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 …

Nobody’s Listening

This week a good friend of mine, Oli Monks, released a post on Medium. My post for this week will simply be to share his – it is so important for people to read and understand that I had to share. I am 100% guilty of being that guy that always messages saying how great everything must be going – …

How to know if you’re improving

Self-awareness is probably the answer many would give to this question. You need to be aware of where you were, what you’ve done and where you are now. If you see progress in yourself, then you’ve improved. I strongly agreed with this statement – and I probably do. But it’s only recently that I’ve realised how hard this is!! There …

Does university teach you enough to start a business?

A question that has come to my mind a number of times these past weeks and even more so today after watching the snapchat of Fraser Williams, co-founder of Repairly. His story today showed him and the team working on plans for Repairly, mainly financial plans.   He spoke about the importance of planning but also mentioned how one of …

Talent vs Skill

“No, no, I think you’re born with talents and you acquire skills” were the words of one of my colleagues only a few days ago. Words that got me thinking about what talents and skills actually are and how people acquire them. Are you born talented? Or do you have to work to develop it? What about skills; surely some …

A Message to Recruiters

Dear recruiter, If you aren’t headhunting University students, you’re missing out! I’m not sure if it’s because I’m a university student and would love for some of the big name companies to headhunt me, or because I’ve been listening to the autobiography of Elon Musk and heard about his recruiting tactics, that I felt an urge to write about this. …