You are not your job

You are not your job My adult life self-worth has put way to much emphasis on: how much I get paid how important my job sounds how many people I'm 'in charge' of how often I 'advance' This drive has resulted in a loss of sight of the big picture - happiness, wellbeing and family. … Continue reading You are not your job

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The 21st century needs an awakening

The 21st century needs an awakening Recently I watched the 1990 film Awakenings with Robin Williams and Robert De Niro. Robin Williams plays consultant Malcolm Sayer in a mental hospital, overseeing a bunch of patients in a catatonic state. The staff generally have a widely accepted belief the people are dead inside, which Sayer rejects … Continue reading The 21st century needs an awakening

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*

Bubbles

"Everybody is talking about this issue, why are they not doing anything about it?" Being an environmentalist, this was something I heard all the time at events like this. My main issue with this statement is the assumption from the individual that environmental sustainability is everyone's main priority.  The reason they (i.e. the politicians) were … Continue reading Bubbles

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

Slight return

It took nearly seven months before I decided to publish on the Manifesto of Perfection again, the place I recorded my thoughts and opinions of all things self-improvement. Last week I marked my return, where for the first time ever I featured work that wasn't my own - a beautiful poem by Charles Bukowski 'So you want … Continue reading Slight return

Fight Club: Raymond K Hessel – a near life experience

Fight Club, an entertaining book and film has many teachings for life - not just on masculinity but also on self-improvement, motivation and making the most out of your potential. One of the most compelling scenes is when Tyler Durden or the Narrator (depending on whether you are consuming the film or book version), puts … Continue reading Fight Club: Raymond K Hessel – a near life experience

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

How to do more of the must do tasks that you don’t want to do each day

One of the problems with setting goals is that you get really focused on getting the goals done and letting the ‘housekeeping’ part of your life slip. I can easily write a 1000 words a day without even trying. I can get up at 6am to go to the gym and yet if one of … Continue reading How to do more of the must do tasks that you don’t want to do each day