Confidence Is A Skill

Confidence … something that many of us feel we could do with more of. I’m not talking about brashness here – I’m not talking about being loud and ‘confident’ in social situations. I’m not talking about always getting your own way because you express your views eloquently and ‘confidently’. I’m talking about the more important type of confidence – the …

“Doing Good Better” (Book Review)

“When it comes to helping others, being unreflective often means being ineffective.” Lots of us want to make a difference. Perhaps you buy Fairtrade coffee, or cycle to work when you can. But how many of us really know how much that helps? Is there a danger that despite our best intentions, we might even be making things worse? In …

My Best Reads of 2018

I read 73 books in 2018, which is a record for me. In no particular order, my top ten is: “Tao Te Ching” by Lao Tzu and Ursula Le Guin Ursula Le Guin is one of my absolute favourite writers, and she died in January 2018, so reading her interpretation of this classic made perfect sense to me. It’s important …

How Do You Play Monopoly?

It’s Christmas, and as we all know, one good way to destroy the happy family atmosphere is with a friendly game of Monopoly! It’s a game with a long history, but what I hadn’t realised until recently was that the original game was designed to warn players about the dangers of a monopoly. Unfortunately, over time the game changed into …

There’s No Such Thing As A Shortcut

In case you haven’t figured it out by now, I’m a huge fan of Tim Ferriss. Tim calls himself a human guinea pig, and is constantly looking for hacks in every area of life, from work to health to learning. If you’re unfamiliar with Tim’s work, a book like ‘The 4-Hour Body’ contains advice on everything from medical tourism to …