Category: Creativity

Passion isn’t everything

Does it matter if you don’t have a passion? What does it even mean to have one? Is passion one of those ‘if you have to ask…’ things? I know quite a few successful artists. The definition of a successful artist, I think, isn’t a rich and famous one, but one who really enjoys what […]

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How do you know what you want?

Self development always seems to start with a hefty presumption. It’s taken for granted that, deep down, everyone knows what they want (what they really, really want) and a bit of psychological archaeology can uncover this crucial piece of the puzzle and set us on the path to eternal happiness. In my experience, that’s just […]

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Get interested in money

Money should never be a surprise. Thinking about money differently can ease some of the anxieties around work, what we’re worth and why we’re paid what we are. Working out the flow that money takes to get to you is often time well spent. I find this one really helpful when it comes to difficult […]

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Knowledge is everything

Skills are OK, but knowledge is gold. If you’re trying to get into a new field, or even just a new job, know your stuff. There’s a lot of chat about the value of ‘transferable skills’, and yes, it’s important to recognise those, especially at executive level. But no one talks much about relevant knowledge – expertise. […]

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Don’t be a chaser

It’s OK to give up. I give you permission to give up. Wait, don’t give up reading this – sheesh, you haven’t even heard the rest yet. Come back! I recently tweeted that I’m going to stop chasing people about work. Big words, you might think, from someone with almost no following on anything. But […]

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What if talent isn’t real?

Don’t penalise yourself, or anyone else, for lack of talent. You might think: ‘Hey! I’m an enlightened 21st century earthling, I don’t judge people!’ But listen: I think we all do this, subconsciously, all day long! Criticising people for putting visible skills and experience to work only fosters a misconception about talent that harms all of us. It also […]

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Don’t think

Here’s an idea: what if the opposite of negative thinking isn’t actually positive thinking, but rather not thinking at all? If you listen to the creativity episode of the podcast you’ll hear Sarah, who runs a successful outdoor adventure business, talking about how she has increased her courage. “I think I’ve trained myself to take risks. When I was […]

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The Importance of Gaps

Space has gone. Rampant consumerism has closed the gaps between annual occasions. We’ve created a society that never needs to miss anything, and the result is that we don’t get to look forward to anything, either. We can have whatever we want, all year round. At this time of year in the UK we have […]

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In praise of hobbies

Where does work end and play begin? I’ve been talking to some people today who are planning an event about hobbies, and it’s never felt more timely. Hobbies seem to be both a stepping stone towards a new career; a nursery slope of work, if you like – and the exact opposite of work. When […]

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How to avoid regrets

I’m about to hit the stroke of forty, and I’m pleased to report I can’t think of any regrets. This isn’t to say that I’ve never failed at anything; quite the opposite! But the reason I don’t have any regrets is because I’ve had the great fortune to try a lot of things. I now know what […]

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