Working for yourself; on sanity & productivity

Disclaimer: I don't have kids, and the projects I work on at the moment involve me working totally alone, i.e. no phone calls / meetings, most of the time, and are long term things.  Dreaming is easy. Executing on said dreams, not so much. And I have come to believe this is in large part … Continue reading Working for yourself; on sanity & productivity

9 reasons grapefruit is the king of snacks

Grapefruit is one of my go-to snacks to combat the afternoon's energy dip. Here's why I love it: No plastic. It's one of the few fruits you can buy in a supermarket which comes packaged in nothing but it's own skin. It's 92% water. Staying hydrated gives you super powers. High nutrient : calorie ratio. For less … Continue reading 9 reasons grapefruit is the king of snacks

But first, green tea; why you should delay your morning coffee for at least 2 hours after waking up

Let me start by saying this is not a story about why coffee is bad for you. Quite the opposite. This is a story about how to best capitalise on its benefits. Coffee can be the healthiest thing you consume all day. First and foremost because caffeine is an anti-inflammatory, and inflammation is linked to … Continue reading But first, green tea; why you should delay your morning coffee for at least 2 hours after waking up

Cutting out dairy: 3 tips on making a start

Cutting out meat can seem a lot more attainable than cutting our dairy. All that cheese, right?! And what about those precious lattes? I never thought I could do it. But I gradually cut out all of my daily dairy habits. And although my motivation was always about animal welfare - I've never FELT better. … Continue reading Cutting out dairy: 3 tips on making a start

The unromantic truth behind creative genius

What do Shakespeare and Jay-Z have in common beyond their artistic talent? They both became filthy rich: Shakespeare didn’t only write plays, he owned the theatre. Jay-Z was president of Def James. Then he bought tidal. Wealth is freedom to create. When you’re an artist, that’s the only competitive edge that matters. And they both … Continue reading The unromantic truth behind creative genius

The habit of who you are

Our behaviours and reactive patterns are fortified by deeply embedded neural networks — entrenched mostly during childhood — that engender our conscious thoughts. That they are so deeply embedded explains why personal change is so difficult. Breaking a behavioural habits requires the same long term effort necessary for a smoker to successfully quit. Internal thoughts > external talk Whilst the … Continue reading The habit of who you are

The hopelessness of hope — beware the motivational speaker

During the depths of Venezuela’s economic crisis amid a global economic recession, Stephan Kaiser built a thriving business. Tens of thousands of middle class Venezuelans attended his seminars, where his closing remarks “brought down the house”. Speaking in the city of Ciudad Guayana to 1300 sales representatives, Kaiser closed a speech with: “You can take … Continue reading The hopelessness of hope — beware the motivational speaker

Why you are not (the average of) the people around you

The notion that we are the average of the five people we most associate with — now considered conventional wisdom — is based on a misapplication of a mathematical law so widely misused that its misapplication has a name (explained here, and also later on). The idea originally came from the late Jim Rohn, the first mentor to a 17-year-old Tony … Continue reading Why you are not (the average of) the people around you