personal developmentI was just talking with my son about his search for a job. He has an interview for an apprenticeship coming up soon but I told him that shouldn’t mean he can take his foot off the pedal.

I remember the times when I was job-hunting, schlepping here and there, chasing one lost cause after another. One particular occasion stick sticks in my mind. I ended up on the outskirts of the city on a cold, wet, Wednesday evening after another waste of time appointment and I thought to myself, “Why do I put myself through this? When I could be back home with my feet up!”.

Then I remembered my college days playing table football. The very next, I received a call to tell me I’d got another job that I had already interviewed for. Way to go!

So what on earth has job-hunting got to do with MLM, especially when it’s the one thing you’re trying to get away from. I’ll tell you.

When I was in college, we used play table football (as we Brits call it) practically every break time between lessons. There was a group of about 6 of us who used to take it in turns to pair up and play each other. We got pretty good – I was (and still am hopefully) pretty good in defence but with the added bonus of deadly long-range shooting from the full-backs.

Whenever there was a lucky goal via a rebound or a deflection, the team conceding the goal would moan and complain, whilst the other side would invariably quote our mantra of the time:

“You make your own luck in this game…”


Little did I realise how true this is because in the game of life, you really do make your own luck. As South African golf player Gary Player once said, “The harder you work, the luckier you get”.

So even at the time, when I was trekking to various job interviews I could have easily not bothered with, I intrinsically understood that if I didn’t turn up, I wouldn’t be the recipient of an opportunity from somewhere else. I knew nothing at the time of the law of attraction or quantum physics. It just seemed obvious to me and it was a lesson I was very grateful to have learnt as it has certainly stood me in good stead and I count myself as being very blessed in many ways.


I thought I might start a new section on the blog called Anorak’s Corner.

What?? Please explain, Mark.

OK, in England, our version of ‘nerd’ is ‘anorak’, especially if the interest is of a non-technical nature. I believe the usage of anorak comes from those who hang around railway platforms writing down the serial numbers of locomotives (or whatever it is they do). Such people have traditionally worn anoraks – it’s always raining in England as you know – and I guess that’s how it started.

Anyway, I was intrigued to find out why Americans call it Foosball, while we Brits call it Table Football. I knew that Foosball was an adaptation of the German Fußball (the character ß is pronounced as ss in German) but was unaware of all the other variations.

So without further ado and courtesy of Wikipedia, I present to you today’s Anorak’s Corner – enjoy!

The most common English names are table football, footzy, bar football and foosball, though table soccer is also used. Among French-style players it is known as baby-foot. The name foosball is a loose transliteration of the German word “Fußball”, which itself means simply football.

In Germany the game is most often called Kicker. In Italy the most used names are gitoni, biliardino and calcio balilla. In Hungary it is called csocsó. In Pakistan it is also known as Patti. Through Brazilian regions, it has received several names, like totó, pebolim or fla-flu. In Spain the game is called futbolín. In Chile the game is known as tacataca. In Argentina, table football is known as metegol. In most other Latin American countries, it is known as canchitas or futbolito. In Bulgaria the game is called djaga.

In Turkey the game is called Langirt. In Portugal it is called matraquilhos. In the Netherlands the game is called tafelvoetbal. In Canada it is widely known as gitoni, foosball and baby-foot in Quebec.


personal developmentEditor: Mark Mottershead has had a varied career and worked in the arts before becoming a qualified accountant. Realising the error of his ways, he turned his attention to Network Marketing along with a range of other work-at-home incomes. He is one of the founders of Sponsoring Power and New Economy Franchising. A father of 2, Mark is based in the UK but spends much of his time in Germany.

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