Aim higher

Some of my success has been limited by my lack of ability to aim higher.

The problem with setting goals that are clearly quantified is that you can quite easily set a target that is too small or not challenging enough.

One things that sticks in my mind was at an interview where I was pushed on how much I felt I should get paid.  I gave a pathetically low amount.

My fear was that if I said too much I would have put them off straight away – my logic was that I was offering them a bargain – they interpreted it that I didn’t value my time.

The lesson there was that I should have aimed higher – even if I did give an amount that was too high, I could have negotiated and still got a wage that would have worked out well for both parties – myself getting paid more and the company thinking they got a true bargain as they had negotiated my wage down!
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Fēijī

Fēijī – it means Airplane in Mandarin Chinese.

When I was at University we had the option to do an  additional language course on top of the regular degree.  As it was evening study the courses weren’t too popular as most students were too busy getting drunk.  But studying Business it seemed logical to learn Mandarin. Continue reading “Fēijī”

Learning how to drive

Trying to Passing my driving test, exposed me to some of the worst advice I ever received.

“You’ve failed your test, just book straight back onto it…”

this didn’t consider that I should reflect where I went wrong or find a better teacher – this resulted in a waste of time and money.

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A Pattern of Failure…

The first time I took my driving test, it was a disaster.  I had got myself all worked about passing my test that I was shaking before I even started. Continue reading “Learning how to drive”

15 years of the gym

I realised the other day that I have been going to the gym for over 15 years.

It all started when my dad started encouraging me to join the gym he was going to.  I was a shy, quiet, overweight Eighteen year old.  I knew if I didn’t take action I was going to get fatter.

So I joined that day.  I never knew doing that would change my life forever.

 

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Small Challenges – big achievement

Look at the picture below – what do you see?

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Curtains?

A rather empty looking room? Continue reading “Small Challenges – big achievement”

200 posts later… My secret is out…

As I write this to mark my 200th post it seems fitting that as I sat in my new home the other day, the ‘missus’ quiet casually brings my blog into conversation.

For those who are not aware – this blog is not something that the people in my real life are aware of.  Its a bit like I am Clark Kent and this blog is Superman.

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How to set goals

selfAs I start off goal setting month, the best place to start is from the beginning, as I show how I set goals.  If you have never done this before get a sheet of paper and write down what you want to achieve.

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