How is it that I’ve been on this Earth so long, and still I can’t shake this off? Worries about the same old things. Grey, tired, tormenting ideas. Isn’t it time to stop? Can’t I drop it all and start anew? Take a holiday somewhere nice from the cubicle of my mind. Because I need […]

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Putting in hours of work day after day to little response on the Internet is one of the most irrational things a human can do. Yet that is what so many of us do do. Day after day after day. (And it can make you feel like doodoo). Why, Joseph? Are you off your rocker? […]

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.

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 […]

“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 […]

Your mama says you’re lazy. Your friends say you’re lazy. You feel lazy. You act lazy. You feel down because you fell into the trap. You agreed with them, and you start to believe it yourself. I’m lazy. It’s true. The poison takes hold. And so you act how you think, and you think how […]

I’m falling through wet cloud. Mist surrounds me, fills my skull; my heavy arms. Nothing on which to hold, just fear, and the dullness of doubt. Nothing tactile. So I distract myself from this chaos. At least someone else’s Netflix story gives me somewhere to go. Holds my hand. A journey of escape, at least […]

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 […]

Writing this article was hard. I’m doing a self-imposed thirty articles in thirty days challenge. Being in the ‘zone’ for writing isn’t always easy. Often, I will feel stuck, bored, restless, and irritable knowing I need to do something that I don’t feel like doing. Sound familiar? Of course it does, you’re human. We get […]