Around our house we have duties that everyone has to do each week on rotation as a part of being in the family. Then there are the tasks like mowing the lawns which I can do for free, or the kids can do for money. Of course the first question is “how much do I … More How much do I get paid?
“What day is it?” asked Pooh. “It’s Today.” squeaked Piglet. “My Favorite day.” said Pooh. Is today your favourite day? Or are you caught up in the frustrations of yesterday or concerns for tomorrow. Maybe today is the biggest scariest day you’ve had in a while. Don’t let that stop you looking for moments that … More Is today your favourite day?
I’ve sat in this cafe at least a dozen times over the last year or so and never noticed how diverse the lights. They are different sizes, shapes and strength. If I’m honest, the only reason I haven’t noticed the lights before, is because I have never been fully present in this cafe. I’ve never … More Enjoying the moment
As a kid growing up we had a black and white TV in my parents room, and a colour TV in the lounge. As you can imagine the difference when switching between the two was stunning. Equally as stunning is the difference in us when we are being black and white, compared to when we … More Choosing to be colourful
You take your favourite jar of goodness out of the fridge. You open it. And it’s all but empty. Mildly frustrated you scrape and scrape the bottom of the container. And in the end, barely cover your toast. To spread something, you’ve got to have it to spread. To spread happiness, you’ve got to have … More Are you trying to spread what you don’t have?
A few months ago I ranted about a poor customer experience I was having. It attracted a fair amount of attention (and weirdly ‘likes’) and the company took ownership and resolved. More than any time in history you have a voice to hundreds, if not thousands of people. You have the ability to contribute. To … More How do you use your social media voice?
One of the first computer games I ever developed in my teens was a very simplistic helicopter game, where you would hunt out submarines and bomb them. It was simplistic for two reasons, the first of which I was learning to code, and the second because all games were clunky back then, which is what … More When to settle for good enough
If you have kids who play sports I’m sure you’ve experienced the challenges of finding a park close to the ground. On Saturday after finally parking ‘miles’ away from the fields, I was walking to watch the game and came across this street name. Prior Place (No Exit). Apart from smiling and wondering who named … More Will it matter in 5 years time?
The first time you … … ride a bike, … parallel park, … write a blog, … own a project, … shape clay, … read a non-fiction book, … run 2km, Is almost always the hardest. That’s because learning to become a better version of you is risky and takes courage. You might fail. Not a … More Getting past the first time
And so it came to be that I was standing with my daughter on the walk bridge, in the now, watching as the sun slowly inched below the horizon. As twilight took hold a memory was locked away. A memory of being present, being here, being in the now. And I could have missed it. … More Why memories exist in the now.
With the exception of primary school, the first book I ever read cover to cover was when I was 27 years old. It was a Tom Clancy novel. The first business book I ever read was in my early 30’s, ‘The One Minute Manager’. My journey with reading really took off as the founder of … More Learning to read changed my life.
As arrogant as it sounds, if you ask me for help, I’ll most likely say No. I often don’t even give a reason it’s just, No. But it’s a great cause… No. You’re the only one who can help… (the only one, really?) … No. Last time you helped … I did. Sorry, No. Over … More The worlds most powerful question
The other week I tried riding a Segway/Hover Board for the first time. It didn’t go well; I lost balance, crashed, then gave up after one attempt fearing injury and a bruising to my ego. Not surprisingly my son with his young plastic mind got it almost straight away. Doing something for the first time is … More When was the last time you did something for the first time?
In my final years of high school I was labelled. I was average (to below average). I lacked discipline. I needed to work harder. It would have been easy for me to accept that story and have it define my life. What your schools, friends, colleagues and even family say about you is far less … More The story that shapes your life.
Last week I was out running with Jay tagging along on his bike. As I ran, a seagull became increasingly disturbed with my presence and finally started dive bombing me. We sought shelter under some trees and, once the bird was over it, we carried on. It is fair to say Jay was freaked out … More Does fear steal freedom?