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The top 21 thoughts of 2019 that will make you a badass in 2020!

Here’s the latest in my yearly series of thoughts that can make you a better human next year.

This quick post contains a treasure trove of the top free content that I’ve shared in 2019, all neatly packed into those lists that we all love at this time of the year.

Something for everyone in here, stuff for learning teams, personal development geeks and my fellow friends trying to calm the monkey mind.

Basically some good stuff so we can all be better humans.

Enjoy, share, let me know your thoughts and don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter for a collection of stuff like this every week.

In no particular order:

Old does not mean dead, new does not mean best

What you’ll learn: Age is but a number and in time, some things can get better and last longer than their newer counterparts.

Waking up at 5am will not make you successful

What you’ll learn: This one always makes me laugh because of the countless videos telling you to do it. Think about your wellbeing and stay in bed till 7am, might be more productive.

Out of the classroom experiences and other cool things to try for learning

What you’ll learn: There is a world outside that classroom my friends.

The problem is not the problem, the problem is your attitude about the problem

What you’ll learn: How to reframe your mindset and get shit done.

These are the skills L&D teams need in today’s world

What you’ll learn: How to stop operating like it’s 1995 and build the skills that you need to thrive today.

The skills we all need for future-fit careers

What you’ll learn: The skills you need for lifelong employability. Hint: they aren’t all technical.

The dangers of not moving forward and being true to yourself

What you’ll learn: why fighting evolution is not a good idea for your wellbeing.

You are not defined by your parents blueprint

What you’ll learn: This is perhaps the crown jewel of my work in 2019. It took me nearly a year to write and it is loaded with psychology on the self, life and understanding why we do the things we do.

I’ve had so many messages about this one. I hope it can help you too.

No one ever talks about what we can do

What you’ll learn: To focus less on the chatter of what you think you can’t do.

Don’t aim to be popular, aim to be real

What you’ll learn: How a former junkie and best selling musician built a long lasting career. 

What you and Jon Snow have in common

What you’ll learn: How you and the king in the north share a certain quality.

What I would tell my younger self on the truth of life

What you’ll learn: A surprising knowledge bomb from a venture capitalist.

If you build it, they won’t come

What you’ll learn: How to make sure the stuff you’ve built gets used.

Real wealth is measured in your character

What you’ll learn: Why we should all re-examine our view of wealth

The power of learning to say no

What you’ll learn: How to stop your most precious commodity of time being sucked up by everyone apart from you.

Stop chasing happiness, seek meaning

What you’ll learn: A method that might actually make you happier.

The lost art of connection

What you’ll learn: Why we don’t talk like we used to.

Recognise learning as an everyday behaviour

What you’ll learn: That learning is not a designated task

The role of L&D in today’s world

What you’ll learn: It’s changed a lot. E-learning is dead, the LMS is outlawed and the classroom is empty. So, what does L&D in the corporate world mean today?

Your phone is not trying to kill you

What you’ll learn: That technology is beautiful and the problem is within.

Let’s find our Ikigai

What you’ll learn: An ancient Japanese philosophy for a fuller life and the answer to the question, why do you rise in the morning?

And three bonus ones, as it’s so hard to keep to the 21!

It’s not about falling down, it’s about how you get back up

What you’ll learn: That you don’t have to stay on your ass when you get knocked down.

An alternative charter for learning

What you’ll learn: To stand for something.

If not now, when?

What you’ll learn: That waiting until x date is a real waste of time. Do it now!

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