Archive | September 2011

Quote of the day

If we are to move from a culture of war to a culture of peace then we will have to unite around the most fundamental issue that humanity faces – the protection of each other and our environment. 21 September is the starting point. Individuals can make a difference. By working together there will be Peace One Day.

Jeremy Gilley

Finding glass bottled water in super markets

Here we go! After an absence of about 9 days from blogging due to life happening, I finally managed to write my next blog post. I am really behind with my 365 project, but I will catch up during my holidays in October when I will be off to Germany for 2 weeks and can spend all the time I want for blogging and other things that sometimes don’t fit into a busy schedule.

Street view down to Covent Garden Market.

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But back the actual issue of me trying to find glass bottled water in a Marks & Spencer on Sunday last week while having a little walk through London in the Covent Garden area.

It was a great day and it was just great to be out with my baby and discover some new areas that I did not manage to see in the past 6 years in London. After some extensive shop hopping we were looking to get a bottle of water as a refreshment and went into Marks & Spencer. In my opinion, Marks & Spencer stands for the more environmental kind of super market with a lot of good ideas to minimise the impact on the environment. However, it was very difficult to find some glass bottled water. We found all kinds of plastic bottled water from all different brands, but nothing really bottled in glass. We asked a very friendly customer service agent who gave us a really astonishing look when we were asking for water in glass bottles. But he managed to find us the only water in a glass bottle that was in the lower corner of the last row on the bottom shelve, which was San Pellegrino.

To my shock it was the only glass bottles water. I was really under the impression that are more companies that still fill their beverages into glass bottles. Having been glad to find at least one brand of mineral water in a glass bottle, we enjoyed the healthy refreshing water and continued our walk.

However, the next challenge was coming up on the horizon. Recycling. It took us several streets to find a recycling bin that would take glass bottles. We did not really want to use any available bin. Anyway, there are not many bins around in London when you compare it some other major metropolis in Europe, but there is a relatively small amount of recycling bins in London as well. Still much to do when we really want to make a difference.

I really hope that in future we will have more people asking for glass bottles water and make retailers change their product offer, because at the end we as customers have a great power with our buying decisions.

I will also have a look in a German supermarket when I am back home and will try the same thing, os watch this space for a comparison!

Rejection can happen

Here we go. Another day in the office and before some interesting meeting with a potential client or business owner. What a day! Which brings me straight to my subject of today’s post – rejection.The meeting earlier today was again unsuccessful in the case of selling another product or having somebody to join my business as a partner. However, I think it all depends on how you see it. You hear it at business functions, meetings and read it in books and still it is so difficult to accept that not everybody will like your product or is into what I am doing. I think every successful person went through these periods of rejection of either the product or the business idea. Maybe, I should try what Jerry Yang, co-founder of yahoo, did in order to overcome his fear of rejection. He literally went on the street and talked to complete strangers about anything that came into his mind and got many, many times rejected and people gave him weird looks.  

At the end, I want to find people I can work with, that are ambitious and want to make their dreams come true. There people might be difficult to find, but they are out there – at least I hope! So, here is the question that I have in my head all day – where do I find these people? They must be somewhere and I will find them.In a recent meeting with a very successful business man, I was told that every time I talk to a person about my business idea and the products is worth about £300. This is actually quiet amazing considering that this chat will only take about an hour or two. This is quiet good hourly rate!

I promised myself that I will not give up until I have told enough people about my business idea, so that I cam make sure that I can have the opportunity to decide every morning what I want to do today. Sounds great? It does!!!!!!!!

But first, I need to some work, as it does come from nothing and freedom is at least a great thing to look forward to and worth putting some extra effort into it. What would you be willing to give up for the freedom to decide each day what you would like to do today?

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