Category: Life

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“The ocean starts in your sink.” Pascal Lamy. [Awareness]. The UK ranked dead last in Europe for bathing water quality in 2020, and water companies leaked sewage into UK waters 370,000 times in 2021 – while the execs gave themselves an average bonus of £100k. [Knowledge]. I just emailed my MP about this, because I can literally see how bad the water quality has been where I live. [Action]. Will it make any difference? Maybe,

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Discipline and Motivation

Recently, I’ve found motivation hard to come by. I’ve been thinking hard about what I do, and why I do it. Should I change direction, or go all in? Stay here, or move on? As part of the figuring out process, I am re-reading Stephen Covey’s ‘7 Habits’. Among all the other brilliant insights is this nugget:“A satisfied need no longer motivates.” Ah. That makes sense. Fundamentally, my ‘needs’ are met. I am in the

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What to DO on Earth Day

We know it matters – our human activities are causing problems on this one planet we’ve got. But climate change can seem so … BIG. It’s hard to know what to do – where to start. The challenge is systemic – lots of complicated moving pieces, connected in a myriad of complex ways. Where to begin? Here are a few suggestions, loosely based on John Elkington’s Triple Bottom Line: PEOPLEThe Good On You app will

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What Game Are You Playing?

In his book ‘Finite and Infinite Games’, James Carse distinguishes between two types of ‘game’. Finite games have clearly defined parameters – rules, a start, a finish. Examples would be a tennis match, writing a book, building a website, meeting for coffee. We understand when it’s done – when the ‘game’ is over. Infinite games are blurry. The rules can change, the start point is debatable, and there isn’t a finish line. It’s being a

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What Are We Arguing About?

The Novak Djokovic situation almost caused an argument between me and a good friend this morning. Until – thankfully – we realised we were talking about two different things. Whether Novak should play in the Australian Open is a complex, nuanced discussion, with many connected areas: 1 :: Personal responsibilityShould Novak be allowed to make his own decisions about his health?[Does that mean we all have to agree with his decisions?] 2 :: Business responsibilityAs

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My Best Reads of 2021

In no particular order, here are the most memorable books I read last year. They all changed me in some way. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did … Analogia by George DysonAn extraordinary journey through the differences and connections between analogue and digital – and why that matters – via Apaches, baidarkas [Aleut kayaks], tree houses, and the space race. Simply wonderful. On Trails by Robert MoorOstensibly about how and why

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Drumming Stories

First Gig “Summer lovin’ had me a blast …” I sat there, palms sweaty, clutching my pristine new sticks. “Summer lovin’ happened so fast …” I sat there, almost wishing I was somewhere – anywhere – else. [Almost]. My first gig as a drummer was an abridged version of ‘Grease’ somewhere in Winchester. I’m 15, and have only been playing for a few weeks. “Well-ah well-ah well-ah HUH!” And with that ‘Huh!’, I’m off on

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Sacred Footprints

The picture is taken from the top of Sri Pada in Sri Lanka, November 2005, at just after 6am. A month before, I had been physically exhausted, mentally stressed and spiritually empty, after a run of challenges in both my work and personal life. Some were undoubtedly my responsibility … others, not so much. I was also stretched far beyond my financial limits, and so decided to sell my home, clear all the debts, and

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My Best Reads of 2020

“Where To Begin” by Cleo Wade … that is the question … Over the course of an extraordinary year, I found myself turning to Cleo’s words time and again. Her deceptively simple poems have a way a cutting right to the core of what is truly important. “The Snow Leopard” by Peter Matthiessen On the surface, this is a travel or natural history book – but Matthiessen’s search for the elusive snow leopard revealed far

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Spatial v Linear Thinking

When striving for something, we tend to assume it’s a linear, one-dimensional journey – but that is rarely the case. Sometimes it is. The Olympic 100m Final is linear. It’s judged simply on who crosses the line first. You don’t get a head start because of your skin colour. No bonus points for style. A degree is irrelevant. You can’t bribe the judge. All you can do to win that gold medal is run faster

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