Category Life Lessons

I know this guy who was successful (otherwise known as Type I errors)

One anecdote does not make a proof. The danger: humans are more easily persuaded by 1 clear and concrete anecdote than by big data and expert statistical analysis. “My friend’s brother bought a house in downtown Barcelona 2 years ago and is now selling it at twice the price!” This statement has far more impact […]

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Charlie Munger’s Inverse Thinking Process

I was watching a few Charlie Munger speeches recently – Warren Buffett’s partner in leading Berkshire Hathaway. Charlie talks a lot about “Inverse Thinking”… The Inverse Thinking Process What is Inverse Thinking?  Charlie says it is helpful to turn a question on its head.  If you want to know what would improve the situation of […]

The Complete Guide to Personal Habits: 158 Positive Reflections in 7 Categories to Be The Best Version of Yourself

It is 43 years since I was born, 25 since I finished school and 12 since I graduated with my MBA as seen in this picture below.  I have written some notes on life every day since I was 14 years old.  This long post is a summary of ideas that came from a review […]

There are no Answers, Just Stories

On success, there is no one right answer: You cannot learn absolute rules from another person. You cannot take the life recipe of another person. You can learn from their stories, but only you will take what you take from a story. Seek out Stories Tribes, civilisations and families have found that life lessons are […]

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3 Steps to Improve Your Concentration

I recently shared a TEDx talk from Dandapani on How to Concentrate.  This is a follow up post, with 3 specific steps to improve your concentration (here Dandapani refers to it as willpower). 3 Steps to Practice that Will Improve Your Concentration Dandapani tells us that there are 3 steps to practice that improve our concentration: […]

Keynote at Mobile World Congress #4YFN 2016 – Entrepreneurial Success

Keynote: The 3 Keys for Entrepreneurial Success When I was 14 years old, my grandfather told me that “Success is earning more than your father.”  This talk shares how my definition of success has changed over the next 3 decades of my life.  My definition today…  listen at the end of the speech. What is […]

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The Wrong Thing to Live for

Imagine looking back at the age of 75 and realising that you chose the wrong thing to live for?  Realising that all those years of work and sacrifice were for something that you now do not value? Living to Please Elizabeth Over at the excellent Art of Manliness blog there is a recent post about Walter Raleigh. […]

Planting Seeds of Success (and of Failure)

Success doesn’t come overnight, but neither does failure. We plant seeds every day, seeds of success and seeds of failure. Some seeds take years to grow – lack of exercise doesn’t grow into the tree of ill health for many decades; €100 saved per month doesn’t grow into € millions for many decades. Today a court […]

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Making Changes that Stick, Building Good Habits [Video]

Here’s a video I shared recently on my YouTube channel. What is the underlying structure of your life?  What habits are made easy because of the layout of your home, your office, the friends you hang out with?  How might you change the structure of your life in order to make certain positive habits more […]

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Poem: The Bridge Builder

This poem was shared by Warren Rustand during the Entrepreneurs’ Organisation Leadership Academy 2016 course held in Washington last year.  It was part of his description of why he spends so much time teaching.  I loved the sentiment expressed by Warren, and captured in this poem: The Bridge Builder Will Allen Dromgoole An old man […]

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