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Catastrophizing is Dividing Us

No matter which political ideologies you agree or disagree with, catastrophizing is creating division on a scale that we haven't seen in generations. Every time the right talks about the left, they are reduced to entitled snowflakes, pushing their thought police,...

Any Benefit From Social Media?

As my friends now realise, I'm back on Facebook. I didn't miss it while I was gone from mid February until the end of March, but I had a lot of time to think about why we use social networking sites (SNS) and what the benefit is. One of the first reasons I felt I...

Joy, Flow and Balance Improves Your Business

When you're happy with your work it has a big effect on your life. The opposite is just as true. People talk about work life balance but for me the two are so intertwined that I don't find that distinction helpful. It's much more helpful to think about when I have joy...

Writing For The Right Person, Not “People”

One of the biggest mistakes I see copywriters make is writing for the biggest possible group, not an individual person. Much like when you're on stage, you don't want to try and talk to a group - it's basically impossible to have a dialogue with a group, but you can...

What Would You Be Capable Of If You Applied Yourself?

It's a big question so let me break it down. We don't know the limits of human potential. All at once we are incredibly fragile, anti-fragile and powerful beyond belief. We could get hit by a car and be gone on our routine walk to work, or we could survive the worst...

You Are Not An Idea

People seek connection and community, so it makes sense that people connect themselves to ideas in order to form bonds with others. The problem is that when you identify with an idea, that is to say you are an -ist, you outsource your thinking to other members and...

If You Won’t Speak Your Truth, Others Will Speak For You

There is nothing more important, more inherently valuable and more powerful than the truth. Everyone has their own truth. What's yours? It can be nerve-wracking, scary and even dangerous to speak your truth. Whether it's the denial you have held on to for decades...

Don’t Panic – Seek More Information

We've all been there: something bad happens and we start to spiral thinking of all the horrible possibilities. For me today that was leaving my bag on the train. I got off and was halfway to the supermarket before I realised I didn't have my wallet because it was in...

Use Your Own Words

As a teacher I ask my students to prove they have understood the material by expressing it in their own words. We should also ask of ourselves when we are sharing our opinions and engaging in political debate: "Am I using my words, or am I parroting someone else."...