The importance of networking

Whether you are building your business or developing a career there is one essential skill that you must put time into – networking.

Developing a network is one of the most beneficial things everyone can do. Having a community around helps make running your business or developing your career so much easier for many reasons.

  1. You have a network of people that you can ask advice from.
  2. You have other businesses/people that you can partner or collaborate with.
  3. You have the ability to develop relationships with people and gain insight on a different perspective that you can use to innovate.
  4. Overtime you will build relationships where you help each other, share ideas, help solve challenges – within your network everyone will have something to offer each other.
  5. Businesses will increase sales (through network referrals) and individuals will be thought of when job opportunities match their skills.

However, many people struggle with building up their professional network; after all, when you are taking care of all of your other responsibilities how can you also have time to socialise?

So, yes we have to take time to build our network.  I am not talking about turning up to meetings but, consciously making time each week to develop your personal network.  Joining networking groups is a great way to start, however it is just that, a start.  Developing YOUR network is what I am talking about here, when you meet people through network groups, industry functions, training etc actively look for people who you could network with.

The best way to start is to think about how you can help others in your network, what can you offer them? Once you get started you will find over time your network will naturally sort it self out.

I have a number of ways I manage my personal network/s.

  • Coffee meetings (you do not necessarily have to meet with everyone at the same time)
  • Build my own network groups online (usually I will identify people in these groups I want to work with face to face)
  • I manage my own network group/s which meet either monthly or quarterly.

If you are new to networking join a group, work with others who you identify as great networkers, or ask your colleagues and contacts if they know of a great group.

I am a fan of starting your own network, nurturing it by looking at what you can offer those you meet with and working on this activity every week.

I hope this article inspires you to either start networking or refresh your approach to this skill.  I have no doubt it is the single most successful way to build your business or develop your career.

“People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world – often do”

How do I motivate myself?

Self-motivation is a state of mind – a certain level of consciousness when reached, will take your life to another level. I promise.

International studies have shown that those who are self-motivated are seen to be the most successful, regardless of their background, financial position, education or location.   More importantly they are the people who when they say ‘I am great’ really mean it.

Because  they have developed that personal drive and fortitude to push themselves to success in life.  Well actually they have also decided it is time to be the best they can be.

Whether you are aware of it or not, every self-motivating thought you have can lead to empowering habits which will improve your life substantially. You can have complete control over your own fate by learning how to choose the way you think and then direct that energy consciously.

So, what are the tools to transform your life and become more self-motivated?

Food choices.  Learning to make sensible healthy food choices helps you develop self confidence and fuel your body, mind and spirit.  For me this means cutting out most sugars, keeping my carbs to a minimum, eating protein (yes including cheese) drinking a load of water each day and reducing my red meat down to once per week (most of the time).

Walking (or regular exercise).  I like to champion walking, not only is it a great fat burning exercise for those of us who need this but it allows you to think, take in what is around you.  Ideally walking somewhere in nature is the best tonic.  Currently I am losing weight so try to walk for a minimum of an hour.  MAybe I will cut this back to 40 minutes per day when I hit my goal weight or maybe I want.  You see, luckily I enjoy walking. (Something I had to tell myself at the start) but now it has become a habit I can say I really enjoy my walks.

Meditation. The very best catalyst for self-motivation, meditation helps you erase fears, clear your mind and tap into your deeper hidden wisdom and creative insights.  At the moment I am using the ‘Calm’ app to try some different meditations.  If you have never mediated I personally recommend you try this – ten minutes per day only.

Having been in a very dark place recovering from some very serious major surgery I can attest that the moment I started to use the tools above to restart my life, my mindset and motivation started to change for the better.  For me it was important to use all three tools together as they compliment each other.

I am not a fan of extreme diets, or using extreme physical events as your motivation to get fit, these work only for a short time.  Keep it simple and engage your common sense.

For me this is the foundation which you can then build on to create what ever life you want.

Hope you find this helpful – have a great day.

Being Successful

For a moment lets think of what success really is.  It is not about winning or losing or attaining objects that we think may or may not represent success.  To first understand what success really is we need to take away what other people think success is and what they think success for you is.

It is totally about what you define as success for you.   For me success is happiness.  I know many people will disagree but I tell you now that the person who is happy every day of their life and is grateful for what they have is the most successful person in the room.

In its purest form success is the achievement of what you would love in your life.  The road to success is simply making steps towards attaining these goals.  In fact, the moment you get up in the morning and make progress towards your desired goals this action makes you a successful person.

Regardless of what you learn (mistakes included) the fact you are taking action is a very positive thing – in my mind, this is also Success, in fact maybe this is what success is really all about.

Yes, achievements that give you a great high like winning the trophy or being recognised with a reward at work by your peers is great, but true success is more constant than those moments others see us in.

The simple act of writing will help you achieve success, use this skill to set a course you can follow and strive to achieve (which includes wins and losses) enables your daily success. As you write you will start to notice more things about you, your relationships, and environment.  The truly successful will not let these determine what success for them is, however they will use this understanding to learn and design the course they wish to follow. I use mindmaps and you may find these helpful too.

I use mindmaps to help set my personal course and you may find these helpful too.

Maslow’s theory I feel is a great indicator for what success for all of us might be.

Success Step 1 – Basic Needs (Physiological Needs – Food, Water, Warmth & Rest) along with (Safety – Security & Safety)

Success Step 2 – Psychological Needs (Belongingness and Love needs – intimate relationships and friends) along with (Esteem needs – prestige and feeling of accomplishment)

Success Step 3 – Self-Fulfillment needs (Self-actualisation – achieving one’s full potential including creative activities).

My only proviso is that for Success Step 3 achieving your full potential is the goal you will always have to chase, until your final day.

I would also hope that you look at what ‘Values’ are important to you and when you find values that you would like to strive to live by you use these to guide you through life.  Without values, again written down and passionately followed you may never truly set the right course.

Finally – Become successful by building a great life, without hurting or affecting others whether it is in humble surroundings or something more, with a smile in your heart pursuing exactly what YOU want while loving what you have – and you my friend are among the most successful people on the planet.




Persistence and using the Law of Accumulation

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race”– Calvin Coolidge

Persistence and understanding the Law of Accumulation will help you achieve things you may never have thought possible.

The Law of Accumulation
Everything great and worthwhile in human life is an accumulation of hundreds, sometimes thousands, of tiny efforts and sacrifices that nobody ever sees or appreciates.

Understanding that little wins will accumulate and persistent actions, education, training while building your financial base will allow you over time to achieve massive goals is important.  If you wish to decrease the time to achieve these things you need to increase the volume of little things and the most important thing to develop is your knowledge.

If you wish to decrease the time to achieve these things you need to increase the volume of ‘little’ things especially knowledge.

We have all heard the saying “How do you eat an Elephant?” “One bite at a time” or “A journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step”.

These sayings illustrate the Law of Accumulation.  The only thing stopping you from succeeding in your quest is when you decide to quit.  Being persistent and determined and understanding the importance of every little win accumulated will eventually bare the fruit you are after is a mindset I hope all my children adopt.  I hope you adopt think about adopting this mindset too.

However, there are ways to use the Law of Accumulation, that will help you accelerate your quest for success.

  1.  Using the Law of accumulation to improve your knowledge and skills, advancing your ability to find answers or solutions for the hurdles that may lay ahead. Whether you do this through an education provider or simply through your own persistent study, reading, writing and experimenting will help you move things along.
  2. Gaining experience working with those who have been there before, working with a coach or mentor until you can learn no more from them, then seeking out others that have the experience to help.
  3. Accumulating funds and creating assets that help you generate the income to purchase the tools, training and knowledge to keep momentum working in your favour will allow you to do things faster over time.  Building a solid asset base should be a priority the moment you start earning.

All of these actions above will help you keep growing and learning and accumulating those little wins that will help you achieve your greatest dreams.

Sometimes days, weeks, months may pass by with only small wins, so it is important to celebrate every little win and this will help your motivation to be persistent even when you take what feels like backward steps. Appreciate each day for what you have learned that day and make a fresh start to accumulate a win tomorrow.

So do not despair when you hit a wall, fall down and feel there is nothing more you can do – because there is.  You can start again, maybe you needed to rethink your approach, change your approach, research and learn something new, train harder? find help? find motivation? whatever it is pick up and go again.

Be persistent, use the Law of Accumulation every day.

And never stop.






Making Quantum Leaps

In your personal life or business life, you may need to change the way you are approaching things if you want to take big steps forward.  In fact, if you are not making progress in leaps and bounds then it is time to embrace the science of the quantum leap.

Simply you can achieve more if you really want too, but it may mean taking a very different approach to things, even if you think your approach is working you will find exploring how to make a quantum leap is the answer to accelerating your success well beyond what you can imagine.

We have all heard of the saying “If you don’t change what you are doing, your results will remain the same” – and in most cases, this is the same no matter how hard you work.  In fact taking quantum leaps get you there quicker and easier than putting in more hours and working harder – brain power rather than burning energy.

Don’t be happy with small advances,  truly if you are not making great gains then it is time to think about how you can make a quantum leap.

So what is a Quantum Leap?

A Quantum Leap in the terms of this blog is a change that makes a significant difference to a person or business that accelerates your success.  And believe it or not often quantum leaps are small adjustments that create massive moves forward.

It is highly likely you already have a quantum leap in your mind, however, for some reason you are holding yourself back in exploring taking the action.  Your ‘gut’ is to make a change, however, you sabotage yourself by either listening to someone else who tells you to stick with the status quo ‘it is safe’ or worst than that, you prevent yourself from taking action on an idea simply because you fear failure.

Changing the way you think

The first thing you can change that will help you find a quantum leap is to embrace failure, for it is often an essential part of this journey.  Looking at and sometimes exploring a variety of different options on a regular basis can help you find that sudden solution that catapults you and/or your business forward.

Let’s apply basic logic to this – the more options you try whether they succeed or fail, the more likely you are to find that once action that jumps you forward.  All you need to get started is to understand where you want to be – and dream big.

The solution could be changing the way you approach things, or fundamentally understanding how important it is for you to strive to be a better all round person. Just making the decision to start on a more positive path is guaranteed to make a difference.

Starting to look out for potential quantum leaps each and every day is the approach to take.  In many cases, people actually have an idea in their head that may provide a quantum leap but for what ever reason they never get around to taking action.  These are the people that look at other very successful people and say “I had the very same idea” or “they stole my idea” the only difference between them and the other person is the other person acted upon the idea.

In sport they call this process ‘lifting your head’ making sure you look around to understand all your options and taking the best one – so adopt this strategy lift your head explore more and find great options – then take them!  The top football clubs around the world actually measure how often a player lifts their head, it is the measure of a great player.

The top football clubs around the world actually measure how often a player lifts their head, it is the measure of a great player.

So OK is not just good enough for you, finding a better way becomes your norm.

Personal Growth

This is where you start.  Let’s face it we all know of things we could do that would possibly help us personally take a leap forward, whether that be joining the gym, taking a course, reading more positive books, being more grateful, changing bad habits to good habits.  The trick is to keep pursuing these throughout your life and strive to become a ‘great’ person.  It really is as simple as that.

Before anything else, know what you want to achieve with your life and write it down.

Business Growth

You need a written plan of where you want to get to, how you get there is not as important if each day you look for ways to move positively towards your goal/s.  By keeping an eye out for quantum leaps and taking more chances with the ideas that ‘in your gut’ could help you take a giant leap forward you have set yourself in the right direction.

NIKE came up with the saying ‘Just do it’ for a very good reason.

In summary

I am very lucky that in my life I have experienced a number of quantum leaps which have included stepping into unchartered territory, applying for and successfully securing senior positions in companies I worked for in my younger days, building a multi-million dollar business from a simple idea which changed the way people recruited people.

I was lucky when I was young that people encouraged me to push forward.  As we age we have fewer supporters encouraging us and it is our own job to mature and make this a positive habit.  The risks seem too dangerous.  The reality is for many not making a change can be more fatal, we were not designed to stand still.

Searching for my own quantum leap to become a better person, I am now working on projects which focus on helping those who sincerely want to embark on the same journey.

Hope this was helpful
Tony C





Find your Motivation then use SMART goals to succeed

Once you have defined what motivates you through working through what you want to achieve in your life, and understanding where you are in terms of your all-around balance between Mental, Physical, Emotional and Spiritual desires the ability to set goals and make plans to achieve them is KEY to success.

Goal-setting will do more to help you achieve the things you want in life than will anything else.

The reward for establishing goals and making plans for them is being able to choose the kind of life you want to live.

Less than 3% of adults have written goals. Less than 1% review and rewrite their goals daily. A goal that is not written is still just a dream.

That means, if today you started writing down your dreams, and specify your goals every day from today forward, you would immediately move into the top 1% of all people!

If you’re in a leadership role, goal-setting is essential to motivating your team. But if you really want to maximise your goal-setting and goal-achieving skills, you must set SMART goals.

This acronym stands for:

S = Specific
M = Measurable
A = Achievable
R = Relevant
T = Time-bound

Most of the problems with goal-achieving are related to a lack of clarity in setting the goal in the first place. With SMART goals, both your personal and business goals will be perfectly clear to everyone.

The other problems will arise if you do not have the right ‘positive’ motivations and or your people are not motivated to succeed.


DEFINE WINNING so people know what they are striving for.

A manager’s job is to ensure his or her people achieve their goals.  If people have been assigned too much, it is the manager’s job to reassess, provide support or distribute parts of the project/task to other members of the team making sure everyone WINS.

You build great teams by getting great results, reward everyone for the win and build a strong team culture.  MAJOR work goals should always have celebrations attached, these MAJOR rewards that acknowledge the performance of the individuals and the team.

Ensuring you motivate teams to achieve this success. 

To get to major goals you need to plan your milestones, each milestone should come with an appropriate award, not necessarily of large monetary value but something that acknowledges the achievement.

Map your project success to the teams individual personal goals and you have the formula for success, retention and a happy work environment.

This all takes planning and the first 5-10% of planning should be identifying what the major goals is, then what milestones you need to get there.


Do something every day that moves you towards achieving your major goals.

Go Succeed!

Tony Cutting

If you would like help establishing a strong team environment or developing a meaningful plan for your own success, feel free to call me +6421911722 or email and we can discuss how I can help you.  I work with all budgets and have a number of solutions that will succeed if you follow them.

Personal development on a budget #3

The next book I recommend you invest in if you are truly interested in developing your personal skills – The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell.

How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference …

Malcolm has written a great guide on ‘how little things can make a big difference’.  In this book, you understand more about the degrees of separation and learn that there is a process that at first can feel quite hard but with consistency, persistence, a focus on quality, and by engaging your mind you will reach that point where life takes off and your hard work pays off.

Turn your ideas into action and let ‘The Tipping Point’ guide you to success.


The Tipping Point


This book can help transform your thinking and push you in the right direction.

This is one of my favourite business books, I personally recommend it to everyone who wants to build a business or a better life.  I have experienced the ‘magical moment’ when an idea took off like wildfire, and still enjoy using that experience to motivate myself to create more.

Tony Cutting – Coach