3 for the week: Inspirational quotes to get you through the week – 1st May 2017

MOTIVATION: “You just do things that you find scary and after a while, they cease to be scary.”- Will Dean, the founder and CEO, Tough Mudder

SUCCESS:  “Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.” – Sir Winston Churchill, former British Prime Minister

LIFE & WISDOM: “The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” – Michael Altshuler

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Brexit – Unchartered Waters: Quotes devoted to peace, harmony, respect and a progressive future

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Our country is currently in the grip of the worst crisis since the Second World War. After deciding to leave the European Union, an institution that the UK joined in 1975 designed to bring countries in Europe closer to foster greater cooperation, enable free trade and unite behind a common identity, the aftermath has revealed deep and some would argue insidious divisions that have shaken the political, social and economic equilibrium of this country.

As we enter unchartered waters ahead, I hope the country can find a way forward with peace, harmony and respect for the betterment of all. Here are some quotes devoted to just that:

“One of the things I learnt when I was negotiating was that until I changed myself I could not change others. – Nelson Mandela, Former South African President (1918 to 2013)

“Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew. They’re what make the instrument stretch — what make you go beyond the norm.” – Cicely Tyson, American actress

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” – Leo Tolstoy, Writer (1828 – 1910)

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt, 1st chairwoman of the United Nations Human Rights Commission

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” – Nelson Mandela, Former South African President (1918 to 2013)

It”s our duty to look after ourselves and, then, also to look after our neighbours.” – Margaret Thatcher, Former British Prime Minister (1925 to 2013)

“Happiness cannot come from without. It must come from within. It is not what we see and touch or that which others do for us which makes us happy; it is that which we think and feel and do, first for the other fellow and then for ourselves.” – Helen Keller, author, political activist, and lecture (1880 – 1968)

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” – Martin Luther King Jr., U.S. civil rights leader, (1929 – 1968)

“Moral responsibility is not just a matter of avoiding harm to others; it also means helping people in need.” – Michael Nedelsky, American educator

“When you’re frightened don’t sit still, keep on doing something. The act of doing will give you back your courage.” –  Grace Ogot, author, nurse, journalist, politician and diplomat (1930 – 2015)

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3 for the week: Inspirational quotes to get you through the week – 12th October 2015

MOTIVATION: “When one door shuts, another one opens.” – Spanish proverb

SUCCESS: “My will shall shape my future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man’s doing but my own. … Win or lose, only I hold the key to my destiny.” – Elaine Maxwell, American author

LIFE & WISDOM: “How many opportunities come along? If you wait for the right one, that’s wrong, because it may never be right, and what have you got to lose? Even if it’s a disaster, you’ve tried, you’ve learned something, you’ve had an adventure. And that doesn’t mean you can’t do it again.” – Edward McCabe

3 for the week: Inspirational quotes to get you through the week – 21st September 2015

MOTIVATION: “Let me tell you the secret that has led to my goal: My strength lies solely in my tenacity.” – Louis Pasteur, chemist and microbiologist

SUCCESS: “I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot… and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that’s precisely why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan, American basketball player, actor

LIFE & WISDOM: “To live without Hope is to cease to live.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky

3 for the week: Inspirational quotes to get you through the week – 10th November 2014

MOTIVATION: “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” – Jim Rohn

SUCCESS: “There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.” – Christopher Morley

LIFE & WISDOM: “Each minute we spend worrying about the future and regretting the past is a minute we miss in our appointment with life.” – Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese monk and author

Six reasons why you need to undertake an expat assignment in the GCC

Dubai is part of the United Arab Emirates and has witnessed modernisation on a grand scale since the 1990s. It has weathered the financial storms during the height of the financial crisis to re-establish itself as a prime destination for multinationals looking to establish a presence in the region and beyond. The United Arab Emirates is part of the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) and can be best defined as a regional intergovernmental political and economic union comprising Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Having lived and worked in Dubai for nearly four years, since coming back to the UK I have benefited both culturally and career wise. My time there was interesting, enjoyable, challenging and enriching. Having also had the opportunity to travel to other countries within the GCC, I have found that there are several common themes that are prevalent throughout the six countries. These are:

The GGC leads the way in job creation: As the economies and populations of the GCC grow, so does demand on civil infrastructure, education, healthcare, housing so this results in job opportunities across multiple sectors.

Fewer decision makers: This is especially the case with regional companies/family conglomerates where it is often the CEO and/or Chairman who is the sole decision maker so decisions are reached faster rather than going through multiple layers of approval.

Faster business cycles: Due to faster decision making, projects can take shape much faster so a company’s hiring needs can be established quicker, creating job opportunities and transactions are completed faster.

Career development: Economies in the GCC are still developing so this means better prospects to move both laterally and vertically in your career. If you are somebody with between 5 and 10 years’ experience with a good educational background, you are going to be in demand so expect calls from recruiters.

Personal and professional development: Even if you decide to spend only a few years in the GCC or commit to a longer duration, you should expect to enhance your skills set as you gain exposure to prestigious projects and working alongside a multinational workforce means a more culturally diverse experience. Many expats who have worked in the GCC go on to work in other regions such as Asia Pacific and North America as their GCC experience is considered very valuable and transferable so if you choose to go to the GCC region, you will certainly be adding value to both your life and career.

Weather: Although it is stifling hot during summer months (mainly May to October), when it does cool down there are ample opportunities to pursue outdoor pursuits. Plus, it’s really nice waking up to a sunny bright blue clear skies.

3 for the week: Inspirational quotes to get you through the week – 31st March 2014

MOTIVATION: “Need and struggle are what excite and inspire us; our hour of triumph is what brings the void.” – William James, 1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author

SUCCESS: “Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” – Coco Channel

LIFE & WISDOM: “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” – Henry Ford