…and I thought self control was always a good thing.

Sometimes you have to admit that everything you thought was wrong was (possibly) right. Could it be that all those good habits, all that resisting temptation and weeks of denial were for nothing? Is it possible that beating myself up after the third chocolate digestive and saying “no” to things that would have been funContinue reading “…and I thought self control was always a good thing.”

The Monday Morning Quote #582

Success or Failure depends more upon attitude than upon capacity, successful men people act as though they have accomplished or are enjoying something. Soon it becomes a reality. Act, look, feel successful, conduct yourself accordingly, and you will be amazed at the positive results. William James

“I wish someone told me” Ira Glass

My thanks to Will Rees for sharing this. “Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me.  All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste.  But there is this gap.  For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. Continue reading ““I wish someone told me” Ira Glass”

Professionals come in two varieties…

“But there are two basic kinds of professional, Harkness saw in a moment of self-congratulatory illumination. There’s the professionalism that does something well enough to earn a living from it. And there’s the professionalism that creates a commitment so intense that the earning of a living happens by the way. Its dynamic isn’t wages butContinue reading “Professionals come in two varieties…”

The Binge Listen #1 – Don’t Tell Me The Score

I came across the “Don’t Tell Me The Score” podcast a week or so ago and have listened to the eleven episodes whilst wrestling with wood over the past couple of days – one great advantage of the ear protectors that I employ whilst using the chain-saw is that they both isolate me and keepContinue reading “The Binge Listen #1 – Don’t Tell Me The Score”

War and Peace 45 years on…

It’s never too late to set new goals or to revisit old ones and, as long as you persist, just about anything is achievable (even passing A-levels). I eventually passed my A-levels in August 1973, (with grateful thanks to the lecturers at Harrogate Tech). I asked my father if he could get me a copyContinue reading “War and Peace 45 years on…”

Our society is being highjacked

Thanks to Cal Newport for pointing me towards this site in his latest Study Hacks blogpost, “Beyond Digital Ethics”. He talks about the work of Tristan Harris and The Centre for Humane Technology from whose website I have taken a page. What began as a race to monetize our attention is now eroding the pillarsContinue reading “Our society is being highjacked”