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It was August 2010 and I was teetering with nervous excitement.    It was the opening night of our school play - an Oscar Wilde classic called The Importance of Being Ernest. I was playing a female character and cross-dressing for the role, starring as the dithering ‘Miss Prism’.    My dream at the time was to take the world by storm by writing stories, acting in them and making films. So on this night, I felt the penultimate excitement of my debut, the first time I was really performing live.    Before call time, I snuck out from the dressing room to the dark, empty

This is based off a Future Shapers talk I gave. See here.    Imagine it this way.    Pretend Natural Selection is the majority shareholder of a global business called Humanity. Well for however many millions or thousands of years, Natural Selection called all the shots.    And it was working well. The silent shareholder, the one who held only 10% voting rights could be just that - silent.    The silent business partner is called the Conscious Self. The part of Humanity that is more aware and fine-tuned.    Now these two business partners hit a bust up and have been at war ever since - that bust up

My friend Andrew has done many things. He kicked off a podcast (no scratch that, a movement) that connects strangers.   He also talks about The Three Levels of Life.    Picture this.   A girl is born into a plantation as a slave. She is never chained, or held back. But all she does is follow the rules, because that’s all she’s ever been told to do. Even though there is nothing physically stopping her, she has been hardwired to follow the rules. As such she never leaves the plantation.    This is the first level: Following the rules you've been given. No matter how crazy they

“I want to read more” “I want to drink less”   Well, when I was eighteen, I wanted to get ripped.  I left school thin and scrawny, so top of the list for post-school life was to get ripped and impress girls.    So I joined a gym.    And I only went every-so often. The first time you go to the gym I’m afraid to say is absolutely terrifying. You don’t know how to use any of the equipment and are afraid of looking like a fool on a very public stage.    Then one day, I realised my friend Carl had signed up at the same gym. As

Today's message comes not from me, but from a friend. Wilson lives in Nigeria and we met recently on a course together. When he was reflecting on the below writing piece, he discussed how he'd never been so open and vulnerable before. His piece is titled "You can't truly see others if you can't see yourself" and I hope you enjoy it. Of the many things I drew from this piece of writing, I was particularly taken by the line "I have always struggled with choosing myself". It begs the question. How many of us are given permission when we are growing up to

In a remarkable workshop called the Akimbo Emerging Leaders Program, by Seth Godin and others, a fascinating take on leadership is presented.    Leadership is to say, “I’m going over there, who’s going with me?”.    Simple, eloquent… and powerful. It forces us to ask, who can we get to go with us? Why would anyone who is already here want to go there?   Famous leaders marched on Washington, they marched against genocide, they marched against Apartheid, they led brave companies and they created new things that people were all willing to follow, to march alongside.    People all followed THE leader.   But what about the opposite?    Ernesto Sirolli,

Boring. Geeky. Vanilla. Yet, it is the very building block of your thinking and learning optimisation.   Welcome to the under-appreciated yet PRICELESS art of note-taking.    Note: I would never have thought to make a post on this if it weren’t for the recommendation of Scott McKeon - so I have him to thank for this very public display of my nerdiness.    I have a very unique approach to note-taking across many areas of my life, from reading to documenting events and stories… then using them in unusual ways going forward.    Until Scott pointed it out, I never thought of the potential of this

It is almost impossible to change someone’s mind when you confront them in an argument. To change people’s mind, the art of convincing, is much more effectively done by leading the horse to water.    By making them feel like it was their idea.    Inception, the 2010 sci-fi film by Christopher Nolan follows a mischievous group who try to convince man called Robert Fischer (played by Cilian Murphy) to dissolve his dying father’s company.    But they must convince him that it is his idea, and to do this, they infiltrate his subconscous.    The journey deep into Robert’s mind   What I love about Inception is that it

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxjVTcdbJqs Podcast Episode Link.   If you’ve never seen Hollywood’s classic, satirical Austin Powers movies, then you might be missing one of the greatest lessons on wealth of all time from the film’s villain, Dr. Evil.    Played by Mike Myers, Dr. Evil continually gets stuck up on one thing - relativity.    Having been caught up in time travel, he has problems adjusting his ransom demands for inflation!      From a million to a hundred billion dollars   In this short clip Dr. Evil reveals the extent of his well-thought out diabolical plan. He’s obviously been brooding on this one for a while and plotting to get a million dollars.    Though

The following story is told in the book Art and Fear by Ted Orland and David Bayles   Recently a painter of some accomplishment (but as insecure as the rest of us) was discussing his prevoius night’s dream with a friend over coffee. It ewas one of those vivid technicolour dreams, the kind that linger on in exact detail even after waking. In his dream he found himself at an art gallery, and when he walked inside and looked around he found the walls hung with paintings - amazing paintings, paintings of passionate intensity and haunting beauty. Recounting his dream, the artist

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