I am feeling pretty sad because it looks like I won’t be able to plant my tomato garden this year. I’m just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. I know if you were here my troubles would be over. I know you would be happy to dig the plot for me, like in the old days.

Love,

Papa

A few days later he received a letter from his son.

Dear Papa,

Don’t dig up that garden.
That’s where the bodies are buried.

Love,

Vinnie

At 4 a.m. the next day, FBI agents and local police arrived and dug up the entire area without finding any bodies. They apologized to the old man and left. That same day the old man received another letter from his son.

Dear Papa,

Go ahead and plant the tomatoes now. That’s the best I could do under the circumstances.

Love you,

Vinnie

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I know that most people who read this blog post will think it’s just a joke, but it is and it isn’t. I teach Exponential Mindset Thinking which embraces doing out-of-the-ordinary things to create extra-ordinary results.

Easier said than done.

Today’s joke is just another tool I use to create a pattern interrupt in my clients’ thinking – to get them to put aside limiting beliefs and think outside the square (or box).

Easier said than done.

If it was easy, everyone would be successful and rich…

 

 

The duality of English/French Canada and what it means to you as an Australian

I recently spent a week in my hometown of Montreal. It’s in the French province of Quebec in eastern Canada. Ignoring the separatist Quebec issues and constitutional legal wrangling involved, the linguistic and cultural duality of Canada was something I took for granted when I grew up and lived there.

This recent visit was the first time, since I emigrated to Australia 12 years ago, that I fully re-immersed myself into the French culture. As a result, I had a paradigm shift.

When I am thinking in French (I am fluently bilingual so I don’t translate when I speak either language), I actually have different thoughts, analytical patterns and even specific emotions for each language. It is largely due to syntax, vocabulary, linguistic structure, local expressions and vernacular that trigger different parts of the brain including memories and emotional anchors.

The reason this is relevant and important for you as a business person who isn’t Canadian, is because without total immersion or even exposure to a different ‘world view’ – you will remain restricted within your ‘world’ and will continue to have the same thoughts over and over again.

That doesn’t mean you need to become Canadian, learn French (or any other language, although that is a wonderful skill to have) but you do need, from time to time, to extract yourself from the day-to-day monotony of running your business to stimulate and encourage different thoughts and thinking patterns.

It’s one of the reasons I enjoy traveling – even domestic travel stimulates the senses. However, the more culturally diverse your exposure, the better.

This has been one of the most powerful insights I’ve had in quite some time. Often the greatest and most valuable epiphanies are within the realm of our own experiences, we just need something, someone to rattle them out of us!

If you’d like to join an environment that creates and encourages these kinds of enlightened revelations, contact us and we’ll guide you through the various programs we have available. We have options for a wide range of budgets as well as matched to your level of ambition and drive.

Happy Penguin Metaphor

If you haven’t seen this video, it’s a great metaphor for Exponential Mindset Thinking™, coming up with great solutions to apparently “unsolvable problems”. We have an event coming up called Etch-A-Sketch Thinking In The iPad Age that introduces you to this idea of coming up with fresh new ideas that get you out of trouble quickly and easily!