Symptoms and Causes

An evening stroll through town in the company of a good friend… a warm breeze and excellent conversation, when suddenly from a 1st floor window comes a wrathful voice: “I’ve had enough! I’ve had too much!!!” “Well you’d better not have any more then”, quips my friend. Wiser words were rarely spoken, but little did […]

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2 Degrees

It’s tempting to desire big, radical, dramatic change. To one day wake up, and man! Look at how focussed we are, and productive, and efficient, and fit! But, I doubt you’ve ever woken up to that dramatic kind of phoenix-like transformation. I know I haven’t, and I don’t know of anyone who has. Not unless […]

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Beliefs, Choices, Changes

Invest or not, cinema or theatre, icecream or chocolate, get married or not… most choices in life are evident. Other choices though are practically invisible, but they have the biggest effect on life. These kinds of choices are beliefs. But wait, weren’t we talking about choices? Yes we were, and we are. Because a belief […]

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The Cure for Mental Myopia: Look Through the Bend

If the mind is the most powerful tool we have, it’s a good idea to use it right. There’s many ways to improve the way we think, observe, and decide, but one of the quickest wins is ‘looking through the bend’ – a concept from the motorbike world. Simply put, when going into a bend […]

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When People Tell Me I’m a Life-Coach

A crisp white shirt, a spotless countertop. The sushi chef takes the knife and starts moving it in figure eights, up and down a whetstone. Once satisfied with the keenness of the edge, he puts his gear away and brings out cutting board and edibles. With deliberate, calculated, utterly precise movements, he creates perfect shapes, […]

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A Blindness We All Suffer From – and A Way Around It

“That’s a problem for future Homer. I sure don’t envy that guy”, said Homer Simpson after Marge berated him for something. Homer at that moment showed something that eludes most of us most of the time: the ability to see our future selves. He didn’t give a hoot of course, but at least he saw […]

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Careful You Don’t Yes Too Much

There’s so many things out there that could get your attention, it might as well be an infinite amount. Sights, sounds, smells… people, ideas, books and cakes and boots and projects… more things you can choose, than you could ever count. As humans we need to select, and filter: we can only handle so many […]

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What It Does, VS What You Can Make It Do

It’s tempting to look at bottlenecks, moving parts that have gotten stuck, or broken processes. It’s an easy fix, to find something that’s broken and then fix it. Often, it’s unavoidable. But to me, it’s not all that interesting. Boring, even. I have a different approach, which is a ton more fun, much more creative, […]

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The Three Most Important Things I Learned as a Monk

1: Everything gets better and easier if you make it an act of service. And that’s true no matter what you dedicate that service to: self, other, god, humanity… whatever works for you. It’s about the attitude. (Oh, and if you’re one of those people who euphemise ‘serving customers’ into ‘servicing customers’: that’s not how […]

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The Real Reason I Always Talk About My Former Life as a Monk. Hope it Helps

And it’s not because I like talking about myself. Ok, full disclosure: I do. Not because I consider myself all that interesting, but I’m the only person about whom I have ALL the insider information – the good bits, the funny, the naughty, the learning curve and the mistakes made, and above all else: all […]

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