Are We Losing Trust in Trust?

Our trust has been broken so many times that we no longer trust “trust”. What do I mean by that? Well, if someone says “trust me”, we’re becoming more inclined to respond sceptically or defensively. The tele-sales rep tells us “I’m not trying to sell you anything!” because if they said they were trying to sell…

Let’s Get Physical

Holding a worn, torn, faded photograph in your hand can often evoke more feelings and stir our emotional memories far more deeply than scrolling through thousands of crystal-clear images on a digital device. Why is that? What is it about a physical photograph that affords it more emotional currency than a digital one? Maybe it…

I Don’t Know If I Like It Or Not…

  We all have a tendency to play it safe. We don’t want to take risks. We only go to restaurants we know we will like. We only going to the cinema if we are absolutely certain we will like the film. We prefer to engage with like-minded individuals with whom we share similar views or…

The Hardest Part of An Easy Life

Not doing something is often all too easy. Like not making a difficult decision. Or postponing a difficult conversation. Or not writing a new blog post in six weeks. That’s easy; I just don’t do it. Not exercising is easy. Not dieting is easy. Not prioritising your goals and dreams is easy. Being a passenger…

Cover Versions

Creating original content can be very hard, no matter what your field.  Whether it’s writing, composing, leading a business or even inventing, chances are someone has done it before you. This makes for challenging times, as everyone is trying to bring something new to market, trying to saying something original, trying to tell a new…

Inter-Goal Extinction

Interstellar extinction is the term used when objects in space are not visible to us because matter such as gas, particles and space dust get in the way and block our view. Consequently, there are objects in our own galaxy that we’ve never seen, because the concentrations of gas and dust are greater inside the galaxy…

Shuffle and Skip

The music industry has transformed at an inconceivable rate over the course of the last few decades. The MP3 player, the iPod / iPhone and all manner of streaming music services have completely changed how we listen to and consume music. Gone are the days of buying an album and listening to it all the…

A Bad Influence

A familiar phrase that you’ll have heard, and probably used at some point, is that someone (or something) has been a “bad influence” on you. Usually we refer to this “bad influence” when we’ve made a decision that we’ve come to regret. We’ve all made choices we regret. Some of those regrets may relate to…

It Doesn’t Count

As a society we seem obsessed with measuring something so that we can put a number on it. Maybe it’s because of our tendency to perceive numbers as facts. But it does mean we risk missing things that could be equally important, or perhaps more so, than the things we can attach a number to. In business it’s all…

You Can’t Argue With The Numbers

Numbers, and in particular mathematics, are considered to be the language of science. As such, numbers take on a particularly amazing quality: they’re immediately associated with facts and statistics. For example, did you know that only 1% of people who set out to achieve a goal actually succeed? The other 99% fail or give up.…