Luckily for me, my day job has temporarily moved my office next to this place(above), the Central Library in Edinburgh. Built with funds from none other than Andrew Carnegie in 1890 the Edinburgh Central Library is not only an incredibly impressive building but houses a huge collection. I have spent the past month or so picking up books I’ve wanted to read for a while…

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One book changed the way I think. One altered how I manage money. Another focussed on improving a skill I use every day. April was a good month for learning and improving. ‘The Consolations of Philosophy’ — Alain de Botton When reading the kind of material that I do, it is likely that I will stumble across a quote from philosophy, one that so succinctly…

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Making a commitment to yourself and really keeping your promise can be difficult but it can truly be worthwhile too. At this point in time, I have read for 90 consecutive days (I have yet to read today, but I will) and now it is no longer a question of if I will read, the question is more like how much or what will I…

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Today is World Book Day so it’s fitting that I share what I read throughout the month of February. Admittedly I had no clue what day today was until I went online to write this. ‘Awaken the Giant Within’ — Tony Robbins The genre of self-help gets its fair share of flack and a lot of the time I can understand why. What set Tony…

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Taking a Leap of Faith

Posted by October 11, 2016

I am making two bold moves in regards to my work. It is equally exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. What if it doesn’t work? Move A involves a bit of a financial gamble, a time commitment and working massively outside of my comfort zone. Move B involves a time commitment and some more operating out of my comfort zone. Both could fall completely…

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On Top of Your Game

Posted by October 5, 2016

It’s hard to operate at full capacity when you experience the following: Too little sleep. Too much stress. A lack of sleep affects concentration, mood, energy levels and a whole host of other things. Getting enough of it is severely underrated, especially in business/entrepreneurial circles where a lack of sleep is worn like a badge of honour. I fell into that trap but realise now…

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Taking a New Direction

Posted by October 5, 2016

After 78 posts and over 25,000 words written I have realised that I want to take the blog and site in a different direction. The original idea was to create and share something daily and I left that fairly open on purpose as I didn’t plan to write every day. The days when I didn’t write were to be filled with music, design work or…

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Sustainable Goals

Posted by October 3, 2016

Inexperienced runners who have signed up for a marathon regularly fall into the same trap. They start with too much too soon and either injure themselves or tire themselves out. Running a medium to long distance run every day is not sustainable for them. I’m all about having incredibly audacious goals. It’s what excites me, motivates me and keeps me going, but at the same time, I…

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Originality

Posted by October 3, 2016

A new fashion brand launches. A band or a solo artist release a new album or single. An artist reveals their latest works. These things happen many times over, every single day, all over the world. How much of the output will be original? Nothing is truly original. Everyone has their influences whether they admit it or not. The sheer number of people creating something new at…

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Pressure

Posted by October 1, 2016

In sports, the word pressure is used liberally. We all know people in high-pressure jobs or situations. The question is what is pressure anyway? In this context, it is used to describe harassment or oppression as dictionary.com would define it. We talk a lot about external pressure, pressure from family, bosses, fans, peers, but is there really such a thing? Sure there are expectations and…

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