Questions, Answers; Answer: Questions

(with apologies to 70’s Dutch prog-rock band Focus for using – and abusing – their1972 track title from Focus III) How comfortable are you not knowing all the answers?  If you are the sort of person who needs to have an answer for everything and anything, you’re going to hate this post.  Especially if you…

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The difference that makes the difference

The Joyful Genius Manifesto starts by saying: “You are unique, literally one in 7bn. Nobody has done and experienced what you have done and experienced. Which means that nobody can do for the world what you can do, and nobody can BE for the world the change that you can BE.” For a lot of…

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What good can I do today

Taking your whole self to work

Unrealistic? A lot of people tell me that my attitude to work is not very realistic, a bit ‘Pollyanna positive’ even.  After all, if you’re working in a serious business, something like manufacturing or finance, then running around talking about your “Joyful Genius” isn’t going to go down too well, is it? It’s how you…

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Passion is part of success

Pay and Passion

“Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.” Martha Graham Don’t disregard that quote just because it’s about something artistic and you do something more ‘practical’.  I believe that every instance of true genius has some art about it.  That might be a dancer’s performance, or it…

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Inspiration above the clouds

The power of Intention

Intention, attachment & expectation One of the best things you can do to allow you to make a living from your Joyful Genius is to set an intention that you can. And one of the worst ways is to have an expectation that it’s going to happen in a particular way. So I’m regularly advising…

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Living in the moment – intentionally

Writer and philosopher Alan Watts had this to say about our fascination with the past and the future: While that’s true and reality can only be experienced in the present moment, what we choose to do with it can, and does, create the physical reality of the future. It does so with varying degrees of…

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Step Up to Genius …

There are 3 steps to living your Joyful Genius, and the first one is to Step Up and find real clarity about what you are brilliant at, and then own up to it. And not in an airy-fairy, just-do-what-you-love-and-the-money-will-come sort of way, but in a pragmatic, sometimes-the-bills-gotta-get-paid kind of a way.  You don’t have to…

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Who wants to be normal anyway?

Each individual in the world has been gifted a genius in order to make your unique difference in the world.  Doesn’t it follow that being too “normal” is going to get in the way of that? Behaving in a normal, average way means doing things the same as everybody else.  Because you have something special…

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Be-Do-Have – the answer, or just another twist?

A lot of people will tell you that the world has it backwards, and where most people think that when you HAVE certain things (loads of clients, money, friends, etc), then you’ll be able to DO the right things (proper marketing, buy the right kit, go out socially, etc), and that will let you BE…

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Be the most encouraging person you know

You are enough

In my work, I come across a lot of people who don’t realise quite how amazing they are. And they tell themselves all sorts of reasons why they can’t step up and admit to their genius – they’re too old, too young, too poor, too inexperienced, too short, too tall, too privileged, too under-privileged, too…

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