Being prolific

How many ideas have you lost out of pure inertia? I don’t just mean all the ideas you’ve had that you never did anything about – you lost those too, but many of them probably weren’t that good anyway.  Doing…

A small thing that might be useful

Here’s a small thing that might be useful: a link (or better, if I can manage it, an embedded video) from Derek Sivers about getting on with making small things that might be useful to someone and that they’ll actually pay…

Possibility: learning to see

This morning one of my sons was trying to put a new water bottle in a bottle holder: “It doesn’t fit.” I laughed at him, because I’d put the same bottle in the same holder a day before. I told…

No Guru

I love gurus. The feeling of hope and promise of new efficiency, productivity and meaning that a good one brings. Insights. Ideas. The catch is how easy it is to end up chasing the feeling and not the ideas.  Or…

It’s not for you

It’s so easy to want everyone to love what we do. When we’re writing, we want everyone to think it’s great. In our work building a service or product, we want everyone to buy in – to join us, or…

Who is it for?

This is a lesson that I’ve been learning slowly, and for a long time. When presenting to a group or leading a training it’s easy to fall into the trap of focusing on your own performance: Am I looking good?…

One cigarette

Which smoke will kill you? According to a load of research, smoking just one cigarette a day does almost half the damage of smoking a whole pack. They expected the health risk of one cigarette to be five percent of…

Air Pollution

Air Pollution

The air is terrible in Jakarta at the moment – two or three times over the WHO recommended maximum. It’s easy to go down a technical rabbit hole here, which I won’t. The question is – how can little us…

100 posts for… us?

I’m a practising writer. These posts are first of all for me, and for no-one else, for the time being. No sharing until I hit 100 at least. Then they’re for the readers and co-workers who will hopefully be blessed…

100 days of showing up

“Ship it.” “Show up.” Today is the start of 100 days of showing up: shipping a blog post every day for 100 days. Not aiming for perfection. Aiming to get the job done every day until November the 8th, whether…