My first try at a short-film version of an article I wrote a while ago on Medium that did well. All footage taken by the author in and around Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Japan, 2019. (Link: https://medium.com/the-mission/what-i… ) Follow me on Twitter: @iamalexmathers Any questions, feedback, comment below.

When was the last time you did something that made you feel worse about yourself for having done it? You keep saying you’ll stop smoking, but you do it, and you always feel awful when you do. You can smell it on your fingers. Perhaps, you’re super-sensitive to caffeine like me, and yet you still […]

I’ve been trying to bring more thirty-day challenges into my life. A month is a substantial chunk of time for developing a habit without being overwhelmed at the idea of doing something forever. I aim to make it fun, but a stretch. Over February of 2019, I embarked on a challenge to write a self-development […]

If you’ve been struggling, now is the time. To cast off the heavy shell, and show the world who you are. To make that dent we’ve all been waiting for. It is possible. I have seen it. To work on outstanding projects, with exceptional people, for substantial income. An influential, successful career working for yourself […]

“It’s lonely at the top. Ninety-nine per cent of people in the world are convinced they can’t do great things, so they aim for mediocre.”  — Tim Ferriss Ever feel like you’re repeatedly banging into a wall? It can be hard to sense that we are getting anywhere, let alone making a dent in the Universe. It […]

You don’t want to start. Your heart goes faster. You and your thoughts move quicker. You start to pace. You’re in a mild panic. Because you panic, you want to take on many things at once. You look at the beginning, and you look at the end, and you try to start in the middle […]

There is something in most people that annoys me. Today, lying by the pool, a group of guys playing loud music and cackling like donkeys annoyed me. People who spit on the streets here in Bangkok and act like they own the pavement annoy me. Loud groups of tourists who leave rubbish around annoy me. […]

I’ve been criticised for most of my life. Mostly, these centre around being ‘too quiet,’ ‘boring,’ ‘serious,’ ‘morose,’’sleepy,’’like I’ve just woken up,’and ‘angry.’ I’m pretty introverted, have slitty eyes, and it can look like I’m sleepy and grumpy a lot of the time. Of course, being criticised doesn’t make me unique or a special case. […]

“A sale is made when your conviction about something is stronger than the potential buyer’s.” This is something I recently read in a book on selling. A large part of the art of selling anything — products, services, ourselves — is about our ability to communicate belief. If we can show that we believe in what we’re selling, buyers […]

There are a lot of things that still scare me. There are many things I have avoided because I didn’t want to look stupid in front of other people (and still do). There are relationships I blocked, and experiences I denied because I didn’t want to look and feel like an awful, sweating, mumbling schmuck. […]