Promoting From Within vs. Hiring From the Outside is the most popular post on this site by a long stretch.

I went back and re-read it today and the first thing that jumped out was how much my writing has improved since I wrote it (nearly two years ago!). The content still felt good, but the post could have been clearer and more concise in parts.

So, I took the opportunity to clean it up, removing and adding a few bits here or there.

I think it’s much better as a result, but hey, I will let you be the judge of that ;-)

Just click the link at the top of this post to see the new version.




July 21, 2014

I watched a brilliant TEDx talk the other day that really, really inspired me (video at bottom of post).


It was by a guy called Alastair Humphrey’s. Alastair is an adventurer, author and motivational speaker who has done some pretty mind blowing things.

They include spending over 4 years cycling round the world, walking across southern India, rowing across the Atlantic Ocean and running 6 marathons through the Sahara Desert. Oh, and walking 120 miles round the M25 ;-)

I’m reading his book Micro Adventures at the moment and am loving it. It’s all about finding adventure close to home, getting out of your comfort zone and trying new things (even if you have a particularly busy type office job – in fact it’s geared towards this audience). He perfectly captures the essence of adventure on the first page:

Adventure is a state of mind, a spirit of trying something new
and leaving your comfort zone. It’s about enthusiasm, ambition,
open-mindedness and curiosity.

I’m looking forward to incorporating some of his suggestions for having more adventure in life over the summer. I really like the sound of Le Tour de Yorkshire and a Circular Journey.

You can find out more about his adventures here – Adventures & Micro Adventures.

He’s also speaking in London next week too (I’ve already bagged my tickets) -

Lastly, check out his TEDx talk below:



July 11, 2014

As I write these words, I figure I will decide afterwards whether to publish this post or not. Since I started writing in public, I’ve had a couple of people tell me they were surprised at how honest I am when I write about myself. One even suggested I should hold some stuff back as […]

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8 Cool Things I’ve Stumbled Across Lately

July 8, 2014

I’ve been trying to live more simply and be more open to trying new things recently. And to do things for fun, rather than trying to be as productive as possible. In doing so, I’ve stumbled across a few things I thought were pretty cool and wanted to share them. Bournemouth beach I went to visit my Dad […]

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How One Small Bad Habit Can Derail Everything

June 26, 2014

Time and time again, I get reminded just how important routine is to establishing habits and getting things done. As I ponder this, I also notice how one small bad habit can quickly grow into something bigger, setting off a number of new bad habits. Slowly, good habits you’ve worked hard to establish start to unravel […]

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Baking Like a Baller

June 23, 2014

I did some baking at the weekend and loved it. Weirdly I found it quite relaxing. The difference was weighing out all of the ingredients beforehand. It takes the thinking out of it, so all you have to do is follow the steps. It’s nice to see a bunch of raw ingredients turn into something which […]

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How I Think People Will Pay For Written Content Online

June 21, 2014

I often think about how hard it is to get people to pay for written content online. It seems to me that there are very few people who have figured it out. The biggest and most obvious hurdle, is that there is literally so much information available for free now – on virtually every subject […]

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Buy Your Ex-Customers a Cup of Coffee

June 11, 2014

On my run earlier, I passed a local tea shop which opened a few months ago. I was surprised to see no one in it. And then I realised, I had visited a couple of times in the first few weeks of it opening and never went back. It got me thinking, why did I never go […]

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June 9, 2014

I often joke when talking with people, that the advice for losing weight can be summed up in four words: eat less, move more I even thought it would be funny if there were a book which claimed to be the definitive guide to losing weight and had just one page, with those four words […]

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Embracing Uncertainty

May 25, 2014

I forgot how going for a run can be a great time to think. Whilst on my run this morning, I had a couple of things going around in my mind – the need to embrace uncertainty; and how many different ways people use twitter. There is a connection, I promise Embracing uncertainty has been […]

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