Saturday, 28 February 2009

Quotes of the Day

Just some inspirational quotes from some of the most popular movies, I hope it motivates you.

NUMBER 1. Theme: Ignore the negativity around you.
The Pursuit of Happyness-– A Father (will smith) to his son “Hey. Don’t ever let somebody tell you… You can’t do something. Not even me. All right? You got a dream… You gotta protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want something, go get it.

NUMBER 2. Theme: Exploit your inner resources and achieve greatness.
From the film *Coach Carter—-Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone.

NUMBER 3. Theme: Be different and original.
This quote is from the movie “A Beautiful Mind“.
This is what every entrepreneur should think. How is the entrepreneur’s idea/product different, effective from the run off the mill kind of ideas/product.
Nash: Find a truly original idea. It is the only way I will ever distinguish myself. It is the only way I will ever matter.

NUMBER 4. Theme: Be a Maverick and have the power of independent thought to guide you in your decision making process.
An entrepreneur is a maverick. What he sees is something those around them can hardly fathom. These quotes inspire us to think for ourselves and be individualistic.
DEAD POETS SOCIETY-— Robin William plays a teacher who preaches that one must do what one likes to do and feels good doing it.
No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world. “
There is a time for daring and a time for caution, and a wise man knows which is called for.”
I thought the purpose of education was to learn to think for yourself. “

NUMBER 5. Theme: Dealing with Failure.
DRIVEN—- A racer just looses his race and then quotes “Everybody FALLS, all that matters is how fast you GETUP.”

Friday, 27 February 2009

The Entrepreneurial mindset.

The Mindset is your preparation into the world of entrepreneurship, as I have said too much time; it all starts in the mind.

If your mind is not prepared, then it needs developing, start reading books, or listening to audios or exposing your mind to different things, but be careful not to take others opinions as your facts.

Challenge your mind, challenge yourself.
Your mindset is what gives you a different approach to life, it makes you understand that you can be great rather than settle to be okay.

It enables you to constantly try to better yourself, progress that is what it is called.

The Mindset is so dangerous, we do not know how powerful we are when we have our minds set on things that matter, we are unstoppable, and why have your mind set on things that don’t matter, things that are irrelevant, things you do without no knowledge, instead chase things that will define your life.

Think outside the Box, not just within the Box, open your mind, and lets thoughts create meaning to your brain.

The Thing is that I understand why a lot of people don’t question things, they just do, because it’s easier, they rather be followers, COME ON!! LET’S BE REAL, THINKING IS HARD, like just BRAINSTORMING IS A KILLER, It deserves the Title.

But you need to understand from when you let someone think for you, or create your mindset, then you’re SLAVE, YOU’RE NOT FREE!!

Don’t be afraid to be outside the so-called safety zone. To succeed in any business undertaking, one must not be afraid of these risks. Let that be your mentality, your mindset.

However, don't take risks blindly; you must be able to calculate them. By properly calculating the risks, you can determine if the risks are worth taking or not.

The pace of economic change is accelerating, driven by inventions, process improvements, and our perpetual quest for better, faster, cheaper GOODS AND SERVICES.

Which means you need to start, right now, and begin to develop your mind, you need to start, it is worth it, actually you might just be cool living your Life as it is right now. BOOO YOU.

"The entrepreneurial mind-set transcends the confines of family and tradition, opening individuals up to modern styles of consciousness and securing them a place in modern industrial society" (Brigitte Berger in Spinosa, Flores, Dreyfus, 1997, p.57)

In this world of uncertainty, your mindset should be:

Take control. If nobody knows the future and what it holds, then the future might has well belong to you.

You can change the future; you can change your future. Your vision of how to navigate it is as good as anyone's.

And don’t forget that you’re still young, at least kind of young I guess most of us,

you need to start to develop yourself, and I mean work on yourself, none of that CRAP YOU BEEN DOING LATELY LIEING TO YOURSELF, THAT YOU’RE LEARNING.
Take advantage of your youth. Being young, you can come up with lots of new, unexplored ideas to start a successful business.

If you look back, most of the biggest companies right now, began when there was nothing else like it. That’s why they are untouchable e.g. the Bill gates and Rupert Murdock’s; they beat the competition to it!

Find your perfect niche, the possibilities for growths, and advancement, are endless. Further, even when competition comes knocking, you will already have the experience that they don’t, and a solid customer base, whose trust you have earned.

Get yourself into the right frame of Mind, your Mindset is powerful.
I hope this word of encouragement on the mindset of the aspiring entrepreneurs inspires us.

I am going to change the book which I have told you to read for these couple of weeks, now I want us to turn our focus to nothing less than the great book by Napoleon Hill “Think and Grow Rich”, As I always say if you need it in the pdf format or the audio, do not hesitate to contact me, or if you have any questions in relations to the book or the topic in general.

Also, I hope the video below gives you some kind of strength and motivation to keep pushing harder.

Quotes of the day

To leave you with some words of Encouragement, from those who have been there.

Failure defeats losers; failure inspires winners - Robert T. Kiyosaki, author, entrepreneur, and investor

"Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won't, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can't"

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.

"Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great." -John D. Rockefeller

I have also attached a video by Randy Pausch.

I hope this is helpful.

Thursday, 26 February 2009

Quotes of the Day

In our Quest in taking our First Steps, I hope this motivates each and every one of us.

The greatest glory in living lies in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
Nelson Mandela

I believe through learning and application of what you learn, you can solve any problem, overcome any obstacle and achieve any goal that you can set for yourself.
Brian Tracy

Remember, a real decision is measured by the fact that you've taken new action. If there's no action, you haven't truly decided.
Anthony Robbins

Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself.. Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.
Barack Obama

We go to school to learn to work hard for money. I write books and create products that teach people how to have money work hard for them.
Robert Kiyosaki

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.
John F. Kennedy

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Interview with David James Telfer

As I said in the last blog that I have been following someone that I believe to be an aspiring entrepreneur in his own ways.
I have been privileged enough to meet up with him to get some facts about his life.

Interview with David Telfer

David Telfer-James U23 M 16 Feb 1988 Enfield & Haringey

In today’s interview and our first interview on “Your Hidden Potential”, we talk to David Telfer-James (Middlesex), a former English Schools champion who reached the semi-finals at the European U20 championships and is another of that fine crop of sprinters that Middlesex University is attracting.
David Telfer-James coached by Lesley Mars and Frank Adams

HIDDEN POTENTIAL: Hello David, how are you?

DAVID: I’m fine thanks; it’s a pleasure to be here

HIDDEN POTENTIAL: Firstly - can you give us a little background information on you David - Where you live? How old you are? (If you don't mind answering) What motivates you? What inspires you?

DAVID: I’m currently living in North London (He Laughs) my birthday just passed so I’m 21 years of age now, my favourite number (laughs).
My Inspiration for my sport has to be down to my peers and family, I use to attend a youth club near my area (new river sports centre)most of the pupils were bad and up to no good but they knew I had a talent, so they pushed me to do something with my life.

HIDDEN POTENTIAL: How does it Feel turning 21?

DAVID: it feels great to be 21, your legal for a lot of opportunities in life, I must say I have been through a lot of setbacks in my life time... But I never allow something to slip out of my hands unless it’s already fallen

HIDDEN POTENTIAL: You have achieved so much as such a young age, how do you manage your time between school and business?

DAVID: oh wow that’s a good Question, my life is packed right now, I wake up at 8.00am in the morning, get home late every day, my mum told me you can rest when you’re dead David, That sounds a bit harsh but it’s true I guess (Laughter).

HIDDEN POTENTIAL: Who is your favourite young athlete at this moment?
DAVID: Myself, I don’t watch other athletes because I don’t have time to.. Athletics is all about self development the key word is self!!

HIDDEN POTENTIAL: How did you start, what inspired you to start running?
DAVID: My twin Sister was running way before me, whilst I was hanging out in the youth club, before I realize, I found myself with a pair of spikes in my hand turning up for training and the rest was history.

HIDDEN POTENTIAL: What was the most important lesson you have learnt?
DAVID: The most important lesson I have learnt is to believe in yourself

HIDDEN POTENTIAL: Who was your role model/influence?
DAVID: Maurice green, he was in his own class

HIDDEN POTENTIAL: What has been your key factor so far?
DAVID: It has to be my mum, she’s been my core

HIDDEN POTENTIAL: How much times do you train a week?
DAVID: I train 6 times a week

HIDDEN POTENTIAL: Anything you would like to have done differently if you could go back in time?
DAVID: I would probably have listened to my coach and not of ran when I was half injured

HIDDEN POTENTIAL: Do you have any secrets on why you have become this good?
DAVID: yes I do have a secret but I’m not telling you (Laughter)

HIDDEN POTENTIAL: What is the best advice you have ever been given?
DAVID: My best advice has to be respecting whom you’re up against but never fear them

HIDDEN POTENTIAL: What has been your greatest achievement so far?
DAVID: Best achievement has to be qualifying for the Europeans in Holland

HIDDEN POTENTIAL: David, tell us something, I heard you have a twin sister, as fast you? (Both in laughter), how does it feel? They must be a lot of competition?
DAVID: My twins great, she looks after me, but she’s not as fast as me (Laughter again)

HIDDEN POTENTIAL: I heard you’re currently recovering from an injury how is that going?
DAVID: I’m fully recovered and ready to roll I’ve been out for nine months

HIDDEN POTENTIAL: Did you ever think you would get as much publicity as you’ve got so far?
DAVID: No, I’ve been in the news papers a few times and even on TV it’s good.

HIDDEN POTENTIAL: What’s next for David Telfer?
Let me know if you think of any other things yeah, that you want to be asked about?

DAVID: what’s next, well my managers lined up a great trip for me, I’m heading to Jamaica for 2months to train with the world record holder usain bolt so that’s going to change my life and I’m looking forward to it ..

HIDDEN POTENTIAL: Thanks David for your time

DAVID: Thank you, it was my pleasure and good luck

To follow David

I really hoped you were inspired in some ways to reach out to your dreams, I would encourage you to keep reading the book I introduced to you all, Robert Kiyosaki’s” Rich Dad, Poor Dad”, If you have any questions, or can’t get hold of the book or audio, let me know

Quotes of the Day

Just Thought I’d leave you with some quotes that will inspire you in making your first steps:

"The man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled." -- Andrew Carnegie

The entrepreneur in us sees opportunities everywhere we look, but many people see only problems everywhere they look. The entrepreneur in us is more concerned with discriminating between opportunities than he or she is with failing to see the opportunities.
Michael Gerber

“Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage.”
Niccolo Machiavelli quotes (Italian writer and statesman, Florentine patriot, author of 'The Prince',

“I had to make my own living and my own opportunity! But I made it! Don't sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them!"
-Madam C.J. Walker, creator of beauty products and the first female self-made millionaire

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Taking Responsibility-What Works for you.

We are in a world in which if we don’t take control of our life and start acting on our initiatives, I hope you know the rest of the story.

Is this the world in which you’re looking to bring your kids in, the world in which they have a world guide, No Tour, a guide, where their ideas are instantly shut down because they believe it is not normal to do things on their own.

All of this is being related to you, I just used your kids as examples.
Eventually you end up a normal person, okay, that’s funny because what I want to know is your definition of normal, is a normal person, someone that lives a life of 9-5, and other set structures.

The thing is that I determine my definition of normal, what happens to each of us always proclaiming that”i’m special” kmt. You’re special my ass, you and I you know you’re just like everyone else, ok, really think about it.
Or you’re Please, it’s so hilarious, the thing actually is, we both know, you don’t have a mind of your own; your facts and thinking are based around everyone’s opinion.

You actually don’t have a fact based on your thinking and processing.
Now, wait, I didn’t say you should discard other people’s opinions; all I want you to do is use your head to come to your own conclusion that makes sense to you, even if it’s wrong.
Because then you can look at other opinions and say “oh I’m wrong, or so that is what it is”

Is your life anything you want it to be? Have you actually made a decision that you want?

The reality is that we end up blaming others for our short comes, trust me, I have had my dose of this aswell, especially blaming our parents, you need to SHUT YOUR MOUTH, YOUR PARENTS WERE BORN 40-50 YEARS AGO YOU IGNORANT CHILD, WHICH MEANS THEY ARE ALSO LEARNING HOW TO ADAPT TO THE SPEED OF THIS MODERN TECHNOLOGY, GROWTH AND ADVANCEMENTS. The reality is YOU have no one to blame but yourself.

You really don’t get it do you, do you understand that we are all different in the tiniest ways possible and it is our responsibility to show people that TINY part of us, the part differentiates us from others, the same differentiation that SEPERATES painters, singers etc.

If others don’t disagree with your opinions, if people don’t question your motives or criticise, then mate you’re far from unique, because really all you’re doing, is to trying to please them, I’m not even going to go deeper into at this moment, that’s for another time.
I dint say disagree for the fun of it or just ignorance.

You need to take responsibility for yourself and your actions, unless you will be stuck in their state of mind that, someone is responsible for what is going on in your life.
E.G. You’re in the university studying a course that you have failed countless amount of time and after all your hard-work , you blame your teacher for giving the wrong info, or the board for making the questions too hard, you fail to think to yourself that just maybe, you’re just not good at the course you’re studying, or maybe you need to work harder and have the never give up spirit, but at the end of the day, you need to make a decision whether to keep lying to yourself that it’s the teachers or the board, or maybe you just need to work harder and pass the exams.

BREAKING NEWS.........You’re Responsible for your actions.

So I urge you to start to make these decisions, these crucial decisions in making our first steps towards finding our hidden potential, these first steps that can change the course of your lives.
And until you accept this, will you live life to its fullest, one else can do this for us.

We choose our path in life and how we respond to everything that happens to us.
I hope this can make you start taking the first steps to chase your dreams and realize that anything in life is possible, if you believe in yourself and your idea, vision through hard-work and perseverance.
The most creative minds are the ones that think of what should be, rather than what it is.

Don’t Crucify yourself in false beliefs that you can’t, as I said in the last post, Y shouldn’t you be saying, “I can do it”.
Don’t let others opinions hold you back from having the life you want or pursue your dreams.

I am going to leave you this at this moment, give you time to digest this and hope you can concentrate in ways in taking your first steps.
Don’t forget to keep reading the Book of last week, Robert Kiyosaki “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”
I was just thinking about whom my first interviewee will be, and I have come to a conclusion that it cannot be anyone else that my good friend, David Telfer.
In the upcoming days, I will be doing an interview on David Telfer.
But I have left you with a video below; it shows that when you take responsibility and start using your mind, you will be indulging into a pool of ideas.

It doesn’t matter how old, short, tall, background etc, you can do, and yes “I can do it”, that should be your new motto.

Quote of the Day

To encourage us all in our efforts to take our first steps in finding our hidden potential.

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
Thomas A. Edison

Monday, 16 February 2009

The First Steps:

The First Steps:
First steps are crucial, our first steps in learning how to walk, speak, read, write, run, and dance.
We didn’t just get up one day and started jumping, we started by crawling, then walking, and they after mastering the balance of how body with our two feet, we started running and then jumping. If you just started running, without these procedures as a baby I would be interested in knowing your story.

After reading couple books of some young entrepreneurs, I realised something that puts many of us off starting something different, something unique is rejection, but these entrepreneurs realised It takes determination and perseverance to succeed, and not just the idea.

You need to ask yourself these questions quickly
Did any of the people that discouraged you not to follow your ambition,
Will any of them ever take risks?
Start up a business?
Pursue their passion
Or are they just too scared?

why are listening to someone that will take a 9-5 over starting something dynamic, something new, something different, something that can change the course of your life, or the world.

You might feel they are trying to protect you, but I say they are trying to slow you down, they prefer you to be someone under control, rather than a person in control.

Don’t just let someone’s opinion change your course of life.

We realise that the world has somehow jumped ahead of most of us without realising and now we are panicking on what to do next.

Most of us have being given directions and structures in which how our lives must fit, structures in which we must live our lives around, that why I guess most of us are terrified when expected to make key decisions e.g. “when I leave the university, what am I going to do next”, because they realise that they don’t really have a clue what to do next, because for the first time in their life they have to make a decision that can shape the course of their future.
Of course, sometimes we end up making the right decision, but the point is that now we have to make that decision, the key decision, nothing after that is planned out.

We’ve always had plans set in front of us, first primary school, and then secondary school, the we do a-levels, and then we’re off to the university, without actually realising what we want to do.

I do believe structure is needed in every community and structure comes in terms of education and other community-related organisation.

Don’t get me wrong I do believe education is vital, but learning is more crucial, most of us skip our way through education, without learning anything and later, blame the government for not providing enough jobs, or blame our bosses for not treating us well, or blame the job itself, I just find this very interesting.

I believe that the era of self-education is re-investing itself.

Most people prefer to stay in the comfort zone, because they are scared about what will happen if they pursue their dreams, I am not saying make rash decisions, without thinking about it.

But don’t wake-up in regrets, when you realise one morning on your way to work, someone has perfected the idea you were to scared to pursue.

You need to understand that nothing is guaranteed in life any more, I hope people can see from this recession, that jobs are far from guaranteed, so don’t come with your same sentence, that you just want to get a good job and start a family, that really does make me feel sick.


If you’re not ready to wake up, leave this page as soon as possible, because the pace in which the world is moving, YOU will be left completely stagnant.

In the wake of recession, hopefully people could start thinking out of the box and start implementing their ideas, instead of looking for the next job seeker allowance, why can’t we say “he went to the same school as me, he was in my class, he lived on my street, and I can do it”

This is your time to search within yourself, get to know yourself.

For today, I am going to leave you to read one of my favourite books of all time; it is nothing other than the inspirational book by Robert kiyosaki “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”

If you have questions on the book, on the discussions, or you want a copy of this book or the audio, let me know on the comment box below

Watch the Video below and I hope it shows that you are capable of a lot more, and now is the time to start taking the first steps.

If you’re an up and coming Start-up Company or established and would want to be interviewed, get in touch with me.

Saturday, 14 February 2009

The Official Blog of "The Hidden Potentials".

The home of the “Hidden potentials”, the aim of this BlogSpot is to encourage, educate and motivate young Entrepreneurs, to set Targets, be more dynamic and reach higher goals.

We will be interviewing young entrepreneurs under the age of 25, ranging from different fields of profession.

Our aim is to reach and develop young entrepreneurs in the world, mostly focusing on those in the UK.

We will cover the latest news and issues that relates directly to you, and the ones we dare to speak about, giving you an insight into the world of the entrepreneurs.

Giving you different prospective of major hidden issues.

We hope to have a community in which young entrepreneurs could communicate, influence, and relate to each other.

I hope through this blog we are able to discuss the true meaning of success, to get success and how to be successful.

We will be helping you with day-to-day problems, personal lives and businesses, a word of encouragement, books that can helps, audios that can benefit, giving you a combined way to learn and grow.

Hopefully you can understand that- In the middle of every difficulty lies an opportunity

But we will be mainly focusing on what it takes to be successful, following your passion, ways to be set free of the rat-race and also a foundation of one’s life.

I will also be covering stories of other entrepreneurs as an aid to self-motivate you and hoping through their examples on: smart decisions, risks, you will be inspired.

Are you contemplating on an idea, or looking to take the next step in your business, now is the time to act.

I employ young entrepreneurs and readers to behave in respectable ways in responding and passing out diverse opinions about a particular topic, we hope to create a platform where readers of similar belief and ambitions can voice their concerns with the rest of the community.

You can message me on different topics you want to be talked about and analysed.

We will be having bloghosts as often as possible.


Great interview from Ravi Gehlot, Hope you get something from this.