High Five - July 05, 2019

highfive Jul 05, 2019

Here is your weekly Friday High Five! I hope you have had an awesome week so far and are looking forward to a great weekend! Here is list of what I’ve been enjoying or pondering on in the last week.

What I’m reading and re-reading — 

Originals by Adam Grant.

Personally recommended to me by Ajit Nawalkha, Co-Founder of MindValley.  It is a book about nonconformists so is a perfect read for me. DId you know my key ring says ‘rebel youth?’

The Guardian says “Rather like Malcolm Gladwell – whose Outliers has become a bible for those championing nurture over nature as a talent determinant – Grant believes ability is not innate but a product of experience. Younger siblings are likelier to make “originals” because being surrounded by authority figures conditions them to rebel. In professional baseball, this explains why the list of all-time greats for “stealing base”, one of the sport’s boldest tactics, includes few first-born children. By extension, Grant thinks we can foster originality in various walks of life by following some unconventional rules.”

Something making me really happy

Coco Gauff. A 15 year old tennis player who beat her hero Venus Williams, and is still going strong. As I write this she is through to the third round at Wimbledon. Her first Wimbledon press conference is a must watch - this young lady is tenacious, funny, confident, and humble. Her best quote is “She said congratulations. I told her thank you for everything you did. I wouldn't be here without you.” I always wanted to tell her (Venus) that.”

What I’m watching — 

Humans on YouTube, 

What is it that makes us human? Is it that we love, that we fight ? That we laugh ? Cry ? Our curiosity ? The quest for discovery ? 

Driven by these questions, filmmaker and artist Yann Arthus-Bertrand spent three years collecting real-life stories from 2,000 women and men in 60 countries. Working with a dedicated team of translators, journalists and cameramen, Yann captures deeply personal and emotional accounts of topics that unite us all; struggles with poverty, war, homophobia, and the future of our planet mixed with moments of love and happiness.

Quote I’m pondering

“I've never played on a court so big," Gauff said. "I had to remind myself that the lines on the court are the same size. Everything around it might be bigger, but the lines are the same. After every point, I was just telling myself to stay calm." - Coco Gauff, youngest ever Wimbledon Qualifier.

What I’ve written this week 

26 Weeks of Growth - #1 - This is ME, who are YOU?

One Day at A Time #1 - Breathe

My Teachers #1 - A Baby Girl

Flourish & Thrive #1 - A Hairbrush

And, as always, please give me feedback on Twitter. Which #HighFive is your favorite? What do you want more or less of? Other suggestions? Let me know! Just send a tweet to @SaiyyidahZaidi and put #HighFive at the end so I can find it.

Have a wonderful weekend,


P.S. — I’m going to be writing my Q&A blog later today so please send me your questions. Anything on human potential, high performance, coaching, mentoring, positive psychology, practical theology… anything. If I can answer it I will. But be quick, I will be writing my Q&A in about 5 hours and we need the questions in before then. (Try and keep it to less than 50 words - just tweet me at @SaiyyidahZaidi with the tag #Q&Q. 

Ma salaama* for now

*meaning 'with peace'


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