A father and son went fishing one day. While they were out on the water, the boy suddenly became curious about things in general and started asking all sorts of questions. He asked his father, "Why does the boat float?” The father replied, "Don't rightly know son." A little later, the boy looked at his father and asked, "How do fish breath underwater?" Once again, the father replied, "Don't rightly know son." A little later the boy asked his father, "Why is the sky blue?" Again, the father replied. "Don't rightly know son." Finally, the boy asked his father, "Dad, do you mind my asking you all of these questions?" The father replied, "Of course not, if you don't ask questions, you never learn nothin'."
There are no accidents in life ...
It's no accident that you stumbled across my website!
Something you may or may not even understand directed you here. What was it?
Do you want more from life? Do you know deep inside you can be doing more than you are? Do you feel something is missing? Do you have a desire but feel unsuited, ill-equipped or unqualified?
If that's you ... I know how you feel. If you're anything like I was ... you are ambitious, have a big vision but feel that you lack the skill, ability, contacts, experience, finances and know-how to make it happen.
I felt that way as a skinny, sooky little kid when I dreamed of playing professional football ... how did I do it?
I felt the same way as work-obsessed, time poor, ex-footballer, non-reader and non-writer when I decided to write a book ... how did I become a best-selling author?
I learned that being successful is not what I thought it was about. It's not about ... time, talent, age, experience, background or any of the other things most people believe are required for amazing success. What I found was ... when you want something badly enough, you follow some simple principles, you act every day and decide to finish what you start ... you can do anything. No matter how unlikely it may seem.
Please look around my site, enjoy my blogs, attend my events and see what resonates with you. I would love to help you with your wellbeing, becoming a successful author or anything you want to achieve but feel that it's out of your reach. Just know it's not out of reach and you can achieve ... your success will be no accident.
‘We create our destiny by dreaming bigger than most people would think reasonable, by believing in ourselves more than most people would think sensible, by making decisions that most people would think illogical and continuing to act way beyond the point that most people would have given up.'
Andrew's Blog ... the question is; can a footballer write and speak?
I don't know about you, but this doesn't look like an author and writer to me ... or most people!
Andrew loves writing and talking! This would sound strange to anyone who knew his background ... it certainly wouldn't suggest that a literary career would be on the cards. He was a typical footballer with a typical attitude towards reading & education ... a waste of hours between each opportunity to play sport! He truly is an accidental author, speaker, writer and blogger!
He is passionate about helping others and through writing he feels able to reach more people. His books, videos & blog posts are all about helping people see, believe and fulfil more of the amazing potential they have ... that means you too! There is incredible possibility & potential in every person and there is an amazing impact through the power of written word.
Please enjoy Andrew's blogs (video and written) and please feel free to add any comments you see appropriate.
If you were driving in the country, on an open stretch of road, and you saw a turtle on a fence post, there is one thing you would know for sure… it didn’t get there on its own! Now, let’s get imaginative for a moment… what if you were that turtle and you wanted to get on top of a fence post? What if by some miracle, you were a talking turtle? Would you have any problems asking someone to help you? Would you see it as a sign of weakness to ask for help or a necessity for you to get where you want to go?
Would you like to be happy, healthy, successful, wealthy, inspired and abundant? That really is a dumb question… I’m sure you don’t want to be a miserable, sick, broke and negative loser! Do you believe success is possible for you, or are you under the impression that it has anything to do with luck? Is it just a random luck of the draw as to where you live, how you were raised, the school you went to, the abilities you have and your chances of success in life? My guess is... if you truly believe that luck or chance is involved, then you are probably not living the life you truly desire. Things, however, can change for you in a heartbeat when you believe that, irrespective of your circumstances, you can choose to live an amazing life.
Have you ever started out on a new journey with uncertainty and doubt? Have you ever looked at a task ahead of you with intimidation and overwhelm? Have you ever experienced something new that created a fear of whether you could do it or not? Have you ever known you needed to change certain things in your life, but were scared about the process and your capacity to successfully make the transition? I think we have all experienced one or more of these situations at some stage of our life. What I can tell you is… the view is always clearer on the other side.
I have good news and bad news! The good news is… you are unique, you are special and you are the ‘perfect’ you. The bad news is… you are not perfect. But then, you knew that, didn’t you? I certainly know it about myself. These imperfections we have are what make us human… they are, however, possibly impacting our lives in some way, shape or form. So, we can stick our head in the sand and ignore it, we can accept and put up with it or… we can deal with it and do something about it!
If you spoke to your friends and family the way you often speak to yourself… how would those relationships be? Estranged, conflicted or over… I’m guessing! Why do we often default to beating ourselves up? Why do we call ourselves incredibly derogative names for the most unintentional and often insignificant of indiscretions? Have you ever misplaced your keys? Who hasn’t? We all do it and we always find them… right? So, why do we launch into a tirade on ourselves about how stupid, idiotic, absent-minded and useless we are? Then when we do something great, and are complimented, we often play it down or give reasons why it wasn’t that special. Do you relate? Does this sound like you?
A chalkboard stood in the middle of New York City for one full day. At the top of the chalkboard was written; ‘WRITE YOUR BIGGEST REGRET’. People from all walks of life passed by the chalkboard ... many looked at it, some stopped to stare at it and a few started writing on it. After a period of time, the board became full with many statements, and it was obvious that there was a very common theme. Most people didn’t regret things they had done or mistakes they had made … instead, the majority regretted what they hadn’t done. They wrote about; chances not taken, words not spoken and dreams never pursued.
We have all been a victim of the green-eyed monster of jealousy or envy at some stage in our life … haven’t we? You may have become a horrible green-eyed monster, jealous or envious of someone else’s accomplishments … I know I have. On the other hand, you may have been the victim of someone becoming a green-eyed monster towards you because of your achievements or aspirations. It was William Shakespeare, in his play 'Othello', who wrote, “O, beware, my lord, of jealousy! It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock The meat it feeds on.”
Our emotions can be our best friend or our worst enemy … do you know what I mean? Positive emotion drives us to do things that may seem impossible and to help us achieve incredible success in life. Negative emotion can stop us, distract us, betray us, deceive us, limit us and … even kill us. We often feel as if we don’t have any control over our emotions, but the great news is that you and I can regulate and use our emotions for good … not evil.
According to author Barbara Aria, who writes widely on family-related topics, the average toddler hears the word ‘no’ an astonishing 400 times … every day! Wow!!! That’s a whopping 2800 times each week and – oh my goodness – 145,600 times each year! By the time the average child is ten years old, they would have been told ‘no’ over one million times! Okay, from what we know about self-talk and the programming of the unconscious mind … what impact do you think hearing the word ‘no’ one million times, by the age of ten, will have on a child?