Comparison – should we do it?

Should we compare ourselves with others? A quick google search and you’re met with the top 10 results, all titled and aimed towards providing tips on how you can, or should, stop comparing yourself to others. It’s a principle and life secret that gets passed on to us as pearls of wisdom. “It’s dangerous” we’re told, “it can only make …

Sharpen The Saw

I recently finished the book ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’. There are many books that attempt to explain the secret to success, sometimes coming across far too practical; if you don’t for X or Y you won’t achieve Z. Whilst others are too vague and ‘spiritual’, giving no tangible actions – this book seemed to find the balance! The …

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

Today I helped with a school visit. Primary school children coming to 3M to learn about our technologies, try some challenges, and learn about careers. The latter is where I came in; sat down ready to talk about school, education, and how it all leads into careers. I started with the usual; “how’s your day so far?”, “what are your …

I Don’t Care What You Think About President Trump

Today Trump became president. Whether I like him or not is not my topic for this blog, I have my view and I will share them if asked, but I don’t want to express them for no reason, politics causes lots of debate and we’d be a lot better off if we actually listened – that is in part what …

How Ed Sheeran Won With Snapchat

Over the last 12 months, Snapchat has really cemented itself are one of the top social media platforms, for use at least with up to 150 million active users daily. However, it’s also been a bit of a marmite platform for business. Some hailing it as the go-to place for cheap and successful marketing, others saying it doesn’t have a …

Practice Does Not Make Perfect

A conversation this week reminded me of my drum teacher back at the ages of around 13/14. “Practice does not make perfect, practice makes permanent”. Hardly a lesson went by without him saying this phrase. Perhaps it was the because of it’s repetition, but it really stuck with me. “Perfect practice, make perfect. It’s will be no use you going …

Please Stick to your New Year’s Resolutions

I’ve written before about why I’m not convinced by New Year’s Resolutions. I think if you want to make change, make it there and then and not wait until the new year. But, if you insist, please at least stick to them! I can’t say I’m an expert in habit setting or goal achievement,  but if I want to start …

The Importance of Reading

How many of you will have a book on your Christmas list? This year, for a Secret Santa, I gave a book and received a book (if you’re interested, I gave ‘1984’ and received ‘What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20’). In my opinion, books, podcasts, interviews, videos etc are some of the most valuable tools for learning. …

Why do we leave things until the last minute?

There’s so much value in getting things done early… yet we always leave things until the last minute? I’d be quite interested to understand why we do leave things until the last minute. I could speculate as to why, and I guess many people do, but that topic can be saved for another time. Recently I’ve spoken to a couple …

Win a medal only to have your funding scrapped

Today UK Sport announced their funding plans for the road to Tokyo 2020. This news was not good for anyone related to Archery, Fencing, Weightlifting, Wheelchair Rugby, and the sport that got me upset – Badminton. Before I get into the news of today. Lets have a quick look at what the UK Sport Funding actually is and how it …