“You stupid, dumb fool! What have you done?” How often do you talk to yourself like that? We can get so used to talking this way, we don’t notice how often we do it. Most of us are so brutal to ourselves in thought over so many years, we lose touch with what it’s like […]

Book of Lift - Daily/Monthly Productivity Planner

In 2017 I wrote an article that went viral. When (name drop alert) Ariana Huffington shared it to her six million LinkedIn followers, I was struck at how far my own seemingly humble ideas could spread. My article detailed the daily questions (see them at the end) I would ask myself each morning to help […]

In December 2018 I added a new header to my blog, and this is the image in full. ProCreate App using gouache pen and pencil. I am enjoying this pencil-heavy exploration of illustration style. You may also like… Pool Zone The cure for an anxious life in less than 550 words How to create a […]

My life has featured a lot of unnecessary suffering. Self-conscious. Frustrated. Cynical. In a perpetual state of worry about gaining — and losing — the admiration of others. It took many years to realise that our many forms of mental anguish arise more from our judgement of others than of the perceived judgement others inflict […]

There is a sense of building despair that comes with repeated failures. We feel our spirit drain with every project dropped for a new one; with every ‘mistake’; with every rejection. Failure is good if we view it for the value it holds, yes. But at some point, we need to see some success — […]