Timing, Tapas and Temperanillo

We thought we had it all nicely planned one evening while we were in Spain last month.  Off to the nice eclectic restaurant we found the night before in Granada, then back to the AirB’n’B to listen to the annual global webcast from someone we both follow. The previous evening we had kind of abused…

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Are you speaking to people who are listening?

I had an interesting conversation with my ever-loving last night. “How is it,” she asked, “that it’s not until I say I’m tired and ready for bed, you remember all those fascinating things you meant to tell me about?” That made me wonder where else in my life I’m trying to transmit when people aren’t…

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What would you do this year?

What are you willing to receive this year? Who are you willing to be this year? How big are you willing to be this year? How much of a difference are you willing to make? How different are you willing to be? My favourite piece of writing is still Marianne Williamson’s, from her book “A…

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Waiting and hoping, and hoping and waiting …

Waiting at a Spanish pedestrian crossing, we pressed the button and it lit up with the message “Esperar la verde” – wait for the green light.  Being somewhat fascinated with language and words, I realised that the Spanish for “wait” seemed to come from the same root as the French word I already knew for…

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It’s a Wonderful Life

It’s that time of year again – “Wonderful Life” time.  Every December I like to watch the lovely old movie again, it helps me reflect on the year gone by. If you’re one of the very few people never to have seen the film, after ‘doing the right thing’ his whole life, the hero George…

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Productivity & Parkinson’s Law

Some time ago I watched a TV programme on Work-Life balance, that reported that the UK’s “always-on” attitude to work is damaging to our mental and physical health. The programme was largely focused on small business owners, and these health issues were also presenting even in people doing work that they loved. What was interesting…

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Making Work Play

No, that’s not a typo – I did mean to write “Making work PLAY”, not “pay”.  Although that’s important too, obviously – in fact it’s the whole reason you need to be able to make work play.  Because in the real world of mortgages and school fees, of grocery bills and local taxes, of latest…

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Three Steps to Living Your Joyful Genius

“For the first time ever, it feels like I could make a lot of money out of this”, said one of my clients a year or so ago, referring to the work he loves to do and is uniquely talented at.  Eureka  – just what I aim for with everyone I work with! So how…

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Networking your Genius

OK, so you’ve discovered what you are brilliant at and love to do – what I call your  “Joyful Genius”, and you’re even willing to own up to it, and take it out into the world.  And you know that networking is a great way to meet the people who will value your unique talent…

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Action or Just Activity?

If you want to make a great living doing work that you are brilliant at and you enjoy, you are going to need to make the distinction between Action and Activity. At its most basic, the differentiator of Action it that it comes from a conscious intent to create an outcome.  Activity, on the other…

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