Tag: work

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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Making habits count

Look, it’s still January. We’re still only a few weeks into 2020, really. There’s loads of time to build healthier habits – but you will need to try to do something every day. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be something big. Actually, some think it shouldn’t be, to start with. There’s even a book about improving […]

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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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The power of uncool

Life is a balance of the cool and the uncool. Glamour and excitement and dreary reality. Cocktails and hangovers. Magical Christmas Days and overflowing bins on Boxing Day. Mark Cleaver and Mr Darcy. From what I’ve observed, and the people I’ve met: Embracing the uncool stuff is one of the biggest indicators of success. I […]

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Take a chance on someone

The other day I did a post about not wasting time chasing up dud contacts, and briefly mentioned how the opportunities I’ve had in my career have had nothing to do with begging and chasing, but can almost entirely be traced back to people giving me chances. We are wary about giving or being given chances, perhaps […]

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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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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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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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Expect things to be good

If you read these sorts of things regularly, or even extremely infrequently, you’ll be very familiar with imposter syndrome. But just in case, here’s Wikipedia: Impostor syndrome (also known as impostor phenomenon, impostorism, fraud syndrome or the impostor experience) is a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a “fraud”. Imposter […]

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Recession-proof yourself

I’ve heard whispers a recession is coming. And not just in the UK: it sounds like might well be a global one. A recession generally means everyone’s spending less, buying less, and paying their staff less. Intensely creative people can have enough trouble making enough money during fruitful economic periods, right? It doesn’t sound like great news. Trying to look on the […]

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