Tag: 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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Cures for self-interrupting

Those of us with a fitness YouTube habit know the fundamental truth of getting painful stuff over with: it goes quicker if you don’t pause it. Self-interrupting is an enormous issue for me — and therefore, I can only assume, for others. The only way I can get through anything without opening a different device, […]

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Getting real about the future

Yesterday I talked about how you know what you want, and lo and behold! Today we have a story in the news about how young people are wanting the wrong things. Apparently, most young people want to work in art, culture, entertainment and sport, and there are nowhere near enough jobs in these fields to support them. […]

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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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The truth about opportunities

What if missed opportunities were never, technically, opportunities? I wrote about regret the other week. I said that being interested in things is what buys you real opportunities. Enthusiasm will get you rolling the dice more often. That’s really the only way to try out enough of life’s games to discover which ones you have a decent shot at. […]

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How to hear yourself

In our age of blogging, selfies and podcasts, it’s surprising this doesn’t come up more often. Or is it? Take in the digital landscape on an average day, and the scene looks like a glamorous party in a fashion campaign video. All around you, people are impossibly comfortable with themselves and their ideas, sharing every thought […]

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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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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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