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 the following:

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Use SMART objectives to achieve your goals

The most common about approach to setting successful goals are usually the best and I am sure that you have heard of SMART objectives.

But I don’t like to assume – if you have been hiding under a rock, here is what they mean:

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Sharing Dreams and Goals

Apart from writing a blog that discusses some of my dreams and goals, in the real world I have kept many of my goals secret.

But why would I do such a thing?

Is it because I am embarrassed by what I set?  Or is it because assume that people are quiet negative and take pleasure in pissing on the dreams of others? Continue reading “Sharing Dreams and Goals”

The Seven Deadly Sins of Self-Destruction (Part 1)

Self-Destruction – the opposite to Self-Improvement can have a deadly effect on goals, your dreams and your life.

We are all guilty of doing these from time-to-time, however by being aware of these negative personality traits we can be more self-aware and reduce this behaviour.

Part One takes us through the first four sins.

Part Two is the final three and will be published tomorrow.



I could have done it, but….”

I was listening to someone on the bus and they were talking to a friend on the phone and proudly telling them that they got a 2:1 at University.  They sounded happy, but then they made excuses why they did not do better. Continue reading “The Seven Deadly Sins of Self-Destruction (Part 1)”

How failing goals can be good

When I first started the Manifesto of Perfection.  It functioned as a tool to meet my writing goals and more importantly as a way of keeping me accountable to the objectives I set.

Around November last year I looked back at what I had originally set out to do and was sad, as I felt that I had made little progress on certain things.

After recently having a clear out, I found various notes going back to when I was 18, that I did not complete.  One detailed how I intended to be a professional karate instructor. Continue reading “How failing goals can be good”

My big fat worthless degree


My big fat worthless degree


I saw that Captain Capitalism is having another worthless degree awareness month.

I have been thinking for a while that it was time to illustrate more failures in my life.  This is a brutal exercise I picked up from Scott Adams, that is a good learning experience.

So it’s time to talk about my worthless environmental studies MSc.

My degree is not actually called environmental studies… Continue reading “My big fat worthless degree”

Sometimes love isn’t enough

I once worked for social services.  I was involved in a case where both parents were essentially retarded.  And I don’t mean retarded in the Internet insult kind of way.

They had one kid after another, until the school of one of the kids raised a concern about their ability to protect the children.

Despite what you see on TV, the response isn’t necessarily taking children away, as that would be expensive. Continue reading “Sometimes love isn’t enough”

The Failure: Karate Instructor dream

I was reading the book  “How to fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of Story of my Life”  a sort of self-help book by the creator of Dilbert, Scott Adams.

One of the chapters that inspired me was where he listed his biggest failures and what he learnt from them.

I did the same, what was intended to be a 800 word blog post turned into one of the most brutal exercises I have ever undertaken. Continue reading “The Failure: Karate Instructor dream”