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Tweeterific Quotes for Work

Yaya aiki!

I’m an active user of Twitter to share inspiration and be inspired. Here is a to-the-minute update on my favourite #workquote tweets and hope you find it inspiring. I credit the sources of these tweet, mine or not. You can follow these wonderful lights of tweet-spiration on Twitter. LOL. Feel free to add to the list please and share. Lafia!

@a_iki The true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love. – Che Guevera #quotes 

Progress or Perfection? Which do you work towards? Progress, for me. You can get bogged down with tedium of striving for perfection.

@a_iki To have fun at work is key. That and the sweet smell of coffee!

@a_iki A note to self: Make the next project better than the last. Learn something new. Got that. 

Make the world a better place, one good work at a time – @a_iki #quotes

@a_iki “If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.”– Albert Einstein #quotes 

Happiness is like a kiss. You must share it to enjoy it. -Bernard Meltzer @Inspire_Us 

@a_iki “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” Jim Rohn #quotes #hrblog 

Be the exception. Live exceptionally. #quotes 

@a_iki Only by doing so can one be sure of maintaining that state of mind known as a burning desire to win ~ Napoleon Hill #quotes 

@a_iki “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”– Benjamin Franklin, Inventor 

Having the will to give means you want to make a difference in the world. @GhadaElKurd 

@a_iki “Before you change your thinking, you have to change what goes into your mind.” – Zig Ziglar @GhadaElKurd 

@a_iki “A man cannot leave a better legacy to the world than a well-educated family.”– Thomas Scott #quotes 

@a_iki “Time is more value than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.”– Jim Rohn

@a_iki “Stop thinking you are a winner because you’re excited and think your idea is brilliant, and go kick some real arse. 

@a_iki “Focus your messages on the results you expect, not on the methods for doing the job.”– Marty Brounstein 

@a_iki The wisest mind has something yet to learn #quotes 

@a_iki “Friendship with oneself is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.” E. Roosevelt 

@GhadaElKurd: Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works. – Steve Jobs

@a_iki “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from indomitable will.”– Mahatma Gandhi 

@a_iki “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”– William Arthur Ward 

@GhadaElKurd “I had rather attempt something great and fail, than to attempt nothing at all and succeed” – Robert H. Schuller

 @GhadaElKurd Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you. Dr. Seuss 

@MeghanMBiro You cannot BUY employee engagement. Or social community. This occurs with #leadership behavior and people passion. 

@HRMargo You can be an A Player on paper, but if I get you on the phone and you sound negative, I move on to the next candidate, sorry #fact 

@a_iki “As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big.”– Donald Trump, Real Estate Magnate 

@a_iki Success inspires more success. #quotes 

@a_iki “The price of greatness is responsibility.”– Winston Churchill #quotes


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Yaya aiki,  friends. We’ve been away, busy, of course believe me. Our post here is a slight distraction from work – to keep you from wondering what your Aiki!blogger does when he’s not working.

A while back, I was invited to perform at a gathering for poets and artists. I’ve decided to share the poem I recited. OK, feel free to laugh AT me or WITH me. Enjoy…


Dear reader, further to our previous chapter

We shall now proceed to our subject matter;

Though not guaranteed to make your rhymes smarter

It will break your fall if you should shudder, stutter and falter

Don’t chew, don’t sag – God, please don’t sag

Unless your poetry can afford you a Bentley or a Jag

Pick up modest verbs where your painted tears once fell

And please use adjectives that your mother can actually spell

As thumb rule, dear reader, KEEP YOUR SHIRT ON

Audience, as their sanity, are in habit of going off with your button

So while good if you, like IKECHUKWU, have a six-pack that can stun

God help us, if it’s a one-pack that smacks of bad porn

A black shirt, has been the best bet yet

Anything you say afterwards is politically correct

But PINK – oh no! is as weak as you can get

It says, “I’m too sissy for my shirt”

Having said this, disabuse the psyche

That you are only a rockstar if you lick the mic

Or jump into the crowd or ride a power bike

The truth is the audience will not catch even a poet they like

And when you walk up to that mic, go in hard


So, in case you mess up real bad, we like to add

Your audience, hopefully, won’t remember you like a bad TV ad.

How To Stay Motivated at Work

Yaya Aiki!

More than once or twice, I’ve been asked how do I stay motivated. It can be daunting when you have a heap of to-do’s and such little time to accomplish them in. It drains you quicker than the Vampire Lestat.

When looking forward to sitting before your television set to watch an episode of my favourite show doesn’t see me through the dry hours, you know you need an arsenal of tricks or “kicks.”

1) Stay Challenged. Find a project that challenges your skill. It keeps you sharp and focused on what is important to you.

2) Prioritize. Order breeds peace of mind, I always say. So, to enjoy any task, learn to do it at the right time – in the order of important&urgent first.

3) Take Time Out. Take time out to think or recharge your creative, psychological, emotional juice. The body needs rest to reboot and perform better. When you face a block, take timeout from that task and you’ll find when you return to it, you will have acquired some fresh insight. Yup, timeout can do that.

4) Stay Ambitious. It’s perfectly healthy to be ambitious. What this means is you leave a trail of completed projects or lined up some project and plans that spell out your mission clearly. Ambition is a great motivator.

5) Reward Yourself. When you tick off an item on your to-do list score yourself some points. And at the end of the day, reward yourself. That chunk of chocolate cake you saved since Christmas will come in handy…ewwww. Just kidding.

Keeping motivated in itself can be a motivation but I’ve found “motivating others” to be my personal “kicker.” Yeah, and there’s also my soppy poems (no one has read, thank God).


“Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.”
— Erica Jong, Author

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My Cubicle – James Blunt Parody

Yaya aiki?!

I decided we need a break and what better way than a lunch-break laugh. I stumbled on this funny video and … well, here it is, for your lunch break amusement. This version has the lyrics on screen so you can sing along.

DISCLAIMER: This video is not a reflection of my attitude at work. In fact, I love my job. LOL. Like I needed to say that, you would say.

I welcome links to more funny work-related videos.

Interview: Nick Williams, Coach and Co-founder, Inspired Entrepreneur

Co-founder, Inspired Entrepreneur

Co-founder, Inspired Entrepreneur

Yaya Aiki!

Today, on Aiki! we are proud to have with us, Nick Williams, an entrepreneur with a rare vision of “inspiring people to find their true calling.”

About Nick: Nick Williams is a UK’s pioneer and leaders in inspiring people to discover their vocation and follow their heart at work.

After leaving his own unfulfilled corporate career in IT in 1989 to follow his own calling, Nick Williams has spent the last twenty years inspiring tens of thousands of people around the world re-imagine work, discover the work they were born to do and then guiding them to create successful businesses around the work they love. He is an internationally renowned coach, mentor, speaker, writer, guide and educator, and has so far been invited to present in fifteen different countries. He is the author of six books, including the best selling

The Work We Were Born To Do, which he followed up with Unconditional Success, The 12 Principles of The Work We Were Born To Do, Powerful Beyond Measure and How To Be Inspired. His sixth book The Business You Were Born To Create was published in December 2010.

He has been the subject of over 1,000 media features in UK, USA, South Africa and around the world, including BBC radio and TV, and has written for “O” magazine in South Africa.

He coaches and mentors leaders in education, the media, entertainment and business.

Nick has served individuals and teams within such companies as: IKEA, BT, W H Smith, London Underground, PricewaterhouseCoopers, The Institute of Marketing, McKinsey, British Aerospace, The University of Westminster, Deloitte, Direct Line Insurance, The University of Cape Town, Media 24, De Beers, The Human Resources Summit, Peninsula Leadership Development, CIPD, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, BBC, University Hospital Birmingham, RightCoutts, Temple Street Children’s University Hospital, Dublin, Southern Area Health Promotion Department, and various universities. 

Most recently, he has co-founded
Inspired Entrepreneur which provides inspiration, community, guidance and education for people creating successful businesses around the work they love.

Here is an excerpt of our interview with him. Enjoy.

#1 What do you do?
My job description of activities reads: I am a speaker, writer, author, coach, mentor, product and programme creator, educator, broadcaster and community builder.

#2 What does it entail?
I help illuminate the world of work for people. Most people see work as a form of enslavement, and form of misery and suffering. They don’t experience much joy, love, inspiration and fulfillment through their work, and I help people understand that it is possible.

#3 How does it impact on the world?
I know that tens of thousands of people around the world are happier because they have changed their attitudes towards work, found the work they love, and are expressing their gifts and talents and their best selves through their work. I know the happiness of those people impacts others. So the overall impact must be significant.

#4 Did you always know you would be doing the thing you love? How did you know this was what you would be doing – what you really love?
When I was young I felt a sense of calling but thought that meant I needed to become a priest or social worker, and didn’t that find appealing. So I did my studies, got a 2.1 Degree in Business Studies, a diploma in marketing and then went into three sales and marketing jobs. But by late my late 20’s I was very unhappy, selling expensive computers to Japanese banks in the city of London. I knew I needed and wanted to change. I knew I would love to inspire, teach and communicate, but was terrified of changing.

#5 Tell us the story of your start-up
I had no entrepreneurial training. I had always been employed. I had no family history of being self-employed. I felt like I was embarking on a completely unknown but exciting path and adventure. I had started to learn about psychology and personal growth whilst still in my corporate job. I was terrified to leave the conventional career path but felt this call to do my own thing. I had taken some baby steps and given some talks and done some training. I enjoyed them so after three years of soul searching, I decided to leave and start my own business. It was a slow start, but I just kept going. I told myself I could always go back, but knew it my heart I never would.

#6     Who or what inspired you to get thinking? Who were your major influences?
I started engaging in therapy in 1986 and that started to open me up. Then I got involved with an organisation called Alternatives in central London and served there for twenty years. It is London’s major mind body spirit platform. I got to hear many of the leading lights in personal development. I loved Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, Susan Jeffers, Robert Bly, Marian Woodman, John Gray. I think I needed to immerse my parched soul in inspiration and possibility. Marianne Williamson has remained one of my greatest inspirations.

#7     How do you recharge your creative batteries?
Most of my work is essentially nourishing because I love doing it. And I also love that I work in many different ways: sometimes writing and working alone, other times working one-to-one, and at other times working one to many. I have a mantra which is “There are many things I love doing, but none of them would I want to have to do every day.” I am a renaissance soul. I spend some time working in my business delivering what I do and I spend some time working on my business, developing new ideas. I also love holidays, lying in the sun and am usually reading at least two books, one a novel and another about personal growth or being entrepreneurial. I love spending time with friends, being entertained, and still attend personal growth talks and workshops.

#8     We recognize that it isn’t always easy starting off on your own, so, please, tell us the few obstacles you met on your way and how you overcame them.
My biggest obstacle was without doubt my own fear and resistance. My own internal negativity has been huge. I have needed to become much kinder to myself. Also know how – there is so much to learn about being an entrepreneur and running a business – its so different from working for a business. And also undoing the thinking that I inherited and grew up. What made me a good employee – like following orders, colouring between the lines and waiting for instructions were not helpful for running my own business.

#9     What next? What is your next challenge?
As well as being a writer, speaker, coach and mentor, I am now consciously trying to build community, online for global access and live in London. This is something I have very little training or experience in, but I do know that isolation is one of the greatest dream killers and connection and support both provide meaning and incubate success. So community building is the next big project.

#10    What is your advice to careerists who might be thinking of breaking out of the monotony of their present career lives to do something they love doing?
Four bits of advice. 1 Trust the dream in your own heart. It holds the key to your fulfilment. 2. Be courageous. Act in the face of your resistance, and move in the direction of your fears, especially when you don’t feel ready. 3.Take lots of small steps and keep taking lots of steps, forever. 4. Don’t try to be great to start with.  Get skilful as you go, serve your apprenticeship, become masterful in time.

If you are not yet clear about the work you were born to do, you can download your free copy of a nine part programme to help you discover it and become an inspired entrepreneur now at:

Thank you for your time. Here, in Aiki!, we love what you are doing for yourself, and more importantly, for the world. We appreciate your time.

Lafia! (We wish you well!)

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