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Bad Driver - 5th August 2007

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With a rush of adrenalin I slammed my foot to the floor. The car shuddered as the ABS kicked in and I wondered for what seemed like an eternity whether the car coming towards me would stop in time.


A few minutes earlier I had finished my porridge, read a book to the kids, picked up my organiser and contemplated my busy schedule for the day. With a sudden enthusiasm to get started I jumped into the car and headed off to the office.

I was driving down a single lane road and as I came round a bend I saw car some way off coming towards me. I missed a passing place and focused on getting as far down the road as possible, as more frequently as not the driver coming in the opposite direction was thinking likewise!


We both realised, at the same moment, that if we did nothing the inevitable was about to happen, and we slammed on our brakes. Fortunately we stopped with plenty of room to spare

Then like a shoot out, at the Ok Corral, we both waited to see who would reverse,

Finally I slipped the car into reverse and backed the 30m to the passing place, before finally getting back on my way


Of course had I pulled into the passing place to begin with, I would have reached my destination a lot quicker.

 Recommended Audio CD's
By Peter Thompson
The Rest
 Think & Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill
 Good to Great - Jim Collins
 Psychology of Achievement - Brian Tracy
 Discover Your Strengths - M Buckingham
 7 Habits of Highly Effective- Stephen Covey
 Rich Dads Secrets - Robert Kiyosaki
 Maverick Mindset - John Elliot
 Vocal Power - Roger Love
 Quantum Memory - Dominic O'Brien
 Getting Things Done - David Allen
A Short History of Nearly Everything- B Bryson


 Recommended Books

 Good to Great - Jim Collins 
  7 Habits - Stephen Covey
  Discover you Strengths - M Buckingham 
  Richard Branson's Auto biography
  Brilliant Memory - Dominic O'Brien
  Think & Grow Rich -  Napoleon Hill 
  Freakonomics - Stephen Levitt
 Getting Things Done - David Allen
 The Machine That Changed the World
 Watching the English - Kate Fox
A Short History of Nearly Everything- B Bryson



Back to the Future

The Mexican Boatman & "Harvard MBA".

The World in Perspective

Acres of Diamonds

First impressions in 30s

The Two Minute Rule

 Noughts and Crosses

 Think and Grow Rich

 3 Blind Men & An Elephant
Someone Everyone Anyone No-one
12 Questions to High Performance
The Bee Can't Fly but No-one told the bee
The Maverick Mindset of Baseball
Three Men and a Boat
Two Cannibals & a Beautiful Girl
The Meaning of Life  
What was your name again?
Two Frogs
Is Common Sense Possible
An Architects Vision
Does Edison Turn Your Light On


Other books and CDs I've mentioned can be found here

There are loads of great audio programs at Nightingale Conant's ,web site here,


Now I'm sure that you've all have all a similar experiences.


But during the rest of my journey I wondered

How many others areas of my life, if I looked out for passing places, which we could translated to opportunities, shortcuts or taking the time to plan, and focused on the final destination (or bigger picture) rather than the next target, I'd end up with a quicker and better result.


What about you?

Till next week


David Gardner