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Life is full of mundane jobs, tasks we do day in, day out that are part of every day life but which we’d pass on given the half the chance. Washing dishes. Checking the bank balance. Making packed lunches. You’ve probably a few of your own to add? This clever little video makes a very…

‘It’s great to let go. I should have started sooner.’ ‘I’m not scared of being vulnerable, I don’t see it as weakness anymore.’ ‘I try to live mindfully and be present in the moment.’ Just three little snippets of wisdom from Isabel Allende in this inspiring TED talk. What can you learn from watching this?…

A little reminder not to give up. Courage takes practice, facing your fears and pushing yourself forward can be a risky business but don’t be disheartened if things don’t go right first time. Learn from your failures What didn’t go to plan? What could you change in order for the outcome to be different? Practice…

BRAVE from EYEFORCE on Vimeo. Meet Tommy who has been skateboarding since the age of ten, despite losing his sight aged two. In this inspiring and moving video he talks about overcoming his fears and the freedom and joy that gives him. He makes some valid points about not being terrified because he wears protective…

A heartfelt TED talk about love. A talk about this digital age we live in and why the art of letter writing, of sitting down and taking the time to send a special thought, share an experience, a memory, a kind word should not be lost. A Facebook post or a tweet can’t match the…

Imagine if you had the Friday Feeling on a Monday morning? According the speaker Shaun Achor your brain is 31% more productive in the positive than when you focus on the negative, on your fears. A fast paced, amusing, partly made up yet based on scientific evidence TED talk that’s worth watching! If you enjoyed this…

Life is full of simple pleasures. The smallest things that bring us joy, that make us feel that it’s going to be a good day or that luck is on our side.We were discussing in the One Octopus office yesterday little moments of bliss that cost no money but seem luxurious in this frantic, connected…

Tilt-shift Time-lapse Swells in San Diego from 25 Studios on Vimeo. Days, weeks, months…. Time is drifting on by. We spend so much of our lives watching the clock, checking the time to ensure we are not late, or checking how many minutes we have left to fit in all our tasks before picking up the kids, going to…

Have you noticed how leisurely the pace of the summer months can be? Even if you are buzzing around with long To Do Lists and spinning too many plates you’ll notice that others have put up their ‘Out of Office’ signs and gone in search of relaxation and time out. The sunshine – if we’re…

This article is written by a happy person. A person who has not yet achieved all of her goals but who is on the right path and who finds, that in knowing she is heading in the right direction, there is a certain satisfaction. On a daily basis she is generally content but whilst she…

‘So often we become so focused on the finishing line that we forget to enjoy the journey.’ Often we become so focused on a goal that it dominates our thoughts.  We become overwhelmed by everything we need to do in order to achieve the goal and put ourselves under immense pressure. Working through long lists…

Do you actively seek new opportunities or do you continually follow the same path day in day out and wonder why your ‘luck’ hasn’t changed? Do you watch friends climb the career ladder, or fall in love, or gain wealth and wonder when it will be your turn? Are you genuinely open to new opportunities?…

Can you relate to the following scenario in some way? ‘Maths is not my forte’ is a sentence that trips off Emily’s tongue every time she have to work out a calculation without either a pen and paper or a calculator. Sure, she can add, subtract, divide and multiply but she wouldn’t recommend that you…

Stuck from Charles Schwab on Vimeo. This Vimeo campaign is part of a series referenced with the hashtag #ownyourtomorrow. If you’ve ever felt stuck in a position or a place then you’ll relate to the video. Often people ‘stay stuck’ because they are so focused on the problem that they forget to look around for options. There is an…

In today’s blog post we’re going to let Oprah do the talking. Is it time to let go of the past by accepting what happened and choosing to to move forward? Is holding on to the hurt, the disappointment and the pain stopping your from living a happy life? Is your anger and emotion creating…

This clip from TV series Friends offers a great insight into the dynamics of relationships between adults. We all know that relationships are complicated and understanding each others strengths and weaknesses can make communicating thoughts and ideas, feelings and emotions much simpler. Watch the clip and look at the manner in which Ross and Rachel…

A thought provoking experiment by a young film maker about how society behaves. A simple message to highlight how our own behaviour impacts on those around us.  How often do we put our own wants, desires and feelings first? Could you give more? What impact does that have on our personal well-being, on our chances of…

Have you ever tried to feed a healthy nutritious meal to a child only to be told they don’t like ‘green bits’ (peas) and orange bits (carrots) and been met with a stubborn refusal to even try? Parents try all kinds of creative ways to ‘sneak’ green bits and orange bits into food, telling porky…

In the supermarket car park last weekend I witnessed what can only be described as an incident of ‘trolley rage’. A perfectly calm looking lady approached the rows of trolleys, put her coin in the slot to release the cart and when it refused to budge she proceeded to have a full scale temper tantrum….

Watch the video clip above. What would the instructor have to say to you in order to convince you to jump? Did you notice that whilst the girl is wearing a harness ready to throw herself from the carriage the instructor is just a foot behind with no safety rope? He stands literally a foot…

Meet Evelyn, a 98 year old lady with a heart of gold who knows her own mind. This little video is part of a ‘giving’ campaign and the story it tells is really quite humbling. ‘If I can contribute I should, shouldn’t we all?’ is Evelyn’s mindset and as the video shows, she did just…

John phones a large organisation looking for a solution to his problem. The automated voice on the end of the phone line provides a list of options, press 1 for dispatch, 2 to change your order, 3 for finance ….. There is no option which fits John’s issue so he opts for ‘general enquiries.’ The…

Can you relate to any of these statements? I should cycle more, I love being out in the fresh air and it keeps me fit. I should visit my brother more often, we hardly spend any time together these days. I should eat my lunch before I go food shopping so I’m not tempted to…

Children of the 70′s will be familiar with Mr Benn, a character from a book and later a children’s television series. Mr Benn was just an ordinary man, an office worker who wore a bowler hat and lived on a street named Festival Road. Everything about Mr Benn’s life was normal until he stepped into…

We can’t help our natural reactions but in taking a step back and practising what we preach can we discover a healthier perspective when it comes to relationships, experiences and challenging situations? Children view the world from a very different perspective to us adults. They don’t sweat the small stuff, freely abandoning their trainers in…

Can you relate to this story? Many moons ago a young woman – let’s call her Lisa – joined a large organisation where the employees were happy and staff turnover was low. Having been through a gruelling interview process, followed by a training course and exams Lisa was delighted to start work and settled in…

At One Octopus HQ we are big fans of the late Zig Ziglar. There was something magical in the rhythm of his voice and the way his story telling made people stop and think and learn. In the video clip above Zig asks the audience to evaluate where they feel they are in their own…

Who better to demonstrate the challenges and willpower involved in self discipline than the Cookie Monster? It’s fair to say that in this clip the Cookie Monster doesn’t wait for very long before getting the thing he desires the most but, for the majority of us, achieving our goals is often a longer process, sometimes…

The word discipline may raise a feeling of nervousness reminiscent of childhood, a memory of being sent to see the Headmaster as a form of punishment for wrong doing or to learn a lesson. As adults could we look at the word discipline from a different perspective? For example if you are trying to  stick…

We loved this thought provoking clip entitled ‘ Talk to Your 10 year old self.’ by the wonderful people at Soul Pancake. What advice would you give to your 10 year old self and could that advice solve any of the challenges you face today? We’d love to hear your thoughts on this, join the…

Boooooo! Boooooo!  At One Octopus we don’t claim to know a lot about baseball but we’re surmising that the Yankees fans felt upset to have lost a great player, whilst still being in awe of his talent. The fans are happy to share their disappointment and bad mouth Robinson…. but watch their reaction when he…

Feel like you are talking to a brick wall? Not quite ‘getting through’ to those you need to connect with? Feeling undervalued or ignored? Watch the above clip from ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ and ask yourself if you could make progress by approaching the conversation from a different angle.  Is your own behaviour influencing the outcome?…

There are times in our lives when our confidence is knocked. Sometimes we know the reason why – a broken heart, missing out on a promotion, failing an exam we expected to pass – and then there are other random occurrences, such as skidding in your car on an icy road or tripping down the…

When was the last time you had a conversation with a stranger? The answer to this question may depend on where you live. Those who live in small villages and towns may be more likely to exchange a few words with a unfamiliar face than those who live in the hustle and bustle of our…

Pay It Forward Day – a day when a person carries out a random act of kindness for a stranger. The example below from the Telegraph involves parting with your cash, which in this day and age not everyone can afford to do but there are a million small things we can do to show…

At One Octopus we’re all about focusing on the positive but that doesn’t mean that we’re not realistic, it’s okay to have an ‘off’ day. Sometimes we all have to drag ourselves out of bed, plaster on a smile and battle the road rage as every traffic light turns to red. There are days when…

An interesting talk about finding your feet ….quite literally. Amy Purdy faced a life changing experience at a young age and quickly realised that in order to move forward she had to let go of the past and start a new chapter. ‘In our minds we can do anything, and be anything. It is believing…

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…

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