If you have the will, you’ll find the skill

The power of the human mind is often underrated.

Many of us conform to believe we only have a set talent potential. One that only allows us to perform in certain scenarios or complete specific tasks. However, as technological innovations continue to evolve, we are finding more and more that the in-ability that many preach they have to learn new skills is not true at all.

It is rather a question of will.

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Staying true to your vision: Lessons from Apple and Steve Jobs

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”

Epicurus

A brand that many of us will know is Apple. The creators of some of the most revolutionary pieces of technology in our history. Although giants now, it was not always this way.

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What should I do now? The extra time conundrum of 2020

In these strange times, it seems that many of us are finding more available time than we are used to.

I keep seeing lots of content telling people to do lots of stuff with the extra time they might have right now. Whilst encouragement is great, I can see how it might negatively affect others who don’t feel this way.

We are all different and I think most of us are in two frames of mind right now:

1. I’m going to use this time to learn lots of stuff, build my skills, read that book etc.

2. This situation sucks, I just want to chill. I know I should probably do something with my time but I just feel a bit crap about all this and want to chill out.

Both are equally valid and we should let people feel and do whatever they feel is best for them right now.

I personally, drop in and out of both these mindsets. Sometimes several times in the week and even several times in a day. But that’s ok, as like you, I am a conflicted human after all.

We are in strange times and adding even more pressure with telling yourself that you should be doing this or that won’t help. Just connect with your feelings and process this moment as you wish.

Perhaps that is reading lots of books and learning new skills. It might also be chilling out, letting the mind wander and processing everything day by day.

No matter what it is, do what works for you.

Don’t feel bad if you don’t want to go and learn a million new things in any extra time that you might have. Just because someone on a social feed somewhere says you should do this, doesn’t actually mean you should.

Sometimes doing nothing and letting the mind wander is exactly what we need.


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It’s better to see than not know

Risk is something as a society all of us try to avoid.

Our primitive brains don’t like any form of risk. As taking risks might equal danger and danger is what the mind quite rightly wants to protect you from.

However, there comes a time, when despite all the best laid plans and all the efforts you have made. That taking a risk is the best option with which life presents you.

I saw an example of this most recently, when a friend on mine had a tough decision to make.

For several years they had this singular goal in mind and wanted to mitigate the risk in getting it as much as possible. But, after several years of taking the path of least resistance, they came to the conclusion that the only way to achieve this goal was to take the dreaded risk.

And in this instance, things did not work out 100% as imagined. Yet, the act of taking that risk has brought them to the point they needed to be. It as allowed them to learn what it actually feels like and use this experience as they move forward in life.

In reality, risk is unavoidable. Everything in life can be a risk. Yet, it is sometimes a risk not to take a risk, if you get what I mean.

It could be taking that new job, moving to that new city or asking out that person you like. Risk is everywhere and in many scenarios, the risk is most certainly worth the reward.

Now you can spend your life running from risk but what life would this be?

Surely, it is better to see than not know?


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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.

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