Category Archives for "self-development"

The Good Stuff

Yesterday I promised you a post about all the GOOD things that came out of my 365-day running streak. Yesterday it was raining, and I was still a bit poorly and cross at having had to run while feeling so rubbish. Today it’s still raining, but I’m better, which means everything looks more positive. So […]

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The 365-day experiment

On 11 September 2016, I accidentally committed to running and blogging every day, with no end date. (You can read how it happened here, but basically, it was all Seth Godin’s fault.) Yesterday, I completed a full year of running and blogging every day. It wasn’t a very good run, to be honest: I’ve had […]

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Literacy – the currency of the knowledge economy

It’s International Literacy Day today, as it has been every 8 September since UNESCO established it in 1965. We’ve come a long way since then, but still today, as UNESCO’s website reminds us: ‘Some 775 million adults lack minimum literacy skills; one in five adults is still not literate and two-thirds of them are women; […]

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Lessons from Disney No.3: someone’s always watching

The last lesson I’m going to share with you/burden you with from our Disney experience is this: there’s always someone watching. The signs on the ‘no entry’ doors at Disney don’t read ‘Staff Only’, they read ‘Cast Members Only’. Every single person who works in Disneyland – the poor sweating souls in the Disney costumes, […]

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Lessons from Disney No.2: keep moving

You’d think if any company had reached a point where it could rest on its laurels, it would be Disney. One of the biggest brands in the world, with perhaps the most iconic, recognisable characters in the world of entertainment, a slick operation, massive profits. And yet, it never stops. When Walt Disney opened Disneyland […]

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It’s a rollercoaster. No, it really is.

We’ve been in Disneyland Paris for the last few days, and I’m writing this on the ferry back home, feeling like I need another holiday to recover. Our favourite ride – I lost count of the number of times we queued for it – was Big Thunder Mountain, a rollercoaster pretending to be an out-of-control […]

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You do it by doing it

In this week’s podcast episode, I talk to Warren Knight, speaker, consultant and author of Think #Digital First (you can listen to the full interview here). What really struck me in our conversation was the way in which Warren exemplified the entrepreneurial mindset, even as a very young man. He saw opportunities and took them, […]

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350 and counting

Yesterday marked 350 days of running and blogging every day: nearly the year. And I’m going to make the year, of course – whatever it takes. You don’t get to within a fortnight of the end and quit (or at least I don’t plan to).  But I won’t be carrying on every day after that. […]

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Life balance – what does that mean, exactly?

What do you think of when you think of balance in life? One of my bootcampers is exploring this at the moment: what began as a book about how to achieve a better balance has taken off in a fascinating new direction (as book so often do) about what balance means, and whether it’s actually […]

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Inspired by Giacometti

On Wednesday I had lunch in London with a publishing friend who happens to be a member of the Tate.  ‘Have you seen the Giacometti exhibition?’ she asked. I reminded her that I live in the sticks with small(ish) children and that my cultural life ended, or at least went on hold, c.2003. She took […]

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