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THIS WEEKS THOUGHT   Old Friends Lead to New Thoughts - 19th August 2007

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It was 1998 and we talked of helping the people of Rwanda, owning Ferrari's, become influential leaders, buying houses and settling down with the people we loved. Yes back then we were clear on the goals that each of us had. 

Six years earlier we had stood, with sweating foreheads, shaking with anticipation wondering whether the previous 3 years was going to open the doors we wanted to go through. We were of course waiting for our final results. Some of us had clear goals others like me were less sure. But what had brought us together as a group of friends, was the compatible set of dreams and values that we had, and of course being students a few pints of beer and cider! 

It was now August 2007 and once again we were reunited. It was incredibly easily to slip back into conversation, and a little phased so often mentioned by Peter Thompson (author of the Achievers Edge) jump into my brain . 

"If only I knew now what I knew then".

I was being prompted to reveal whether I had achieved the goals I had set out to achieve 9 years ago, and hence I began to assess my level of success against these. However even more interestingly the conversations and questions I was asked reminded me of the values I had had way back in 1992. Providing clarity to those pure values which had over the years sunk deeper and deeper within me..

So as Mary Schmich's wrote in the Chicago Tribune on the 1st June 1997, understand that friends come and go, but for the precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography in lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young.

Then perhaps like me you might find some "if only I knew now, what I knew then" inspiration, which I found on a wet weekend in August.

Till next week. Enjoy your friendships

David Gardner

 Recommended Audio CD's
By Peter Thompson
More Great CD Programs
 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



Bad Driver

Space Shuttle designed on a horses backside

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,