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You Cannot Pour More Water into a Full Cup…

“You cannot pour more water into a full cup without causing a spillage” – Rasheed Ogunlaru

This quote is simple but profound. It is a self apparent wisdom but like so many such wisdoms it isn’t always self-applied.

We live in a world of 24-hour this and that, super-fast brains and broadband – and where at the same time many are overwhelmed, over-stressed, over-stretched, over-worked – and often overlooking what is really important. Do you recognise this picture? Have you been there? Is that where you are now personally or professionally?

The human species may be a race but the human experience should not be one. As they say we all know where such a race ends so why be in such a hurry to get there.

Stop,  step back, pause, breathe…..

  • Are you spinning too many plates?
  • Have you got too much on your plate?
  • Are you dishing out too much to others?
  • Are you going at too fast a speed?
  • Have you room to be and breathe?

There is also a notion that doing lots, rushing around, being busy is effective, essential and productive. Not always so  – and rarely is it sustainable.

This quote points to the fact to be mindful of your cup, what’s in it, the importance of space, the importance to take things at the right pace, and to watch out for the problems that can occur for you, your wellbeing, your mental health, your physical health, your life-balance, your relationships, your work, your colleagues, your customers – and ultimately our world if you are not mindful.

Patience, ease, mindfulness, gratitude, simplicity, inner peace.. these are also qualitative virtues that are often overlooked and under-appreciated but they are the very ones that will bring you more joy, contentment and richness in your life than all the things that you are encouraged to pour into the cup of your life.

If lots of this topic chimes with you and you need a little help and support you may find my Become who you are and  Space, Stillness, Silence semi-meditative talks very useful indeed.



Rasheed Ogunlaru is an acclaimed life, business and corporate coach whose simple ‘become who you are’ approach has helped countless business owners connect with themselves, their businesses and their customers. His background spans over 20 years in coaching, training, media, PR and performance. Rasheed is the business coach partner to the British Library’s Business and IP Centre and business coach mentor to TiE UK. He is a highly sought-after public speaker and regularly appears in the media, including the BBC, The Times and the Guardian.

He is the author of ‘The Gift of Inner Success’ and ‘Soul Trader – Putting the heart back into your business.’ Kogan or Amazon

For information about coaching, motivational talks, or to order one of his inspiring books, CDs and MP3s visit his website or email him

Twitter – @RasheedOgunlaru

or call 020 7207 1082




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