“Don’t Believe In Yourself” Quicksand / David Bowie (Bowie)

“Don’t Believe In Yourself” Quicksand / David Bowie (Bowie)

You will no doubt hear these gobbets of advice in the next Five Years.

I heard the clarity this week.


  1. Don’t keep going in the face of adversity. It’s not worth it.“Giving up is the only sure way to fail” – Gena Showalter
  2. Don’t play life from a 10 or be positive. Life’s a bitch and you need to be a realist and tell other people how crap it all is.“If you keep on moaning and moaning and moaning, people will get fed up”

– Ruud Gullit talking about Jose Mourinho this week.

  1. Don’t strive to learn new things or to benefits from the experience of others.“The world has had its fill of guitar bands” – EMI executive, turning down the Beatles in the early Sixties.
  2. Don’t make mistakes. Keep a low profile and ensure you stay inside your Comfort Zone.“Your comfort zone cannot stay the same size. It either gets bigger or smaller. It’s a clearing in the woods. Venture into the edge of the woods every day and chop down a few trees. Your clearing is getting bigger. Do nothing and Mother Nature will reclaim what is hers. As you go about your day wandering around your clearing, never getting too close to the edge, you won’t see her do her work. But she’s doing it, one sapling at a time. Your clearing is getting smaller.” – Dr Mark Nugent
  3. Don’t get in touch with your thoughts, feelings, motivation and dreams. It’s all touchy, feely garbage.“Ignore the dream-breakers” – Bear Grylls when he was asked about the most important piece of advice he has ever received.


This is a fantastic Top Five. You just need to remove the Don’ts.
Shel Silverstein puts it best of all;

Listen to the mustn’ts, child.
Listen to the don’ts.

Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts.

Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me…

Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.