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The power of a story.

I was reminded recently in a conversation with a friend over coffee, of how powerful story telling can be. After my friend left my thoughts went back to a  funeral I’d attended not that long ago. There were a number of things that stood out in my mind after I left the funeral. Here are just a few of the more important ones:

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Financial Independence

October 16, 2012 — Leave a comment


Why do we get so wound up by the government tinkering with retirement dates? There are two definitions of Financial independence that I use when discussing this topic with anyone interested in achieving financial freedom.

Both definitions highlight the fact that financial independence is not in the control of the government but in the control of the individual!

“Financial independence is the ability to live from the income of your own personal resources.”

“Financial Independence – Having a sustainable, inflation-beating income that meets or exceeds your needs and requirements, lasts indefinitely and is derived passively. “

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Plan Your Dash

September 19, 2012 — Leave a comment
I’ve just seen a poster that says:
“I’m going to make the rest of my life the best of my life”.
I tried to imagine what was going through the mind of the person who coined the quote. I think I see a person:
  • who is future focused.
  • who believes that he can carve out his future, not drift into it.
  • who may have had a past of bad memories and wants to see a change.
  • who may may have had a great past with wonderful memories but believes there is better ahead.
I see someone who could benefit from attending a 3 session course called Plan Your Dash. One hour a month for the next three months to learn how to start planning the rest of their life.
If this person is someone like you and you live close to Ammanford then the first hour starts at 6pm Sunday 23rd September at – Ammandford Church Building, Wind Street, Ammanford. SA18 3DR.



March 19, 2012 — Leave a comment


“My father’s death made me realise that there was no such thing as a comfort zone any more and that I should really pursue my dreams while I still had time.”

These are the words of, founder of Coffee Republic. She is one of a number of people who contributed to an article on things my mentor taught me’ published in the Financial Times. Although she refers to her father’s death as the turning point that led her to leave a safe career as a lawyer to pursue bigger dreams, it is her mother she regards as her mentor.

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I once made a statement that my family to this day won’t allow me to forget and won’t accept either that the words were taken out of context! It was while we were walking away from the Eiffel Tower-inspired lattice tower in Tokyo that I said something like “… and that was probably the best day of my life.”
Once I’d uttered those words I believe it was my elder daughter who jumped in first with the comment – ‘Oh yes Dad, better than your wedding day? Better than the day your children were born?’

Mentors: Jim Rohn

October 28, 2011 — Leave a comment
Without a doubt I can pinpoint significant events or times in my life that are defining moments or turning points. One of the tests I have for using the label Defining Moment for an encounter with someone, a book read or a CD listened to is the answer to the question – Has it stood the test of time?

Saying ‘No’

July 27, 2011 — Leave a comment



Sometimes I come across a quote, a phrase or a statement that stops me in my tracks. It’s not always because it contains 100% truth or is profound in some way. In fact, at times, a statement that contains more falsehood than truth can stop me in my tracks! What makes these statements special for me is that they cause me to press ‘pause’ and ponder their content.

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July 5, 2011 — Leave a comment


Why do we spend so much time agreeing definitions at Pedalion? Why bother with the term Redefine? The  definition of definition is:

“a concise explanation of the meaning of a word or phrase or symbol“.

What happens over time is that definitions become less concise or less precise. So two people can use the same word, but the word has a completely different meaning for each person. This can lead to meaningless conversations becoming or may cause unnecessary misunderstandings because although the same term is used, different meanings are attached. Therefore, for a meaningful discussion, it is important to agree on the meaning of key words or terms. However there comes a time when certain words need redefining. Their use has changed over time so the old association with a word needs to be broken. The pictures painted at the mention of the word need changing. At Pedalion, some of the words we redefine include Balance, Retirement, Wealth, Work etc. When we redefine the word balance in the context of life/work balance our clients can think and act differently and not feel pressured and guilty by the way it was previously defined. When Retirement is redefined and explained differently you can see pressure lift and a more relaxed and chilled way of thinking and planning descends on our clients! A big part of our work is to help people see situations in a different light in order that they can become more fulfilled and increase their chance of achieving their potential. Redefining is part of that process.


During thousands of conversations over the last few decades, I have come across person after person, parent after parent, business person after business person who consistently admit that they need a Pedalion in their lives if they are to maintain their desired direction as they journey through life. Many wished they’d had a Pedalion in their lives many years ago so that they wouldn’t have been blown off course, or worse still shipwrecked, by the time they’d met us.

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A Frasier Moment

June 1, 2011 — Leave a comment

‘Frasier Moments’

During a talk I gave on ‘Building a Legacy’, I introduced the term ‘a Frasier moment’ to describe a moment or an event that, if used positively, can become a defining moment in life.

I coined this term after watching an episode of Frasier from Series 7 called The Late Dr. Crane

In this episode, Frasier finds himself confronted with an announcement that he has died and ends up reading his own obituary! It is a very funny episode and this particular incident is especially so.

As Frasier reads his obituary he begins to reflect on everything that he’d hoped to have accomplished during his lifetime and he finds himself a little surprised at how he is described in the obituary! Regrets immediately begin to form in his mind until he is quickly reminded by his assistant Roz that he is not actually dead and that he still has time to alter the course of his life and thus end it with fewer regrets.

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