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 …

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, …