Reality Sucks

Reality can sometimes be quite dull. In films, TV programmes, or even the news, reality gets changed and made more dramatic and exciting. It seems that we want the altered, edited and “sexed up” version of reality more than reality itself. Perhaps this is the reason why so many people get caught up (or caught…

Life Is Not A Game

Like many millions of people, I love to play video games. I enjoy them; they’re fun, they’re engaging, they’re distracting. I can easily get obsessed with what level I’m on and how I’m progressing. It’s good to progress, it feels great to level-up, but lately I realised that I was feeling a sense of achievement, when in…

When We Can We Will

We all have things we want to do, things we want to achieve. Changing career, learning a language, clearing out the spare room. Some of them are big, some of them are small. Some are dreams, some are goals, some are just “stuff”. We all also have reasons we don’t get round to doing some,…

We Are All Gamblers

I’m sure some of you will disagree with the statement in this blog title. Many of you will maintain that you have never gambled in your life; and by gambling you mean putting down some money on a bet or the outcome of a game. Many people consider it morally wrong. Others consider it a…

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…

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.…

The Great Average

None of us want to be average, right? Most of us want to be more than average. Most of want to experience more than average. I don’t know anyone who would tell their boss they’re aiming for an average performance this year. I’ve not met the person who would go into a restaurant and expect…

Have You Made Up Your Mind Yet?

What’s on your mind? How many choices and decisions do you have to make today? How many long term decisions or concerns are occupying your mind right now? Our minds are only capable of making a certain number of decisions. This number can vary depending on the type of decisions you have to make; we…

The Attraction of The Highly Unlikely

Last year the UK’s National Lottery organisers changed how the game worked and, in doing so, they decreased the odds of winning from 1 in 14 million to 1 in 49 million. They took this decision as, over the course of some years, ticket sales had been on a constant decline. But the decision to…

Choosing The Right Container

“Work expands so as to fill the time available for it’s completion” – Parkinsons Law When you consider Parkinson’s Law, it makes work tasks sound like gas, which expand to fill whatever container you put it in. Essentially our work, our tasks and activities will take as much time as we give them. This is the…