Live to Work or Work to Live? Why This Question is Irrelevent

Most people have heard the saying “Work to live, don’t live to work”. The logic of perceived wisdom has generally resonated with me and I felt like I should be aiming for this lifestyle where my working life, my job, was just a means to fund the rest of my time which, according to this saying, should be my true life.

For reasons probably related to the pressure of social norms and my competitive nature I haven’t achieved this state; I have led a career focussed life. Continue reading

The Importance of Boring Old Consistency When Striving for Our Dreams

A lesson that I have picked up from lots of the books and podcasts that I have listened to recently is the importance of consistency when we are aiming for a particular vision.

What does that mean?

It seems that many successful people appreciate the value of the long game; the war of attrition, often against ourselves, when we are trying to achieve a dream. Continue reading

The Social Media Backlash and Why Blogging is the Future

When Andy Warhol said that in the future everyone would have 15 minutes of world-fame I suspect he didn’t foresee the opportunities that we now have to publish to a wide audience so easily and continuously. We can now experience our own little piece of fame 24/7 through social media, albeit usually on a relatively small scale.

I also suspect that he couldn’t foresee the effect that this small scale fame would have on some of us. Continue reading

A Lesson from Homer Simpson – How Quitting Facebook Can Improve Your Life

A quote from Homer Simpson has always stuck in my head

“…every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain..”

Neuroscientists would probably have something to say about the scientific validity of that statement in terms of learning and memory but in the short term, when we think about mental capacity and attention, I think there is something important in there.

I’ll cut to the chase, I recently deleted Facebook from my phone and it has improved my life. Continue reading