7 boring “adulting” things that get me excited

June 15, 2022

[delay +1 week] 1. When the Lidl app pops up saying the new coupons are available. 2. Completing my taxes on time. 3. Getting to the bottom of the washing basket (who am I kidding, this never happens… there are always more clothes to wash). 4. It being Friday so I can have a bath… Why

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Why only some people assume leadership positions

June 13, 2022

[category Self Improvement] Why is it that some of us feel the drive to "get things moving" but others don’t? Or, put another way, why do only some people feel responsible? I was chatting with my dad the other day about leadership. I find myself driven to take leadership positions in many situations. Now… this terminology

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10 embarrassing things to do in front of a window

June 8, 2022

Here are 10 embarrassing things to do in front of the window in your flat or house when your neighbour lives across and can see in your window: 1. A mime in the style of Marcel Marceau… but really badly. 2. Playing an invisible trumpet as Ride of the Valkyries plays on the radio. 3.

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Do you dare to be perceived as stupid?

June 6, 2022

You’re stupid. How do you feel reading that? What does it feel like if I say that you’re stupid? I must admit, I don’t like being called stupid. It feels bad. Not bad like stubbing your little toe on the edge of the kitchen unit for the 3rd time in one day… but it’s certainly

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Why I avoid lollipop people

June 1, 2022

When I look out of my window, I can see a lollipop person… as in, someone who holds a giant lollipop to help children across the road. I hate lollipop people. I’m sure they’re very nice people. But I hate them. Why do they have to help me across the road!? I’m a 34 year

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The problem with comparison

May 30, 2022

I’m a big "comparer"… by which I mean, I compare myself to other people. I also compare myself to myself, in the past. And anything else I can find to compare myself to, I often do. The other day, I was interviewing a fellow speaker, who has a rather harrowing life story that they tell

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Why you shouldn’t try to “be intelligent”

May 25, 2022

I’ve been re-reading the book The Clown Manifesto. It’s a wonderful little tome (can you have a little tome?) about how to reliably create clown shows. As I’m creating a clown show right now, it made sense to revisit it. It’s filled with nuggets of great advice. Unlike chicken nuggets, I never get bored of

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10 ways to avoid eating Brussel Sprouts

May 18, 2022

1. Feed them to the dog 2. Throw them out of the door. 3. Build them into a tower underneath the table with your toes. 4. Stuff them into your pocket, leave them for weeks, forget about them, and then wonder why everyone says “What’s that horrible smell?” when you come in the room. 5.

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Why things get worse before they get better

May 16, 2022

I’m struggling right now. It happens in life, right? I mean, that’s basically what life is — a series of struggles. You overcome one struggle. Then, you do well for a while thanks in part to the skills and strengths that you gained during that difficult experience. Then another challenge comes along that is beyond

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