“John, what is the word for mouse?” Teesside John, pauses, he’s sat behind me in the lecture hall so I don’t actual get to see his body language, but I sense his discomfort as he stumbles to try and answer a question he doesn’t actually know the answer to. The sound of his voice stutters, … Continue reading What Learning Mandarin Taught Me About Persistence
A key value of mine is the great pleasure taken from making the life of others better. But my relationship with people can vary, dependent how they treat me. When I worked in a library I was in a role on a standard minimum wage, working inconvenient shifts, no prospect – but the customers made … Continue reading How to be a Better Human in 2021
Can you believe I've been a dad for three years. It only seems like yesterday I welcomed my first child into the world - I didn't have a clue what I was doing and had constant anxiety that everything small thing I did would have an impact on my child forever. One of the biggest … Continue reading How Busy Dads Can Balance Goals
“Grudges are for those who insist that they are owed something; forgiveness, however, is for those who are substantial enough to move on.” Criss Jami, Salomé: In Every Inch In Every Mile Hate, Hate is such a strong word. You might say you hate Madonna, but really what you mean is you dislike her music. … Continue reading The Hate List
I managed to watch the latest movie in Kevin Smith’s View Askewniverse – Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. When I was younger, I was a massive fan of Kevin Smith’s work. I bought the spin-off comics and even on my first visit to a America, went on a mission scouring stores to find the Clerks … Continue reading What Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Teaches About Personal Growth
Something I wrote several years ago that still gets a lot of attention is the post My big fat worthless degree. It’s lasting popularity, I account to the fact that countless others have gone down this path, to feel cheated. I imagine my words resonated with readers frustrated by their life choices. This is a … Continue reading Is it Worth Getting a Degree?
Roger Bannister was a middle distance runner, most well known for being the first person to run the first sub-four minute mile in 1954. This was something not thought to be possible by sportswriters. Once Roger reached this milestone, something changed from the breakthrough, and he was soon followed by a number of top class … Continue reading Roger Bannister on Breaking New Grounds
One in four people in the United Kingdom will experience a mental health problem according to Time to Change. Although mental health is complex, there are small decisive actions you can take to help your wellbeing. The infographic below shows some ways of doing this with suggested goals to achieve this: <<this infographic is based … Continue reading 6 Ways to Level Up Your Wellbeing
Your life is your life... So why do you allow yourself to be pushed into doing things you don't want to do? The time you have is precious - you only get this opportunity once, why waste it on people, projects, activities that don't interest you? If you have problems asserting yourself, check out the … Continue reading Assert Yourself! How to Not Be a Pushover When You Don’t Want to Do Something
If you are from the UK you will know what ‘Clap for the NHS’ is – a time during Coronavirus lockdown where members of the public went outside once a week at 8pm to show solidarity to healthcare staff and key workers. I was overwhelmed the first time this happened – my whole street was … Continue reading The No Complaining Challenge 2020: A Retrospective
Have you seen my No Complaining Challenge yet? Because many are calling 2020 a ‘bad’ year, this seemed like an ideal time to challenge my readers not to complain for the next three weeks. Check it out! In today’s post I highlight some tips to manage your complaining, this will help you think about how … Continue reading 9 Tips to Manage Your Complaining
Have you seen my No Complaining Challenge yet? Because many are calling 2020 a ‘bad’ year, this seemed like an ideal time to challenge my readers not to complain for the next three weeks. Check it out! In today's post I want you to think about how you react to a stressful situation? Do you … Continue reading How Do You React to Stressful Situations?