Do One Thing Well

“The test of the machine is the satisfaction it gives you. There isn’t any other test. If the machine produces tranquility it’s right. If it disturbs you it’s wrong until either the machine or your mind is changed.” Robert M. Pirsig The quote is from ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance‘ that I’ve been reading while working away from …

Are you nervous because you’re underprepared, or because you care?

I did my first live gig as a drummer about 3 months after I first picked up a pair of sticks. I don’t remember much about the playing (which is probably a good thing, frankly!), but I can clearly remember how incredibly nervous I felt. A few weeks ago, I facilitated a corporate event for an amazing organisation called Goal …

Rarajipari – the Game of Life

“You never know how hard it will be. You never know when it will end. You can’t control it, you can only adjust. And no-one gets through it on their own.” Angel Nava Lopez, Tarahumura school teacher Rarajipari is a game played by the Tarahumura tribe of Mexico, brought to the world’s attention by Christopher McDougall in his fantastic book, …

Think Big … Act Small

I seem to have been getting the same message from a few different places this week! I’ve been reading ‘The One Thing’, a practical book about getting things done by focusing on one single task at a time. In order to work out which task we should be doing, authors Gary Keller and Jay Papasan suggest that we need to …

Find Your Own Garden

A year ago, I was in South Africa with 15 amazing people working on a project to provide a drop-in centre for vulnerable children in a remote part of the country. It was a life-changing trip, in many, many ways, and I obviously have hundreds of unforgettable memories as a result. One of the first things we did after arriving …

Take Time to Remove the Thorns

There is an old Zulu legend about a traveller who gets a thorn stuck in his foot. The wise man plucks it out – the fool leaves it there as a reminder of his journey. A recent car journey made me think of the story again. The driver of our car was complaining that the person behind was tailgating. Even …

Integrity is a Verb

“Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is looking.” CS Lewis This quote is one of my favourites, and one that I thought I was trying to live by. However, I’ve been reading the excellent ‘Legacy’ this week, which is a book about what we can all learn from the New Zealand All Blacks. It’s a really …

Bold Humility

“Humility is the most over-rated of human emotions.” So says Harvey Mackay in his book, “Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive”, and Harvey is a very well respected author and businessman. When I read that, I was horrified. The people I admire all have a degree of humility about them – along with integrity, it’s one of the …