Inspiration - meeting Li Cunxin (and more)

A great few days. Briefly meeting Li Cunxin (Mao's Last Dancer) and hearing from him and other inspiring speakers at the Loan Market National Conference. Here's a selection of my favourite quotes from our keynote speakers;

Li Cunxin (Famous through his story "Mao's Last Dancer")

  • I constantly strive to have gratitude.
  • I hated ballet with a passion, but I knew it was my opportunity.
  • There's no big sign saying "treasure this moment" so you can't take a moment for granted.
  • When you see a successful person you normally don't see the heartache, challenge and difficulty.
  • Have you lived a long life or have you lived your life well.
Sam White (Chairman, Loan Market)
  • Empower customers to make better financial decisions
  • The hardest part is getting our minds right
  • We don't want "good enough"
  • Keep your butterfly nets out to catch good ideas

Chris Helder (The Power of Influence)

  • For us to be convincing we need certainty and simplicity in our messages
  • You can't check out of your reality so you might as well have a positive approach to it
  • Communication is 7% words, 38% tone, and 55% body language
  • The most important words are the ones we say to ourselves
Daniel Flynn (Director, Thankyou water - Impossibility is not a fact)
  • It takes great teams to build great dreams
  • You need a daily reminder of why you do this
  • To make a dream a reality you have to get uncomfortable.
  • Get out (and stay out) of your comfort zone - that's where the magic happens
  • The fear of failure has killed more dreams than failure itself
Vinh Giang (magician, communicator);
  • You are a direct reflection of the top 5 people you spend time with
  • Your beliefs dictate your actions
  • Live full, die empty

Gus Balbontin (Disruption and Innovation);

  • You are at your most vulnerable when you are most successful.
  • Fix the customer problem (not your own problem)