The story of how Christopher Columbus ‘discovered’ the New World is well known, but what isn’t so familiar is that without a simple glass of water his voyage would have never happened.

For eight years Columbus had been desperately trying to raise backing for his planned voyage, but he was met with rejection everywhere he went.

Finally, he had his last chance to put his case before the Spanish King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella.

They listened to his plea but rejected him.

Dejected, Columbus began his journey home, knowing that his final option had just been exhausted.

It was a hot day and before setting off on the road Columbus called in at a monastery to beg a glass of water.

The monk that served him proved to be a willing ear for his tales of woe and so Christopher unloaded his troubles at great length.

By sheer coincidence, the monk turned out to be the Queen’s confessor and he was very impressed by Columbus’ passion, commitment and enthusiasm.

He, in turn, spoke privately with the Queen and Columbus was granted a second audience.

This time Queen Isabella was much more receptive.

The rest is history.

Now, why is that little history lesson a daily action point?

Because we can all learn the very simple idea from it that you must never give up.

You really never know where or when your breakthrough is going to strike.

It is vital to keep your enthusiasm stoked up to the highest level and to let everyone you meet see that passion shine through.

You never know when the person you are enthusing to has the ear of the Queen.

Postscript: After writing the above piece, I ran my spellchecker over it.

According to those nice folks at Microsoft, ‘Isabella’ should be spelled ‘Sowbelly’.

Off with their heads!

When it comes to artificial intelligence, there are two side of the coin.

There’s the “Don’t Be Afraid Folks” and there’s also the “Be Afraid Folks”.

Both of these group makes a valid proof.

They do present a rather brilliant statement about wha is happening in the business community.

Now, let us hear from the “Be Afraid Folks” and see what they say:

In Conclusion

Both groups presents a valid point.

Whether you would be afraid of artificial intelligence or not, the world will still be spinning as it always is.

However, in my honest opinion, the creation of such technology is an advantage.

It will create more jobs.

Jobs that were not available before … we are seeing it now in droves.

There are some careers that will be affected with AI – I’m sure of that.

But for the most part, it will be an advantage for humankind.

How about you, what do you think?

Comment below and tell us your 2 cents.

Another Quick Tips

Do you hear, or do you listen?

Hearing is a sense most of us take for granted.

You speak, I hear what you are saying.

It just happens.

Listening, though, is a skill that very few people ever bother to learn.

When we talk to someone, their voice is almost like background noise.

The real focus of our attention is always on the loudest voice of all – the one inside our own heads.

We are constantly in dialogue with our inner thoughts.

When someone talks to us, even if our inner mind is interested in the conversation, it will be devoting more time to deciding what it, and you, is going to say next.

It doesn’t allow you to actively consider what the other person is saying.

If you can still that inner voice for just a few moments and really, actively, listen to what the other person is saying, you will be a better listener.

But much more importantly, you will be a dearer friend, a more worthwhile colleague, a better lover, a happier spouse and a more successful person.

Your eyes are pretty amazing things.

It take six muscles to move your eyeball.

The eye’s lens is the only internal part of your body that never stops growing.

You eyes are so sensitive that on a dark night at high altitude you could see a lit match from 50 miles away.

Typically, your eye can distinguish over 7 million colors and 500 shades of grey.

It is estimated that on average, you will blink 13,140,000 times every year!

Just For Fun

If there is light in the soul, there will be beauty in the person.

If there is beauty in the person, there will be harmony in the house.

If there is harmony in the house, there will be order in the nation.

If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.(Chinese Proverb)

Don’t Quote Me On That

Lou Buscaglia said,”Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”

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Roland Millaner