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 […]

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 […]

Think for a second about why you don’t want to do things. When you have that thing you need to do or feel you should do… …but you just…can’t…do…it. What is at the heart of your saying no to it? Say someone calls you and invites you to speak on a panel in front of […]

Sometimes, I wish I were a tortoise. Or a horse. Or a lizard. To be human is to be cursed. No other creature can make a mistake,and turn it into a hundred. How silly. To put more into concealing my strangeness,than displaying my coloured wings. To work me up into a hot mess of nerves,Because […]

Can you challenge yourself? We know the importance of habits. We know that successful habits create successful people when they are brought into everyday action. We are what we repeatedly do. But they are hard to keep, especially when we get overwhelmed by the idea of changing for good. Don’t forget the power of small […]

Goals are hard. Well, they’re hard because we look back over a year of forgotten goals — a goal graveyard. They seem hard in retrospect because they appear so untouchable, so intangible. So pointless. But they tell us to set goals, and so every year we write out our list and try again. We might make some […]

Imagine this. You are sitting in the audience as part of a live studio recording for a television talk show. Leading the panel is one of your favourite hosts. He’s why you came today. The cameras are rolling. The lights are bright, and the air is studio-sterile. The debate among the guests is interesting and […]

Jean-Paul Sartre said that “hell is other people.” When I’m surrounded by people with whom I seem to have nothing in common, I’d be quick to agree. All my life, other people have brought me tremendous amounts of stress. They have confused me, irritated me, and stirred up visceral anger in me. When I was […]