A Look Back: Why Bucket Lists Are Bad

This week I wanted to share an old post I wrote way back in 2017. This post will always have fond memories as I view it as my first good post, and was the first time I thought, maybe I can be half decent at this writing lark. However I did have worries, wondering if … Continue reading A Look Back: Why Bucket Lists Are Bad

Is This It?

In 2001 I left school to start working a job.  Within three months I’d mastered the basics, knowing I was doing ‘enough’ not to get fired.  Soon I started to wake up every morning thinking:  “Is this it?”  With a fear of not doing anything worthwhile in my life I enrolled in adult education classes, … Continue reading Is This It?

When Your Teacher Told You, You Couldn’t Draw…

Like most kids I used to love cartoons. My favourite pastime was drawing doodles, inspired by British comics like the Beano and Newspaper strips like Calvin and Hobbes. For my tenth birthday I received a book “Make Your Own Comics” a rather simplistic how to draw book which was inflated in price by the dozen … Continue reading When Your Teacher Told You, You Couldn’t Draw…

Why Bucket Lists Are Bad

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… Without even knowing you I bet it included something of the … Continue reading Why Bucket Lists Are Bad

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: S – Specific To be specific about what the goal is, … Continue reading Use SMART objectives to achieve your goals

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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … Continue reading Sometimes Love Isn’t Enough

The Time I Failed As A Karate Instructor

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 … Continue reading The Time I Failed As A Karate Instructor