Marji's Life and Inspirations
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Some of Marji's background  click here.   Some of her stories are missing as they do not really fit the criteria of Wikipedia.

FAVOURITE SAYING:      It is better to aim for the stars and hit the clouds.
                                                                        Than aim for the lamplight and shoot your foot.

The following are some of the people whose lives & motivation had an impact on Marji

Prof Frederick A Lindemann, brilliant scientist, friend of Winston Churchill.
During 1914-18 war, no-one had been able to work out how to recover from a spin while piloting a plane. A young pilot who survived, suggested that pushing the stick forward appeared to make a difference.  Defying logic, Lindemann set out to prove mathematically this was indeed the correct procedure. No pilot was willing to test it, so Lindemann learned to fly and tested it himself.
MJA - If you are sure and committed to your idea, be prepared to test it yourself.


Wright Brothers
Were the first to achieve controlled power man flight where others were better qualified, better funded but failed to succeed. Even though, the Wright Bros. had not been to college, had no money except from their bicycles business but they succeeded. In comparison, Samuel Pierpont Langley, an astronomer, physicist and aviation pioneer who was given $50,000 (in 1900 approx.) from the U.S. government and was supported by the Smithsonian, failed.
The Wright Bros. had a dream and they utilized what they knew about bicycles to make their dream happen.
MJA - It is not about the reward, it is the idea of realising this would change the world.


42 degree Below vodka, Justine and Geoff Ross
The "42 degree Below" vodka brand. Justine and Geoff Ross started the "42 degree Below" in a garage in Wellington, New Zealand. Nobody believed in their project arguing that there were already lots of other vodkas on the shelf and that it was a traditional eastern European product. Banks turned their back on them and pessimists expected a grim doom for them. But disagreeing with the conventional wisdom and helped by a small team using passion, energy and brilliant marketing they made their dream come true. Ultimately this brand generated $138 Million in value for its New Zealand shareholders.
MJA - They gave me the "bottle", (brave) to keep going. It is not about how many others are doing something, it is about "how can how I do it better?" One of their advice was: "Bite off more than you can chew and then chew like f**k."


Sir James Dyson. Inventor and designer of the bag less vacuum cleaner.
MJA - Just because the market is flooded by similar products - if you can come up with a better way to do something with a quality product, there will be a market.

My Dad. Hilary McInnes. He was a very accomplished horseman.
MJA- Apparently Mark Twain did not say it. "When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years." I find now that I am often quoting my Dad in many different situations with the horses. In addition, his knowledge of using line-breeding to set genetics always fascinated me.  Mastery comes with experience. 

Sir Winston Churchill.  In 1951 he took the reins of U.K. at 77 years as Prime Minister for the second time.
MJA- At 77 Years old he was still going strong AND among all his wonderful sayings- He had a trope in regard to champagne. 
Misquoting Napoleon he said: "In defeat I need it and in victory I deserve it."

Nuno Oliveira.  Regarded as many to be the greatest  écuyer of the 20th century.
MJA- I learned that the horizon is only the start of the universe. His influence in my life is beyond words.

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