Category Mythbusting

Screw perfection: Have the courage to love your own garbage

Messy, tacky and awkward is pretty much how we could sum up life. Yet how many of us are brave enough to acknowledge this fact? What if we held aloft a magic sword and screamed to the midday sun: “Screw perfection! I’m out. You’re unobtainable. Take a hike, you tantalisingly unrealistic bastard.”  The pursuit of perfection drives us to some pretty dark places. It takes us away from the jobs

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Productivity articles minus the dawn wakeup call? Yes, it can be done

Have you noticed every second productivity article wants you bouncing out of bed at 5am? Early mornings are great for getting things done.  However, not everyone is designed for the early morning wake up. Some of us don’t have the lives where a 5am wake up is possible due to family, work commitments and our own natural biorhythms. I know I don’t. Years of working evening and night shift taught me a

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Do what you love: the perfect con

‘Do what you love’ is the siren call of the twenty-first century. But it could be the perfect con. “Do what you love”, says Marc Anthony, “and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Of course, it’s good for Marc Anthony to suggest so; he’s the top selling tropical salsa artist of all time, a two-time Grammy and five-time Latin Grammy winner. Winners are great at encouraging others to

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Work hard. Play hard. What a bunch of bull.

Work hard play hard used to be my motto. It used to be (almost) what defined me. As 40 raps her tired knuckles against my birthday this year, I have seen a distinct change in how I operate. The little hell cat that used to go out every night after work in her 20’s (I did shift work, it was kind of OK to hit the clubs at midnight back

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Defining boundaries in business, and saying no

You define your boundaries, nobody else. You decide what’s acceptable, and what’s not. You decide which hours of which days you’re available for clients, and when you’re not working. You decide which hours of which days you’re working on your business. You decide when you need to receive payment by. You write your terms and conditions, enforce them and you get to decide when or if they can be waived

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What did you want to be when you grew up?

What did you want to be when you grew up? Such a dangerous question. It’s thick around the edges with loss and laced with the bitter taste of disappointment. When you look at your child self who would have screamed “nurse!” or “fireman!” or in my case “writer and actor!” and then return to who you are now, sometimes the gap between the desire and the reality is dizzying. We

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