Caring enough to make things happen, while being care-free enough to enjoy the journey, has been the challenge of my 2021 thus far. To Dance beautifully, you have to train for perfection… and then let go, and so it’s an art-form that to me perfectly demonstrates this relationship.
With the current pandemic exacerbating economic uncertainty, the pressure to pursue financially-secure paths is rising. However, the world needs creative professionals as well, but how do you ensure security in these fields?
While some decisions are obvious, others are not. We can find ourselves torn at times between two options. Both with different positives and negatives and weighing these up can send our head into a spin.
One of the great enemies of achievement, the tendency to procrastinate is a very genuine challenge and not something to be embarrassed about or seen as a personal weakness. Procrastination comes when you have this frustrating feeling that while you know you want to have done something, there are a million other ways to spend your time than in the doing.
Two women celebrate their 70th Birthday. They both feel very different about this milestone. One ‘knows’ that her best days are behind her and that
When it gets towards the end of another year, I naturally start reflecting on the past twelve months. As a thinker, I pretty much reflect
Two years ago I was doing some article browsing online and stumbled upon something written by the writer Ryan Holiday. I liked the way he wrote. He had an ability to cut to the heart of something and speak a truth I needed at that time. The focus of his writing then, was on a thing called Stoicism. You may know what that is already but I didn’t. I’d never heard of Stoicism, Stoics, Seneca or Epictetus. I had heard of Marcus Aurelius because he was the old King in Gladiator, but that was it. Stoicism is a Philosophy and Seneca and Marcus Aurelius are two of its most famous teachers. I lived with a girl when I was at University, who studied philosophy. I had no idea what it was until I discovered Stoicism. How I would describe it
Whoever you are and whatever your lifestyle, I bet that at some point you’ve experienced loneliness. If you haven’t, it’s likely you will in the
I’ve spent a fair bit of time over the past few years trying to understand what it takes to be successful. Why some people rise
This time last year I had landed back into Heathrow Airport after four days in Heiligenhafen; a small seaside town on the Northern Coast of
When I was in secondary school, every year we would have our annual prize-giving ceremony. A fairly formal and uneventful evening with lots of clapping
And how to calm down that voice obsessing over the result… There is a moment in the film ‘The Bucket List’ where Morgan Freeman’s voice says, “I believe that you measure yourself by the people who measure themselves by you”. It’s a slightly clunky sentence that takes a moment to digest, but when it does it becomes very powerful. Powerful because within this lies the epitome of what success really looks like to many of us. True success looks like being respected by and on a level with people you respect and would otherwise look up to. There are great icons of culture or business who have achieved remarkably rare things. As an entrepreneur you might look to Richard Branson. As an artist you may follow Damien Hirst. As a singer-songwriter you may be imagining a day when Ed
A majority of people don’t exercise before work. A majority of people in the Western world also don’t optionally take cold showers. I was talking
Life is a rollercoaster of highs and lows. Sometimes we feel amazing. Sometimes we feel lost and sad. Buddha famously said, ‘life is suffering’, something
When acclaimed poet Dorothy Parker was asked about the writing process, she said the following: “I hate writing but I love having written.” – Dorothy
The relationship between dreaming and success is a complicated one. On the one hand, without dreams you’re unlikely to seek new things for your life.
When we look ahead at our next steps; career moves or goals we want to achieve, there’s a search that goes on. A search for
Quick success is something we see a lot. In the media, on Instagram and on TV, the age of successful people can seem very young.
“I don’t need time. What I need is a deadline.” – Duke Ellington One of life’s perpetual frustrations is that feeling that you’ve missed the
How to be smarter according to Einstein, more inventive by Elon Musk, more athletic by Serena Williams and more beautiful by Christy Turlington.
As someone who hasn’t yet worked out how to be a billionaire inventor with an athlete’s body and the charm of a Princess, I think
There’s a rumour going around about how to live life to the fullest. The rumour is that to really maximise life and achieve peak happiness,
“Nature gave us friendship as an aid to virtue, not as a companion to vice.” – Cicero King Arthur is a legend. Literally. Whether he
Kanye West gets a lot of sh*t. It’s fair to say he’s a polarising character. Some people think he’s the biggest moron currently walking the
“The preparation, the sacrifice, the constant desire to improve”; a lesson in career transitions from Matt Smith.
After a successful three years as “The Dr”, Dr. Who star Matt Smith has recently found himself back in the spotlight. He’s currently starring as
Two months ago, I wrote about why I was setting goals instead of resolutions for the new year. The way I’d set these goals was
“Most people in this world are not closers”, and other lessons learnt from Neil Strauss’ ‘The Game’.
There are certain books which people from all professions turn to for career advice. This is because the most valuable lessons in life are human
“Jack of all trades, master of none”; an insult warning you that by trying to tick many boxes, you fail to master any. For people
Steve Jobs has become a bit of a cult figure in the business world today. As the founder and visionary of Apple, his uniquely creative
The lifestyles of the rich and famous have long been lusted after by ‘regular people’ who gaze at photos in magazines and lap up tales
When I was 22, I started my first “career” job, in advertising. My manager, Kate, was 26. She was immaculate, dominant and from what I
I should probably start by saying, I’m not about to tell you to be more ‘fake news’ or preach the virtues of lying. There are
In primary school, I was clever. I knew I was clever because for three years in a row I was first, second or third in
The arrival of January means the end of one year, and the beginning of another. A new chapter. An opportunity to reset, reflect and try