The excitement of this year’s Olympic games is exhilerating. The commentaries are so good you feel as though you’re there and it’s fantastic that Britain has some amazing athletes winning medals that they really deserve. No one can doubt that all the contestants go through a massive training programme to get these medals – and it’s a great motivator to take on board if you run a business.
Olympic athletes can help business owners focus on their goals. Sally Gunnell, a major track title holder now runs a successful business in Corporate Health and Well Being. She acknowledges that rising above the competition is tough for businesses – especially for entrepreneurs. Competition is healthy – it’s what makes us tick and achieve better results, providing we don’t become swamped with unnecessary detail that can deter us from achieving our goals. Sally Gunnell recommends
By rapper and actor Riz Ahmed
(mixtape ‘Englistan’ is out now)
“The referendum has proved the need for young people to get out and get involved in shaping our politics, otherwise other people will shape it for them. We need to go further than Facebook activism and turn up to make a difference. We have more information at our fingertips and more ease of connection to like-minded people than ever before. If you’re passionate about something, you can share it with more people than ever. Of course you have to fight harder to make yourself heard above all the noise, but if you’re willing to be consistent and work hard, the barriers to reaching people are lower than ever. You can be heard.”
Sir Salman Rushdie is an advocate of memorising and speaking poetry and prose. He believes it enriches our relationship with language and I certainly go along with that. The rhythms of lines and words written for speaking out loud, echo in our heart and mind long after they’re spoken.
“It is a simple exercise that enriches the way you enjoy poems and enriches your relationship with language and once you have done it – it stays with you forever.” Salman Rushdie.
Anyone who’s learned songs and poems in a different language to their own – before even understanding the meaning – will know how it inspires you to enjoy making the sounds of the words and inspires you to find the meaning of the words.
Christine and the Queens – speaking in French in those very appealing clear French sounds, gets you listening and memorising.
Some rap artists are putting their message across in words delivered with fantastic rhythmic precision and defiance. Others like George the Poet are giving hope to people on the edge of depression.
A couple of lines learned and spoken just once a day can help lift your spirits and freshen you up.
Nonsense poetry like Jabberwocky is great for just beating out the sounds and making yourself and others laugh. The Foals words charge your imagination and take you to another land.
`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.
Now the wolf is knocking at my door
Bang-bangin’, ask for more
Stand here, we stand tall
You can move beyond these walls