What you loved this year (2019 edition)

Here’s the top rated content from the blog as chosen by you – the visitors to my little innovation lab.

The posts are ranked by most visits from the last 12 months. So, if one of your favourites is not here, don’t fret as this might have been released later this year and thus not had the same amount of time to collect the amount of visits some on this list achieved.

You can always let me know what your favourites from the past 12 months were in the comments below. In addition, you can also find a collection of the most important thoughts I wrote in my opinion in 2019 and the top 21 thoughts from 2019 to make you a better human in 2020 on the blog now too.

Here’s your top 10 of 2019

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

Be like Keanu

How I changed careers: 8 lessons I learnt and tips to help you

How to tell amazing stories at your next presentation

An alternative approach to new year resolutions

Let’s find our Ikigai

Life lessons from a superhero TV show

Why L&D is your secret weapon for success

You are not defined by your parents blueprint

Building your learning brand

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The most important words I wrote this year

Ikigai: A blueprint for meaning

Ok, so we know that we are all looking for meaning. But how do we find it? Do we embark on a meditation spree to wait for the mind to have a eureka moment? Or is it like catching a wild Pokémon, where we run around urban areas with our phones out shouting “it’s over there!”?

Your phone is not trying to kill you

Your phone is not evil and it does not force you to do stuff. Unless you plan on convincing everyone that a phone made you do it (which I highly wouldn’t recommend) than you might want to think about how you choose to engage with that oh so delicious piece of tech at the end of your hand.

You are not defined by your parents blueprint

An essay on understanding the effects of your parental blueprint, finding the authentic self/voice and designing a operating system for a better life.

Stop chasing happiness, seek meaning

This is where I’m going to offer an alternative methodology to happiness and the first thing you need to do, is to stop chasing happiness. Yes, you read that right, stop chasing happiness. Now I know that’s not what all the self-help gurus will tell you, but hear me out.

The things nobody tells you about change

I know change, you know change, we all have experienced change. Yet I find we never talk about the full tsunami of emotions that come with it. We point to academic data and countless visualisations to show the emotional cycle of change but we filter it all.

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

It’s easy for all of us to chase the allure of fame and fortune, but what happens if you catch it? Would you be happy with the person you are/ have become to get those things?

The power of learning to say no

I’ve made countless mistakes in the past of saying yes to everything because I wanted to be seen as the good dependable guy who will try to help everyone. Yet all that resulted in was me becoming stressed about supporting others with their tasks and not being able to focus energy on my own stuff.

You are going to be ok

To show kindness, compassion and understanding to ourselves may just allow us to show more to others. Life is crazy, shit happens and most of it is never in our control but it is in our reaction to those times of hardship that we can show a little more love for ourselves.


You can find more thoughts on learning, personal development, managing the monkey mind and all things on being better humans on the blog.

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Steal These Thoughts! Newsletter: The top 21 thoughts of 2019

Check out the latest edition of my newsletter.

This week I rekindle you with the best thoughts from 2019 that will make you a better human in 2020, my 3 predictions and trends for the world of learning next year, plus a short thought on 3 ways to make the most of mentoring.

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