Habits you should adopt

This post was originally posted on April 2014

Additional note: It’s interesting to go back through my old posts to see how my writing has changed, reading it can be a bit embarrassing but I guess it shows I have changed and evolved…

Life is short, some people choose to waste their free time doing much of nothing, others spend free time on interesting hobbies, improving themselves and developing skills that they can use later in life.

Here are the five habits you should be doing:

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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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The time I was an expert on the Guardian website

A little known fact about me.  I once featured in the Guardian website as part of a panel of experts for a Q & A discussing the benefits of postgraduate degrees to improve careers.  This fact is so little known that I only remembered I did this the other day.

So how did I get to be an expert on a national newspaper website? Continue reading “The time I was an expert on the Guardian website”

The Road travelled

“See… you 9 to 5 workers will never understand the level of commitment of running a business”

Said my friend, it was a dig that came out of nowhere – but it really pissed me off.

Yes – my friend ran his own business but he was talking like he was Richard Branson or something.  I take that back because Richard Branson would be more respectable to his staff and realise they are the bread and butter that have supported his success.

My friend is one of those people who annoyingly think they are always right. Continue reading “The Road travelled”

Manifesto of Perfection: 5 Essential Self-Improvement Posts

I have run the Manifesto of Perfection for over a year. During that period I have spent a lot of time talking about Self-Improvement.


For my goal setting month I have picked out my five favourite posts.

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You’re never too old to learn new things

Recently someone I worked with left.

He is 65 and I assumed he was retiring.  Perhaps spending his time going on holidays or filling out the newspaper crossword.  But as it turns out he isn’t.

He is taking up consultancy work and in September he is undertaking a short course at University that will give him the ability to specialise in a new area of expertise in what has already been a long, successful career. Continue reading “You’re never too old to learn new things”

Time for a change

Time for a change: It dawned on me the other day.  In 8 and a half years I will 40.

If I have learnt anything  in my life, what seems so far away, creeps upon a person in no time.

It happened in my teens and sometimes I reflect where that precious time went.

Going back to the year 2000

It was a Millennium New Year’s eve.  I was 17 and allowed to drink some champagne.  Apart from wondering whether Y2K was going to end us all, like others, my mind was full of thoughts on what the future held in store.  Knowing my teenage mind it probably related to the three M’s:

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Teaching others hard work

Teaching others hard work


I have been going to the gym for the last 13 years.  During that period I have ran for 12 years, only taking it more seriously recently to help with obstacle racing events.

As a commitment to my fitness, I gradually improved my nutrition, which got me some great results and a little bit more attention than the shy, awkward, overweight 18 year old me would ever get.

During this period I have never been asked to share my advice.  I was made a karate instructor, but nobody asked for that. Continue reading “Teaching others hard work”

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”

Habits you should adopt

Life is short, some people choose to waste their free time doing much of nothing, others spend free time on interesting hobbies, improving themselves and developing skills that they can use later in life.

Continue reading “Habits you should adopt”