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 opinions on the President across the pond paying off a hooker; yet it took over a year for someone who I knew, someone who lived about 20 miles away was no longer of this Earth.
A part of me can’t believe that not one person said to me “James were you aware…”
I only realised after another ex-colleagues, made a one-year anniversary reflection post. I had been living my life to miss the news first time around and I thought what I was doing to miss this; I think I was worrying about some problem at work… insignificant in the scheme of life.
I couldn’t help see the bitter irony that as one family mourned the end of a life, my wife and myself were overjoyed and preparing for the baby scheduled to come into our life.
As a reflex I texted a dozen friends and family members sending my love and asking how they were doing. It’s funny how death sucker punches you in the face making you appreciate who you do have.
The disappointing thing about not knowing was it came off like I did not cared, I cared… Continue reading “The sense of it all”
I have recently taken the time to update and add my ‘Where to Start’ page to the sites menu. This is a place for new and established readers alike to have a look at some of my favourite posts since I started the site in February 2014.
I have broke these down into the following areas:
- Creativity – Posts about writing, blogging and general creativity
- Health – Posts about nutrition and fitness
- Money – Posts about work and finances
- Self-Improvement – Posts about goals, mindset, habits and generally living a better life
I will probably update this page again soon. But please see a copy of the links on this page below to see if there are any posts that take an interest.
Finally thank you for continuing to read, liking and commenting on my site. I appreciate all feedback! Continue reading “The Manifesto of Perfection – Where to Start?”
I really love my job, it is probably the best one I have ever had.
It is strange because when I got the new job it was a step up from the old one. I have more responsibility and more money. But unlike my other job I am back at the bottom – basically I am the office junior and have to do all the tedious work that comes with that. Continue reading “Competition in the work place”
I used to volunteer as a manager at Oxfam.
One day a customer was arguing the toss on getting a discount on the set price.
This was normal practice in the shop as everyone who tried to haggle had the same argument
“But you got it for free – so what does it matter what you charge?” Continue reading “The Customer is always right”
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:
Continue reading “Habits you should adopt”
6am, the alarm on my phone plays its upbeat jingle, it’s called Over the Horizon yet I don’t feel like that. Motivation to pull myself out of bed will do for the moment. Continue reading “How am I going to make someone’s life better today?”
Want to know how to make a job application or covering letter more appealing to your potential new employer?
For many years when I completed job applications I always thought from the perspective of myself – the skills, knowledge and experience that I could offer – which in theory sounds right because I am showing why I was the most qualified person to do that position.
But the problem is I was competing against a pool of applicants who were also just as qualified to do the job. Therefore I didn’t stand out to be offered interviews.
Continue reading “One simple way to improve your job application”
Working my way around the shops the other day I heard a young teenage girl hysterically cry
“Oh! This would happen to meee!!!”
Apart from the obvious victim status negative thinking – this highlighted a large number of people’s inability to take responsibility for their own mistakes.
Continue reading “With great power comes great responsibility”
This post on assertiveness was originally posted on March 2015.
I set this development goal on something originally set called ‘Stop looking after my friends so much’.
The last few months has been a key few months. I have started my new job, but realise (and have been told) that I lack the confidence to express my opinions.
Sure there is a limit – there are people who just like to be disagreeable, but I realise that if I do not start standing up for myself, this will impact my life and by default many of my goals and aspirations.
Continue reading “How not to be a pushover”
In the corporate world there seems to be a big hard-on to aspire towards top level leadership.
Answering e-mails on your holiday or at your son’s football game doesn’t really sell it to me.
As a by-product of this thinking many organisations almost shove this level of career development down it’s workers throats.
But what if someone doesn’t want to?
Continue reading “Cogs”