Rainy day thoughts

Rainy day thoughts

I have a giant backlog of work; taken too much on again. So here I am on a Sunday afternoon behind the screen of a computer while the rain gently falls on the flat roof of my home office. I have been here all day, I need a break and a boost to get me through. But I am still smiling because, this last half an hour I have been listening to a CD that has lifted my spirits – Steely Dan’s ‘Countdown to Ecstasy’. I haven’t heard it for years, probably more than 30! It doesn’t so much as take me back to a golden age because I think my golden age is now. Rather, it reminds me of just how exceptional Donald Fagan, Walter Becker and Gary Katz were.

In times of uncertainty, there’s comfort in the things we know. Looking back, life always seems so in control and yet I am sure it wasn’t at the time.  I remember being young, broke and scared as to how I would ever pay off my 16kEUR home loan. I admit it was a long time ago and glad it is.

In business too, it’s easy to look back on the old days as somehow better, simpler, more exciting. Perhaps they were, or perhaps it was just the thrill of all the uncertainty?

I love Sundays, I can work if I want to, or I can tell myself, ‘Harley, stop – it’s Sunday for goodness sake!’

Have a good week,


2018-09-23T16:06:58+00:002 Comments

About the Author:

Harley is a dynamic 'we can do this' kind of person with a successful track record of working for a wide variety of companies in all kinds of sectors. From very small family run businesses right through to giant multi-nationals. Over the last thirty five years Harley has built a reputation for inspiring those around him to rout out and tackle the core problems facing their organizations. Armed with a wide range of pragmatic tools that he has developed over the years, Harley is able to help his clients bring about long-term, sustainable solutions, while having fun at the same time. Harley is a motivational 'people person' who is nonetheless tough on efficiency and delivery. Apart from being well known for his highly entertaining and motivational speeches, Harley is also a blogger and author of four books; 'The Change Manager's Handbook', 'Transition', 'Inspirational Leadership’ and ‘Making a Difference’. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvaATmb9_zg


  1. Werner September 23, 2018 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    Hi Harley,

    Inspiring words for a rainy Sunday afternoon.

    Brings a smile on my face.


  2. Johan Van Praet September 27, 2018 at 10:27 am - Reply

    stop – it’s Sunday for goodness sake!’

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