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The Money Myth That’s Thwarting Your Cause

The root of all evil? A good servant but a bad master? Comparable to time? Regardless of the way we view money, it - like everything else - is neutral. We assign that meaning. When I leapt from a sales career in the media industry to search for something more purposeful, it was commonly expected I would happily accept a downward shift in income as recompense for my new found purpose in life. Although a preliminary financial post-mortem revealed 70% of my old-life spending was directly aimed at numbing the pain of being uninspired, micro-managed and chronically bored, I did [...]

April 15th, 2015|Categories: Inspiration|Tags: , , |0 Comments
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The Happiness Illusion

As I approach the end of my first year of study of Positive Psychology I am compelled to share a common idea that surfaces when considering the subject of happiness. Happiness isn’t a blind, naïve, ignorant or one-sided perspective. It isn’t about refusing to see problems, downsides, challenges or tough times and metaphorically sticking our fingers in our ears. I am certain that every system on the planet, and beyond, that is left to its own devices will always always, always move towards homeostasis, or balance. This goes for an economic system as much as for the incredible system of, [...]

March 19th, 2015|Categories: Inspiration, Wellbeing|0 Comments
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Get out of the blue

Today (January 19th) is widely considered the most depressing day the year. As we patiently await the first pay cheque of 2015 amidst extreme weather, lack of daylight and a realisation that most of our resolutions for the year have already fallen by the wayside (oh, and it’s Monday!), it’s easy to nose dive into depression. Yet Blue Monday, as it has come to be known, needn’t be all doom and gloom. As always, it’s a matter of perspective. Here are 3 ways to make the most of today… Get Outside - since the winter solstice on December 21st, the [...]

January 19th, 2015|Categories: Inspiration, Wellbeing|Tags: , , |0 Comments
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Be Yourself…

October 8th, 2014|Categories: Inspiration|0 Comments

Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work

I am delighted to be beginning the Masters in Applied Positive Psychology with the University of East London. I wanted to summarise the field and offer a little introduction. I think this man does it well. A story about perceptions, brains and....unicorns.  

October 2nd, 2014|Categories: Inspiration, Leadership|0 Comments

What Do You See When You Look in the Mirror?

"At least once a day look into the mirror and say: “I love you, I really love you!” Louise Hay

September 6th, 2014|Categories: Inspiration, Wellbeing|Tags: , , , |0 Comments
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Walking the Labyrinth

Labyrinth. We use the word synonomously with ‘maze’. Other thesaurus suggestions include: tangle, complication, jungle, puzzle and web. Curiously, we’ve imbued this inherently simple path with confusion, dilemma and deception. Walking the Edinburgh University Labyrinth this week, I wondered if this was a reflection of the human condition – to add challenge, struggle and obstacles to make any achievement feel deserved. Despite the apparent chaos from the outside, a labyrinth has only one, non-branching path leading to and from the centre. There are no wrong turns, no dead-ends and no mistakes. The journey, though simple, was profound. The symbolism continuing [...]

July 19th, 2014|Categories: Inspiration, Mindfulness|Tags: , , |0 Comments
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The Free Tool That Will Reveal Your Purpose

Do you question your purpose? Feel like you’ve lost touch with the ‘real’ you? Are you asking ‘is this it?’ as you drift through another 10 hour work day? If you crave clarity on what your highest values are and what really defines you, look no further! The answer is right at your fingertips. Literally. And it’s free! No need for expensive seminars. Forget hours of counselling. All you really need is a personal Twitter account! Consider this. With Twitter we're forced to present ourself to the planet in 160 characters or less. This necessary condensing can't help but reveal [...]

July 10th, 2014|Categories: Inspiration|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

How Great Leaders Inspire Action – Simon Sinek

"When we felt safe amongst our own, the natural reaction was trust and cooperation." In this Ted talk, Simon Sinek reveals what inspires people to get behind their leader to give then everything and the ancient precedent for building this kind of trust. In a word: safety. Safety is fundamental to trust and trust is essential to inspire others to act. If the aim is simply hitting short-term goals then coercion and authority will suffice. Yet most leaders, whether deserving of the title or not, yearn to be inspirational. For Sinek, making your people feel safe is paramount to trust [...]

June 29th, 2014|Categories: Inspiration, Leadership|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Evan Williams: Mindfully Building a Company From the Ground Up

I've watched a lot of panel discussions, live and online, on leadership, on management, on inspiring others and on how to grow a 'successful' business. They look, at first glance, like this one. Well educated, Caucasian men sharing a stage with expensive-looking water. This. Is. Different. Evan Williams, co-founder of Twitter, talks in this interview about starting Obvious Corporation. The title of the discussion, 'Mindfully Building a Company From the Ground Up' merited my click. So, what do they do? We bring experience, capital, and focus to startups combining profit and purpose for a smarter, healthier, and more sustainable world. [...]

June 26th, 2014|Categories: Inspiration, Leadership, Mindfulness|Tags: , , , |0 Comments