Tag: inspiration

Do One More

Three days left of January, and some UK places (not Sheffield) have got a lot of snow today. Annual motivation levels, I’m willing to bet, are probably as low as they’re ever going to get. The Frozen movies contain much wisdom, and if you’ve seen the latest one, or have attended a children’s party recently, […]

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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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Work on your emotional defences

We’ve had some extreme weather in the last few days, here in northern England. It would have been a lot worse in my city, had it not been for the barriers set up around the river last time we had a major flood, 12 years ago. Maybe you can see where I’m going with this. There are […]

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Why you should always back yourself

On the Hack Circus podcast, I’ve talked to a lot of people who are heavily committed to a cause, or ethos. Maybe they’ve dedicated their life to improv, art, hacking, community building, or conquering fear. I think they’re fantastic, these people, and I love talking to them. But I sometimes wonder listeners might be daunted by […]

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Do it when you don’t want to

Passion is a popular idea, isn’t it? There’s no shortage of ideas out there about how to find your true passion, honouring that passion and generally forcing yourself to somehow become more and more impossibly passionate about doing some chore, day in day out, for the rest of your life. There are a few voices of caution […]

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Why be creative?

The idea, at least of thinking creatively, has become an uncontroversially positive thing to aspire to. It’s a newly-recognised business skill, considered useful (as you’ll hear in the forthcoming episodes of my podcast) for problem-solving. Since it seems to be about seeing things in a new way, it’s also linked to its buzzword cousin, empathy — putting ourselves […]

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