No Weddings, 2 Funerals, 1 Day & a whole heap of Messages (Most people think #8 is ‘the thing’…)

No Weddings, 2 Funerals, 1 Day & a whole heap of Messages (Most people think #8 is ‘the thing’…)

I spent my 46th birthday at my elderly uncle’s funeral. I know to some that sounds really morbid. My son Reuben was completely aghast at the thought. If that wasn’t bad enough, I spent the day after my birthday at another funeral, this time of a friend who died at the relatively young age of 50. As you can imagine, being at a funeral is always a great time for reflection. Even more so, when it’s also your birthday. I deliberately didn’t respond to the hundreds of messages I got via Facebook (1 friend told me off because she couldn’t…

A Tale of Golf balls, Pebbles, Sand & Beer

A Tale of Golf balls, Pebbles, Sand & Beer

There is a popular  story about an important life lesson that a philosophy professor once taught his students. As the professor entered the class he cleared his desk and placed on top of it a few items. One of the items was an empty jar. He proceeded to fill up the jar with golf balls until he could fit no more. He looked at the classroom and asked his students if they agree that the jar is full. Every student agreed that the jar was indeed full. The teacher then picked up a box of small pebbles and poured them into the jar with the golf…

Forget New Year’s resolutions, it’s all about #reruns

Forget New Year’s resolutions, it’s all about #reruns

Like most people I spent the Christmas and New Year break watching too much TV, eating too much food and generally not doing too much. I really downed tools and there was a point at which I had to be encouraged to get out of my pyjamas and dressing gown, after spending too much time in them! One of the things that we really got into was watching reruns of classic British film and TV comedy. You simply can’t beat Only Fools & Horses and Morecambe & Wise. Yes, we had access to huge amounts of new films and TV shows…

8+8+8

8+8+8

Everyone has 24hrs every day. That includes you, your boss, the slothlike guy in your team, and your nemesis, the charismatic achieving machine. 8 hours for sleep… 8 hours for work… 8 hours for ??? Even before Branson, Lord Sugar, Oprah, Musk, Zuckerberg, Arianna and Sandberg made their millions (or billions) – they had 24hr days just like me & you. They still do. I hate to break it to you but you do not get the ass you want by sitting on it. If you want more, then you will have to do more & be more than who you are being…

Be Prepared…or else

Be Prepared…or else

By many people’s reckoning, Maurice Wilson was an interesting man. He had an extremely successful army career, where he received the famed Military Cross ‘for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty’. Soon after that Wilson was injured in the chest and left arm by machine gun fire and was sent home, his army days over. Having convinced himself that Bradford held no credible future for him, he left for London, the USA, then New Zealand. Despite achieving some financial success, possibly partly due to being from a wealthy Bradford family, he never quite achieved happiness. At some point during his travels,…