How to make an impact when you follow in a successful person’s footsteps

Following in the footsteps of someone who is exceptionally talented can be a daunting and intimidating prospect.

Whether it is with work where you take on the job of someone who is described as “invaluable” “a massive loss when they left” or “did so much for us” to having family or friends who are massive successes in your own right.

This can all put a bit of pressure on you where you will just feel inadequate and maybe even think “it’s not even worth trying – I will never be as good at them!”

The temptation is to quit or just be average at best and not care what other people say. But mediocrity is not the best approach to life.  There are other ways of making your own mark – even against someone who sounds like the second coming of Jesus Christ himself! Continue reading “How to make an impact when you follow in a successful person’s footsteps”


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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I had been told I had been ready for the next level for the last three months.

The only problem was where I worked has recently had a freeze on recruitment, so I didn’t have any opportunities to move up.

So I grew restless and impatient and decided to look for work elsewhere.

It never felt quite right as I filled in the application – I struggled through it even though it didn’t feel right.  To try and make me feel better I asked those close to me their thoughts. Continue reading “Vision…”


How do you handle a bragger?

If there is one type of attribute I despise in a person it is a lack of humility.

But it is inevitable in life that we will encounter braggers on a regular basis.

The best approach for these people – absolutely nothing.

I came to this conclusion, because the reason a person may brag is that they are insecure and seeking validation.  By not reacting you starve them of this.  But there is temptation to take another approach.  Here, I explain why you shouldn’t:

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….And influence people


I find this a useful infographic to remind on all the main lessons in the book How to Win Friends and Influence people. Continue reading “….And influence people”


Wherever it takes me (aka what I would probably tell my future child)

“What do you want to do with your life?”

“What career do you want?”

These are questions I remember being bombarded with at school from people who have no clue about having a proper job (i.e. teachers and career officers).  I really don’t think the school method of preparing children for life was helpful.

I am going to guess (based on a sample of friends, acquaintance, work colleagues and family) that 90% have never known what we want to do and the chosen ‘career’ we are on is just by luck or what we fell into. Continue reading “Wherever it takes me (aka what I would probably tell my future child)”


Can you change jobs too much?

One of the biggest myths I was told about developing my career is:

“If you change jobs too much it looks bad on your career”

I have heard this a number of times and for a time I believed it.  So I have felt the need to put 1+ year into a job that offered no development or improvement, because of imagined disapproval from a potential employer.

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Money vs Happiness


One of the key elements of my ‘Money’ system is to move up the career ladder

Recently I have had the opportunity to fill in for a senior member of staff who has been on long term sick.  As I was covering a large part of their duties, I viewed this as an opportunity to prove myself and felt that by the time they returned I would have been ready for promotion.

I have carried out a number of more responsible tasks, liaised with the top execs in my organisation and gained knowledge in new areas. Continue reading “Money vs Happiness”


Drunken talk

money Around five weeks ago I went out on a work colleagues leaving do.

It overwhelmed me slightly as it was the most drunken affair I have experienced with people I work with.

I don’t drink as much as I used to so it quickly went to my head, fortunately everyone seemed to be in a bit of a state.

During the evening a pair of intoxicated managers surrounded me and told me what a great job I was doing and that if I wanted, they would be delighted to help with my professional development by getting involved in working for them.

The next morning my head was sore, but also big headed from all the compliments I had received. Continue reading “Drunken talk”


New Year Goals – The Progress so far

My current goals were last updated in January.

Here is my quarterly review for how I have been progressing.

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