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I have learned 3 things about getting good work done

I have learned 3 things about getting good work done: There is no magic app:  My lack of productivity was never down to a missing app, or not implementing Dave Allen’s GTD system correctly, or not having the right colour pens and post-it notes.  I have everything I need to be productive with a keyboard […]

Guilt and Mistakes

The basic freedom we have in life is the freedom to make mistakes.  If we can’t make (reasonable) mistakes and learn from them, what freedom do we really have? “The first time it is an accident, the second time it is a decision.” My girlfriend likes to say: “The first time it is an accident, […]


How I Stopped Email Overload

“Inbox zero?” I haven’t seen anything near zero for a decade. I think email is a hugely useful tool, and also a massive black hole that can suck up my time and energy.  I haven’t tried to manage email for the last few years on the view that almost nothing of great value ever arrives or […]

15 Questions To Ask Your Kids To Help Them Have Good Mindsets

David William wrote this post at Lifehack, but I find that I have gone back a couple of times now to find these questions.  I was on a bike ride along Tibidabo mountain last night with my daughter (8) and I asked her a couple of these questions.  I get some profound answers. Jim Collins […]

How Self-Discipline will make you a Better Leader

Self-discipline is the foundational habit that makes all other good habits possible. Self Discipline What is self discipline? It is the ability to do a chosen action even when you don’t feel like it. Anyone can do the action when they feel like it.  It is the ability to do it when you don’t feel like […]

Life is not Hard, it is easy

Life is not hard, it is easy.  That is the problem. Why do we stop chasing our dreams? Because it is so easy to wake up, do the minimum, eat, sleep and repeat. Meet someone, bring up kids, drift and die… It is easy to live. That is the curse. It is easy to look […]


How to Build Credibility

The Myth of Mad, Mad Cassandra Cassandra lived in the time of greek myth, before we put numbers to the years.  She was the daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecuba of the city of Troy.  She was a strong willed, beautiful red head.  Her beauty was so great that she is considered the second […]

Will Smith (photo from Esquire)

Put somebody on a treadmill and I’ll tell you how good they are at any other thing they do in life.

Reading an interview with Will Smith (he is deep and a keen observer of the human condition), I came across this statement from him: “Put somebody on a treadmill and I’ll tell you how good they are at any other thing they do in life.” Will Smith Harsh. Brutal. but… is it True? I think […]

Ryan Avery. At age 25, Ryan is the youngest World Champion of Public Speaking in history. He currently works as the Director of Marketing and Communications at Special Olympics Oregon.

“What is the hardest thing that you ever had to work for?”

This is a request for your experience.  I want your help. Yesterday, I came across an interview with Ryan Avery, 2012 World Champion of Public Speaking on the blog of Paul Sohn: How to Speak Like a World Champion of Public Speaking. The question that really struck me and has left me deep in thought […]

How Often Do You Really Face Reality?

“All organisations need a discipline that makes them face up to reality” Peter Drucker What got us to today’s success will not keep us here.  No activity will remain effective for a long time without modifications.  Eventually every activity becomes obsolete. The ability to stop doing things that no longer serve is vital: in my life, in […]

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