Category Archives: Mark Black – Keynote Speaker

Are You More Resilient Than You Think?

Imagine you and your favourite colleague were both fired tomorrow. What would you do? What thoughts would you have? What actions would you take? How would it affect your mood and your self-esteem? How long would it take you to get back into the workforce? How long would it take for you to feel like […]

Are You Stuck in the Past or Focused on the Future?

Where do you spend most of your time? Are you more likely to be thinking about the past, the present or the future? There has been a lot said in the last few years about the importance of living in the present, and I agree. In fact, I have an entire module in my work […]

Stop Solving New Problems with Old Solutions

My son inspired me today. For a while I’ve noticed that when he plays with his cars (he is one and a half) he pushes them in a different way from anything I have ever seen before. Rather than holding the car at the top and swinging his hand in a sort of pendulum motion, […]

Why It’s Called Extra’ordinary’

In today’s society we’re continuously bombarded by advertisers to pursue the exciting. We want to live a life that’s constantly on the edge, exciting, full of parties and fun. And there’s nothing wrong with a full and exciting life. After all, we’re only here for a short time, no need to make it boring. However, […]

Make This Simple Change and Your Life Will Be So Much Better

  The internet is full of over-hyped promises, so I try to stay away from grand statements and exaggerated promises. I prefer to try to under-promise and over-deliver in whatever I do. So, when I tell you that something has the potential to make a big impact in your life, you can take it seriously, […]

Why You Should be Writing Down Your Goals

What is YOUR goal? There are a lot of inspiring stories out there about people setting and achieving amazing goals in their personal and professional lives. One of my favourites is about movie star Jim Carey. The story goes that when Jim Carey was getting started as an actor, he faced repeated rejection (as most […]

Sorry, There is NO App for This

Most of us live lives of incredible convenience. If you compare your day to those in poorer parts of the world, or to your parents and grandparents a generation or two ago, you’ll see tremendous differences in the level of ease and convenience. We drive cars with so much safety and technology built into them, […]

Humility, a Worthy Pursuit

  What quality do you admire most in others? What do you admire most about yourself? Maybe it’s kindness, generosity or a sense of humour.  The quality that I deeply admire, and strive hard to embody, is humility. And it’s tough. I’m always deeply impressed by people who are authentically humble. I admire those who […]

Want to Succeed? Do What Successful People Do

Do you have a mentor? A coach? Who do you have helping guide you on the path to success?   For far too many people, the answers to those questions are “No”, “No” and “Nobody”. And that’s too bad. Unfortunately, far too many people never get any help at all on their journey to success. […]

How to Deal with Haters

Albert Einstein once said, “Great spirits have always encountered opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.” I’m not a great mind, and the opposition I have encountered in my life thus […]