POSTS IN Contentment

Our greatest success is ahead

Watching TV the other day (something relatively rare for me), I heard a woman say, “I can’t escape the feeling that my greatest successes are behind me.” I immediately felt sad for her. As creators we can never allow ourselves to think our greatest successes are behind us, they must always be in our future. […]

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It’s only for now

I’m a huge fan of AVENUE Q, the irreverent puppet musical that puts and adult spin on Sesame Street. It’s not just the pleasure of hearing a Muppet say “fuck”, it’s also a great distillation of how our hopes and dreams for life change, adapt and evolve throughout our lives (especially straight out of school). […]

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Modelling vs. mimicking

There are two types of people in the online world: those who model and those who mimic. Modelling is taking best practices from the best people and building something on the same structure that you make your own. Mimics take what someone else has done and churn out the exact same thing, hoping that because […]

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Don’t get mad OR even

If someone does us wrong getting mad, demanding to get even, isn’t going to get us anywhere. Instead we need to allow the anger, acknowledge the desire for revenge, but then take a deep breath and realise that all we’re likely to do is make the situation worse, irretrievably damage the relationship and increase our […]

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Disconnect: nothing is THAT important

My wife had a blood test at our local hospital the other day and noticed a sign that read: “Please do not answer your phone while you are having blood taken.” The nurse explained that they had to put it up because people would be having blood taken and would reach down to their pockets […]

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Go analogue

Gretchen Rubin of the Happiness Project helped me realise the importance of going analogue in some situations. She’s a big note-take (much like me) and uses a small notebook to write things down in every day conversations, which she spoke about in her post with tips for making people feel smart. It made me think: […]

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Thank everybody

I’ve talked about the ‘be everywhere’ strategy before and never is it more important than saying thanks. I wrote a guest post for ManVsDebt that was picked up on another site doing a blog post round up. I got a notification through Talkwater1, clicked through and (naturally) enjoyed their praise, so I reached out and […]

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Using contentment to keep at it

Keeping going can be almost as hard as starting up. To start takes courage. The first step takes a willingness to put ourselves out there before we believe we’re ready because we all know that if we wait for ‘ready’ we’ll never get anything out of the door. To keep going requires faith. Faith that […]

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Open it now

A couple of weeks ago I read this piece about Instagram founder Kevin Systrom and discovered he owns a bottle of 100 year-old Jim Beam but refuses to open it until the right time. Just to be clear, he owned it before the Facebook/Instagram merger last year. If a $1 billion business deal isn’t the […]

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The money hose

Filmmakers often talk about the Hollywood “money hose”: problems on big-budget films are simply “washed away” by throwing money at them, not always in a way you’d expect. On a major studio production, it can cost anywhere from £250,000 to £millions every day to keep the shoot running once you account for crew, equipment rental, […]

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