As children, our parents made up little games to motivate us to complete difficult and mundane tasks.
‘Hop in the car please’ never worked. ‘Race you to the car!’ did. ‘Quiet please’ saw us chatting seconds later. ‘I’ll time you and see if you can stay quiet for 1 hour’ hushed us for half that time.
A few choice words had our 5-year-old selves tackling the simplest of tasks like they were the greatest personal challenges of our lifetime. How so?
If I ran and didn’t Strava, did I even run at all?
‘It pays to be a winner!’
A Navy SEAL officer hurls condescension from the sands of a Southern Californian beach. Across the waves and out to sea, dozens of hopeful young men paddle furiously into the night.
Today’s klass is brought to you by Dead Poets Society via Kendall Jenner.
The other day, thanks to Kendall Jenner’s Instagram feed, I stumbled upon a quote from Dead Poets Society. The quote was a paraphrase of this:
‘So avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys – to woo women – and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do.’
Yes skiing in Aspen is nice, and July on the Amalfi is lovely darling, but is there anything better than a few weeks spent knocking about by the beach with your family?
Would you rather be courageous or comfortable? In the arena or watching from the grandstand?
‘If we are brave enough, often enough, we will fall; this is the physics of vulnerability.’ – Brené Brown
Allow me to indulge in a little negotiation parable. Don’t worry, it involves cake.
I have a particular interest in negotiation. Perhaps it’s because negotiations are such a common fixture in our lives, yet we give little regard to how we might nail them.
Getting to Yes with a side of Pret a Manger
I first met the term ‘thought leader’ in a great little book called ‘Think, Write, Grow’ by Grant Butler.
The book, on a rug that says ‘Turkey’ but is actually on my lounge room floor