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Why Do You Do What You Do?

Is it money, fame, and glory? This can be true to varying degrees for many people, but if you are not one of those people, what is your real motivation for doing what you do? I watched one of my favourite films ‘Sideways’ last night. Spoiler alert if you haven’t seen it! At the very end of the film and after having made several mistakes … Continue reading Why Do You Do What You Do?

I Don’t Care What You Do. I Want To Know Who You Are

It’s the question we always hear whenever we are at an event or social gathering. Once we have broken the ice and found out the other person’s name, what is the default first question of the ‘conversation’? Our first question to a complete stranger is to find out what they do during the day to earn money to pay their rent/mortgage/bills. Maybe we like our … Continue reading I Don’t Care What You Do. I Want To Know Who You Are

Is The Grass Always Greener?

According to my taxi driver this morning, a change is as good as a rest. Maybe it was because I hadn’t had my coffee yet, but I started wondering if that was really true. What are the benefits of change? Is change really restful? I often find that people see change as quite a stressful experience. The unfamiliar ‘chaos’ can be hugely challenging and quite … Continue reading Is The Grass Always Greener?

Perfection is a Myth and the Enemy of Productivity

Nothing’s perfect. Nobody’s perfect. Nowhere is perfect. Perfection is a myth. Imperfection is the reality of our lives. Whatever ideas the media may try to sell us with seemingly perfect families and bodies among other things, there is no such thing as perfection. We give ourselves such a hard time trying to be ‘perfect’ that we forget that being imperfect is who we are as … Continue reading Perfection is a Myth and the Enemy of Productivity

Can What’s Missing Be Your Strength?

I have been a fan of Q (English music magazine) for many years and in the latest issue, I was reading an interview with a band called Royal Blood. Now I’m not really a rock fan but every now and again a band comes through that I really like and Royal Blood are currently and pleasantly deafening me with both their albums. But why am … Continue reading Can What’s Missing Be Your Strength?

Sky Full Of Morning Stars

It’s 6am on the first day of November and quite dark outside. I couldn’t sleep and so I tiptoed through the house so as not to wake Mrs Cortado and our dog Grace to go outside and get my phone which I’d left in the car. On my way back, I promptly dropped it (clearly no coffee yet having an impact) and happened to look … Continue reading Sky Full Of Morning Stars

How Bruce Lee Helped Me Get A Spanish Driving Licence

Perhaps this is something we don’t like admitting, but although we may want to get things done as soon as possible, sometimes it will just take longer. And that doesn’t have to be a bad thing.   I’ve just managed to get a Spanish driving licence for a friend. It’s been a process which started a few months ago and as is the case in … Continue reading How Bruce Lee Helped Me Get A Spanish Driving Licence

Permission To Not Be Positive

“Sometimes I want to go home and stay out of sight for a long time”   This is a lyric from a song called ‘Van Occupanther’ by one of my favourite bands, Midlake which gets me every time. On listening to it today, it got me thinking especially about how it feels to ‘sometimes want go home and stay out of sight for a long … Continue reading Permission To Not Be Positive

Who Do You Want To Be Today?

If every decision we made in the past made us who we are now, then decisions we make today will create the people that we will be tomorrow.   So what do you want to be and perhaps more importantly, who do you want to be?   Because today is your chance to take steps to making that happen.   Image by Matthew Wiebe http://www.unsplash.com Continue reading Who Do You Want To Be Today?

How Flies Can Help You To Be A Better Person

I’m sitting in a bar near where I live in the south of Spain and it’s already hot outside. There are already 9 flies circling around in the bar doing their fly thing and other than having to swat one from time to time for getting near my breakfast, we seem to get on perfectly well.   While looking at them though, it got me … Continue reading How Flies Can Help You To Be A Better Person