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What is it you desire the most in life?  How are you going to achieve it? Today’s video clip is actually a Thai commercial but we loved the thinking behind it and wanted to share. In our hectic daily lives we spend so much time rushing  from A to B , often with our eyes…

Watch this little clip, give it time to get going and put all assumptions aside. Then read the list below and ask yourself what you could do this week to; Be Spectacular Surprise people Learn something new Inspire Dare to Dream All too often we have no patience to look beyond the first impression or…

This lovely film by Paper Fortress is a gentle reminder to make the most of life. The film maker suggests that the points below are the best way to make every moment count, to find happiness and achieve your dreams. Make every moment count Express Yourself Stay Positive Have fun, Explore, Fall in Love, Cherish…

Remember every moment. from Narrative on Vimeo. Did your week fly in or drag by? Can you remember what you had for lunch on Monday or who you sat next to on the train on the  journey home? Did you spend more time sitting looking at your computer, tablet or phone than you did talking…

Could this be the sweetest April Fool’s Day gesture ever?  Here at One Octopus we are huge fans of Soul Pancake. It’s amazing what a few kind words or a thoughtful gesture can do to brighten someone’s day. Who could you call for no other reason than to say ‘Hello, I’m thinking of you?’  There…

Spring is a season for embracing change and whilst we are all thrilled at the idea of turning off the heating and stripping off the winter woollies the concept of change can be daunting. It’s easy to state that we’ll start the diet tomorrow or that we’d love to go to the gym more but…

One Octopus  ”Thought of the Day’ to kick start your morning on a positive note.

Here at One Octopus HQ we like to end the week on a fun, happy note and this little video by NBC presenter Ben Aaron filmed in New York hits the spot. Will you be adding Dance Walking to your fitness routine? Could you kick start your daily commute by partaking in some ‘booty bumping’…

One year in 40 seconds from Eirik Solheim on Vimeo. The birds are singing in the trees to herald the welcome signs of Spring. Yellow daffodils and dark magenta crocus lay a floral carpet across the parks and gardens and there is a definite feeling of hope in the air. Walking to the office this morning…

  Watch this video and then imagine that you are Joe, the man who is plucked from the audience to appear on stage.  Imagine that the presenter, Apollo Robbins asks you to focus on your hand. Instead of holding a coin in your hand you are holding on to all your worries and all the…

Every person strives for happiness in their life. We all have a dream and want to achieve ‘success’. Success could be to pass your exams or to find true love. It could be to climb the career ladder or it could simply be to make it through the day without crying because you are going…

The One Octopus topic of the week is ‘awesomeness’. The previous two articles on this blog focus on noticing and celebrating the small every day things in life that inspire us and bring us joy so it only seems fitting to share Pharrell Williams current hit tune ‘Happy’. Is it possible to listen to this…

In this very frank, funny and moving talk by Neil Pasricha he talks about finding happiness after facing the challenges of  a marriage breakdown and dealing with the grief of losing his best friend. How did he overcome his heartbreak? He found happiness in the little things based around the 3 A’s of Awesome. Attitude…

The One Octopus theme this week is ‘Awesome’.  We’re focusing on our strengths and celebrating the positives. We kick start our Monday with this mantra; Follow us on twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn this week as we share fun, inspiring, motivational tips to encourage you to celebrate your Awesomeness …. as the talented poet Sekou Andrews…

There is no such thing as perfect. Yes, we can work to improve ourselves, we can study and work hard or we can eat more healthily and do more exercise but at some point we need to accept that there is no such thing as perfection.  Is it time to accept all those little imperfections…

A light hearted post to share the Friday feeling. Smile, dance, laugh, put a spring in your step, leave your worries behind. Life is full of ups and downs and sometimes we all need a reminder to take a deep breath, stand still, take stock and remember to have fun! This Friday we encourage you…

Irene and Alice are 100 years of age and have been friends for 94 years. In this American chat show clip the duo are interviewed about pop culture and asked for their opinion on technology and celebrities. These charming ladies are very switched on but possibly the most touching thing about the clip is the…

On Valentines Day what better way for One Octopus to celebrate than to share a story with you? Yes, it’s a story about romance and love but if you watch closely you’ll see it’s about going after what you really want, about not giving up and of taking a chance in order to find happiness….

‘Each day consists of 86,400 seconds. Each one full of possibilities, opportunities and decisions.’ How much time do you spend thinking about making a decision? Have you ever hesitated too long and watched the opportunity disappear in front of your eyes? What is holding you back from being bold enough to take a chance, to…

‘The only limitations you will ever have are the ones you place on yourself’. Kristina Hashaby Watch the video above. The cute 2 year old boy ,Titus, repeatedly achieves what you’d think would be impossible. Encouraged by his family he steps up to the challenge at every point. We have no idea how he manages…

‘Look for the bare necessities, the simple bare necessities, forget about your worries and your strife’. Wise words from Baloo to Mowgli about focusing on the positives and finding happiness in the simple things in life. Is that easier said than done? If you are in the middle of, or trying to move forward from…

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution? Today is 31 days since the start of 2014 and we are wondering if you have succeeded in sticking to your healthy eating plan, doing more exercise,  quitting smoking, spending more quality time with your family or in saving money for a rainy day? Have you stuck to…

If you had the chance to wipe the slate clean and start again would you? If you could delete a negative experience or a heated argument… would you?  Is the best approach to our life history to quote Frank Sinatra and declare ‘Regrets, I’ve had a few but then again too few to mention?’ We…

On a scale of 1 to 10 what score would you give today in terms of how happy you are feeling? Of all the blog posts we have ever written the article which has proven to be the most popular is entitled ‘Is Happiness A Habit?’ so it is with great interest that we discovered…

Researcher Brene Brown’s work is recognised on the world stage. She has appeared on high profile television shows such as CNN and Oprah and travelled the world to speak at prestigious conferences, and yet she still faces ‘the fear’ when getting up on stage and presenting her ideas, her work, her passions. In this talk…

We spotted this speech doing the rounds on social networks and just had to share it. In a world where we are all spinning plates and juggling our time this speech by Bryan Dyson is a welcome reminder to question our priorities. What do you really place value on in life? What should you invest…

A friend is dealing with a major life changing situation at the moment. In order to cope with substantial change in his life he tried crying, sulking, shouting and more sulking before coming to accept that each day may bring fresh challenges. In order to keep a cool head and focus he is taking lots…

The holidays are over and it’s back to normal. It may have been a shock to the system as you stood on the cold station platform in the unwelcoming winter weather waiting for the train this morning, or maybe it was a relief to get back to the old routine? By lunchtime you were feeling…

A fabulous thought provoking little film inviting you  to evaluate how your spend your time, for time is very precious. How many hours do you spend worrying about things that never happen? How many hours a day do you spend laughing or doing tasks that make you feel good, feel valued, feel worthwhile? On the…

‘If you want to head in the direction of your dreams you have to take steps, you have to do things.’ For an ‘end of year’ blog we were reflecting on all the things that have happened in 2013. Our thought pattern started with our nearest and dearest, the births, deaths and marriages of life,…

This surprising act of generosity by the airline Westjet brought a smile to many faces of travellers heading home for Christmas. After all, Christmas is a time of giving, sharing, togetherness and joy. But for some it is a time of sadness, emptiness and extreme loneliness. The loneliness can engulf those who are surrounded by…

Auntie Liz was not a fan of housework. When expecting visitors she would pull the sofa away from the wall and hide any miscellaneous items behind it moments before her guests arrived. She’d plump the cushions and put the kettle on and be over the moon to spend an afternoon in good company. In stark…

‘Vulnerability is the birth place of joy, of love, of belonging.’ Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work where she has spent the past 10 years studying courage, shame and authenticity. In this fascinating TED talk she looks in detail at vulnerability and investigates our…

At One Octopus we do enjoy a motivational quote and wanted to mark the passing of Nelson Mandela and tip our hats as a mark of respect to this incredible human being. If you’ve been watching the news, listening to the radio, reading the newspapers and watching documentaries these past few days you are likely…

Turbulence is part of life, there are times when the highs and lows are more exaggerated and there are times when we struggle to stand up straight when the storm threatens to knock us off course. The winter weather has taken a turn for the worst as the torrential rain falls and the winds hit…

Our friends across the pond are celebrating Thanksgiving, a national holiday seeped in tradition to give thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. It’s a time where family and loved ones come together and appreciate what they have and more importantly each other. The Thanksgiving holiday is a reminder to…

I have come to believe that coming true is not the only purpose of a dream. Its most important purpose is to get us in touch with where dreams come from, where passion comes from, where happiness comes from.” (Lisa Bu) In this short TED talk Lisa Bu presents a personal and powerful talk about…

If you are facing a challenging time or just struggling to get motivated then you may find some inspiration in the short clip above. Do you recognise the films these motivational clips are taken from? If you want to test your knowledge then the list of quotes and films appears at the end. It is interesting…

It can be easy to get bogged down by day to day life. The darker nights are drawing in, it’s cold and wet, the news is full of heartbreaking stories and although we don’t always realise it this can impact on our mood and our outlook on life. It’s a challenge to be motivated and…

A Letter From Fred from Green Shoe Studio on Vimeo. Here at One Octopus HQ we do like a feel good story and ‘A Letter from Fred’ will warm your heart on this cold winters day. We love the Green Shoe Studio’s ethos of changing a community ‘one dream at a time’. Human kindness and love…

When was the last time you stood up in front of a group of people and told them with great confidence and sincerity how wonderful you are? When was the last time you said out loud ‘I am the greatest mother / drummer / husband/ scientist / teacher / chef in the world’? Not lately?…

It can be easy to find joy in the littlest of things. A joke with a friend, a smile from a stranger, a drawing from a child to stick on the fridge, a favourite song on the radio, a surprise invitation, a letter in the post that isn’t a bill …. the list goes on….

 Edith Head, who’s legacy is celebrated in the Google Doodle above, created costumes for Hollywood stars such as Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor and won a grand total of 8 Academy Awards, more than any other designer. The legacy she left behind is quite remarkable for a woman who had no formal training…

At One Octopus we believe that hard work deserves reward. If you are focusing on a specific area of your life that you want to adapt, change and progress in then it is beneficial to mark milestones on your path to success and take the time to celebrate your achievements. It could be that you…

Kid President is back with a message about the importance of dreams and why we should always keep dreaming. This latest addition to the Soul Pancake series is inspired by the 50th Anniversary of the Martin Luther King speech ‘ I have a dream.’ At One Octopus we are passionate about life long learning and…

At One Octopus we are passionate about life long learning which is why we are sharing this video ‘Day of the Girl 2013′ and supporting the campaign to make education available to all. To find out more about the campaign visit the Plan UK website.  

Picture the scene. It is a surprisingly warm Autumn day and three friends are walking through the woods with a toddler called Ben. The little one, and the adults, are enjoying crunching the leaves under foot and strolling at a leisurely pace. The sun is warm on their faces and they are enjoying each others…

Casteller from Mike Randolph on Vimeo. This beautiful film by Mike Randolph is the perfect analogy for the struggles we inevitably face in life. Often we need the support of others to achieve our goals, we need strength, we need the courage to overcome our fears and importantly we need to be willing to pick…

Criticism, even the constructive variety, is never easy to take but honest feedback can be a very useful driver for progress in both our career and personal life. This article offers tips for dealing with criticism and using it as a springboard towards achieving your goals. Let’s imagine that you have been in your current…

If you’ve seen the film the Karate Kid you’ll be familiar with the famous line ‘Wax on, Wax Off’ from the scene where Mr Miyagi is teaching Daniel how to polish the car. An increasingly frustrated Daniel gets angry that all he is doing is cleaning and manual work when his aim is to excel at…

As a teenager I spent hours in my room pretending to study, or hanging out with friends. I had a record player and amongst the NOW! compilation albums were old records from the 60s and 70s that I had inherited from a hip Uncle. I’d change the record depending on my mood, singing along to…

It has been an exciting week for One Octopus founder Barbara McNaughton, pictured above. Barbara and her team at Elements Lifestyle Salon in Oxted were awarded ‘Small Employer Trainer Award’ for the South Central region at the National Apprenticeship Awards, quite an achievement considering there were over 1,600 entries! Barbara has been using the theory…

‘Activist Caroline Casey tells the story of her extraordinary life, starting with a revelation (no spoilers). In a talk that challenges perceptions, Casey asks us all to move beyond the limits we may think we have.’ An inspirational TED talk about the power of self belief. If you can get to the part where Caroline…

Many people work long hours, the days of 9 – 5 are a mere memory, or a reference to a Dolly Parton song, but the need to switch off and relax is essential to health and wellbeing. It could be that you have a boss who puts you under pressure or perhaps you are your…

When is the best time to start chasing your dreams? When are you going to be bold enough to take the plan and put it into action? When are you going to invest time and energy into going after what you really want? Today might be a good time to start as tomorrow is a…

Here at One Octopus HQ our team have been taking some time out to reflect on our activity and progress over the past few weeks. Reflection is important in terms of effective communication and also in creating an awareness of how we work individually, and within groups to achieve our goals. Understanding our own actions…

  Thought of the day from One Octopus HQ. At One Octopus we are passionate about skills development, learning, and turning dreams into reality. One Octopus is an online personal development tool delivered through a task-driven, fun and engaging system. One Octopus helps people identify their long-term goals, gain support and check off those everyday challenges…

Is happiness a natural disposition that some people are born with or is it a skill that can be practised, mastered and taught? Happiness comes naturally when things are going our way. We fall in love, we have wonderful friends, we get a pay rise or we finally reach the goal we have worked so…

Would you get into a car with a blindfolded driver and speed around a race track? No, we wouldn’t either but sometimes in life you just need to go for it, give things a try, take a leap of faith and see where the journey takes you. In this video clip by Mercedez Benz, the…

In need of some inspiration? Take 3 minutes out of your day to watch this enchanting little film ‘The Invisible Bicycle Helmet’ about challenging the norm, perseverance and believing in yourself. The Invisible Bicycle Helmet | Fredrik Gertten from Focus Forward Films on Vimeo. At One Octopus we are passionate about skills development, learning, and…

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