Reflections from my grandfather’s deathbed

The phone buzzed away - my dad ringing, it was out of character for him to call at this time, he would know I was just home from work having dinner. It had to be bad. Grandad’s health had declined overnight and was now he was in a vegetative sleeping state - he might have … Continue reading Reflections from my grandfather’s deathbed

Why bucket lists are bad and why you should shun them *repost*

Why bucket lists are bad and why you should shun them *repost* Let's say I asked you to put together a bucket list – a list of things that you want to do before you die. Before reading on, take a minute to think about what those things would be. Done it? Okay I will … Continue reading Why bucket lists are bad and why you should shun them *repost*

The sense of it all

My dad joked when my daughter was born "Facebook has replaced the newspaper for announcements" It was a statement I couldn't help think and laugh about (perhaps inappropriately) when I read about the premature death of a former work colleague. The Internet is supposed to bring us closer together, I can read hundreds of unsolicited … Continue reading The sense of it all

Writing your life story

I have started writing my life story. Just by writing that statement it feels strange and narcissistic.  To write your life story you have to be a celebrity or achieve something right? But I have been motivated to do this indirectly by family. I was over at my grandfather's listening to his old stories - … Continue reading Writing your life story

Why bucket lists are bad and why you should shun them

Let's say I asked you to put together a bucket list – a list of things that you want to do before you die. Before reading on just take a minute to think about what those things would be. Done it? Okay I will continue… Without even knowing you I bet it included something of … Continue reading Why bucket lists are bad and why you should shun them

The Sacrifice of Alexander Hamilton

Recently I have been reading one of those free kindle books called "The History of the United States" by a gentleman called Cecil Chesterton. It was published near the beginning of the 20th Century, so it is written in an old fashion way and occasionally you pick up on some views that were popular at … Continue reading The Sacrifice of Alexander Hamilton

My Worst Year

At some point in my early adult life things were stagnant.  I went to work everyday, lived with my parents at home and every once in a while I would go out with friends - usually for a trip to the cinema. There was no relationship, no ambition, nothing except a savings account that got … Continue reading My Worst Year

The Face in the Mirror

The Face in the Mirror: When I first started working I wanted to do something in the evening.  So I went to a creative writing classes.  I was the only male in attendance, surrounded by women who were 40+ It was basically a forum for people to present ideas on the books that they would … Continue reading The Face in the Mirror

Panic attack! …. Death? It’s Funny? ha! ha!

So what next? This week was the first time I missed my weekly deadline since starting Manifesto of Perfection. I am kind of pissed off about it, as the blog always represented my desire to do something constructive and keep accountability of my self-development.  If I get in the habit of missing weekly writings how … Continue reading Panic attack! …. Death? It’s Funny? ha! ha!

Review: Bachelor Pad Economics

Bachelor Pad Economics by Aaron Clarey   As I started reading Bachelor pad economics, my first impression that this was going to be a blunt, no-nonsense approach about all things financial for men. And I do mean all things - this covers a life cycle starting with the young man considering college/university to planning for … Continue reading Review: Bachelor Pad Economics