Reviewing commitments

How often are we caught up in a particular course of action – something we had committed to some time ago – when it no longer serves us…

Anything is possible

We live in topsy-turvy times. If Trump can become the leader of the most powerful nation on this planet, then anything is truly possible. He is challenging established…

Give as much as you take

Give as much as you take. (If in doubt, give a little more.) Balancing our needs and their needs, in a fair and reasonable way, is important for…

The time for grassroots action is now

Forget governments and politicians; the time for grassroots action is now. Like many people I know, I have been increasingly disillusioned with politicians and governments of late; from…

Post-traumatic growth

The Surprising Benefit Of Going Through Hard Times is a positive article on thriving after traumatic events. A common traumatic event many working professional face is being the…

The importance of being healthy selfish

A core aspect of elevating ourselves is learning healthy selfishness. Healthy selfish is why we must put on our own oxygen masks first, before helping others. In every…

The unemployable skillset

Traditional employment methodologies and processes seem to be increasingly falling behind the reality of work. The jobs that are most safe going forward naturally require skills referred to…

Scanners and divers

“Our culture respects specialists. People aren’t called ‘Renaissance men’ any more; they’re called ‘dilettantes’ or ‘jack of all trade,’”  — Barbara Sher in I Could Do Anything If…

Pink flamingo legacy

Don Featherstone invented, inventor of the pink (plastic) flamingo died this year aged 79. This brought to mind the idea of legacy. What do we leave behind? What…

When is good enough is good enough

We all get taught that attention to detail is important. The devil is in the details. Perhaps because so much of our work is detail-oriented; with lists to…

Making an impact vs overnight fame

The Internet gives us all a global voice like no other technology before it. We just don’t know who we may move with our stories, our thoughts, our…

Live your dream: a tableau

This shop window in Oslo caught my eye one evening in Oslo. (The “Live Your Dream” text was actually stencilled on the shutter.) “Live your dreams” is so…

Lesson from Van Gogh 3

I found myself profoundly moved by Van Gogh’s story while visiting the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. In his isolation, Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo. From…

Lesson from Van Gogh 2

I found myself profoundly moved by Van Gogh’s story while visiting the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. No one creates in isolation (on an island or otherwise.) Van…

Lesson from Van Gogh 1

I found myself profoundly moved by Van Gogh’s story while visiting the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The immediate impact was the sheer volume of work; work completed…

Minimum Necessary Outcome

How much of what we have to do is indeed what we have to do? How often do we do something without really understanding why or being clear…

Work life balance is not a flatline

In a previous post, I wrote about factoring in time when considering work life balance; that balance can really only be achieved over time, when we can look back…

Travelling is like a startup business

The mentality we adopt when travelling is very similar to that of a startup business. Traveling is externally focused. Outward bound. Get things done now. Use whatever means…

Action-oriented mindset

I have noticed that when I travel, I get into this get-it-done mentality. When something happens that I need to act upon, I just use whatever resources I…

Flow from a floor

Restoring an old damaged parquet floor meant a lot of repetitive work scraping each and every tile clean so they can be re-laid. Surprisingly enough, it can also…

On travelling

Travelling as a reminder that the world is at once vast burgeoning with possibilities, and  dramatically shockingly accessible. Travelling as an effective way to create a sense of…

Commitment and happiness

Science says we need commitment to be happy. Death is needed for happiness. Life and death are two permanent states we are committed to. There are no other…

woman with jet pack

Escaping the status quo

Read this inspiring story about Brian Lim’s journey from a “bottom feeder” misfit to a space industry kickstarter. The systems around us, even the ones that nurtures and…

Electronic note taking FTW

Earlier this year, I found myself at a meeting on the other side of the planet (deliberately) without my laptop. I used my phone to take notes, draw…

 

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