On Discomfort

“You are allowed to enjoy what you do AND be paid. You are paid for the value you bring, not paid to compensate for the pain you feel. Work isn’t supposed to be hard. It is supposed to stretch you, not break you.”
Suzanne Bourner

“It explains a lot when we understand that our emotional response is five times more powerful than any logical thought processes. No wonder that when feeling stressed, we can make bad choices.”
Suzanne Bourner

“Stress is only fear. You are the only thinker in your mind. Think thoughts that make you feel good.”
Louise Hay

On Purpose

“There is a link between maturity and a desire to help society, rather than just ourselves”
Suzanne Bourner

“No one is an island. Serving ourselves brings us short-term happiness Serving others brings us long-term meaning.
Suzanne Bourner

“Ignore people who belittle your dreams. Be determined and resilient.”
Suzanne Bourner

“Don’t waste time watering seeds of doubt.”
Suzanne Bourner

Yesterday is but a dream and tomorrow is only a vision. Today well-lived, makes yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well therefore to this day.
Excerpt from an ancient Sanskrit Proverb


On Change

“Seasons do change and the ones ahead of you now will be joyful in different ways.”
Suzanne Bourner

“Each of us guards a gate of change that can be opened only from the inside.”
Stephen Covey

“What would you do if you weren’t afraid?”
Sheryl Sandberg

“You’ve taken years to paint a picture called This Is My Career. Each brush stroke had its value. Now it’s time to start a new brightly coloured painting called This Is My Life.”
Suzanne Bourner

“You cannot make progress without making decisions.”
Jim Rohn


On Choice

“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.”
Stephen Covey

“We can let circumstances rule us, or we can take charge and rule our lives from within.”
Earl Nightingale

“If I really want to improve my situation, I can work on the one thing over which I have control – myself.”
Stephen Covey


On Direction

What would you prefer – to live a life by design or a life by default?
Suzanne Bourner

We all have unconscious bias. We can habitually stereotype – and therefore limit – ourselves.
Suzanne Bourner

“All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.”
Earl Nightingale

“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.”
George Eliot


On your Influences

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with” – Jim Rohn. This is particularly important during the months before you secure your new position. The sea of uncertainty is rough sometimes. Keep away from people who bring you down. Stay close to those people who keep you afloat.”
Suzanne Bourner


Authors – quick biography
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer (1969)
Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (1932 – 2012)
Jim Rohn, one of the first motivational speakers, mentor to Tony Robbins (1930-2009)
Earl Nightingale, author on human existence (1921–1989)
George Eliot, one of the leading female writers of the Victorian era (1819-1880)