Ghastly Rancid Calamares and Doing it Right Anyway

Before I have my laptop out, Jose is by my side, ready to take my order. “A beer and um… some deep-fried calamares please.” He trundles off and returns promptly with a cold tall one. I look at the winter-empty beach, take in the sea air, and draw my coat closer around me against the […]

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Why I Was Rightly Fired

Last year I started playing bass and singing backing vocals with some English musicians here in town. At first it all went well: we clicked, we grooved, we harmonised. We did one short gig which went fairly alright: the audience was happy, which is always a good start. But after a few weeks I was […]

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A Few Small Samples of Mentorship Reviews

Thought I’d share some tips that I pulled out of some of the mentorship reviews I’ve been writing lately. To explain: I number each line in my students’ copy, and then analyse line by line, commenting where necessary. Each of the points below refers to one particular line in the submitted copy. ====== Want a […]

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Why Inspirational Videos of Superhuman Feats Wreck Your Self-Confidence

When I was 18 I started a training to in the end become a psychiatric nurse. It was a four-year course while working on a psychiatric ward, preceded by 6 months of classroom schooling. After those 6 months, I dropped out. Want a free daily coaching email in your inbox daily? Then join today, and […]

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The Day My Father Saved My Life – and Why You NEED Ninja Skills

  I go into the bend just a little too fast, so I lift my foot off the accelarator. It’s no use: this old and battered jalopy with its worn tires and leaking suspension doesn’t obey and veers to the edge of the tarmac. The right front wheel runs off the edge into the gravel […]

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On Focus, Efficiency, Learning and Art. Oh Yeah, and Smart Questions

Just had a Skype call with a subscriber, an artist/writer/translator in The Netherlands. She’s a clever cookie. But she’s also a fine example of that weird ‘sales are evil’ mindset. And yet, over the last few months I’ve been observing her progress, and I must say she’s doing very interesting things. She’s learning a lot […]

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So, What Actually Are You Saying?

What you say to people and how you say it – it matters a lot. Point in case: There’s a site called You Are Not So Smart, which is an intelligent useful blog about the human condition and self-delusion that goes with it. But the owner set up his emails to always start the subject […]

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They May Love You, but That Doesn't Mean Their Advice Doesn't Stink

I can’t say this often enough: Advice can be dangerous. If you ask the ‘wrong’ people and go with their opinion, you could get into all kinds of trouble. Like the time I was told by friends that it would be really smart to sell my convertible. I did what they said, and lost several […]

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Quick Question, do me a Favor?

Are you on Twitter at all? I used to have tons of fun on there, a few years ago. If you think I’m nuts in these emails, Twitter was where I’d really let my hair down. Want a free daily coaching email in your inbox daily? Then join today, and instantly receive a free copy […]

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Sure do Love my Clients

Some days, my emails just write themselves. Or rather, get written for me by happy clients. Like Inge, for example: ========= “Martin’s Mentorship Program is exactly what I needed. As a small business owner, writing good blog posts is important to me. But it’s also hard. I’ve taken online writing and blogging classes, but those […]

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