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Life is too short

You will not be here forever

May 23, 2011 | Advice, Travel | 30 Comments

Life’s too short.

It’s a phrase I hear from those around me all the time.

Life’s too short to spend in meetings.

It’s too short to drink bad coffee.

Too short to stand in line, too short to spend in traffic, too short to fold your underwear.

Yeah, it is too short for that stuff. But it’s also way too short for a whole bunch of things that actually matter.

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White flag

When did you give up the fight?

May 7, 2011 | Advice | 17 Comments

You live in incredible times. So why aren’t you making the most of it?

50 years ago Russia had just sent the first person into space. Today if you’ve got enough money, you can book a joyride to do the same thing yourself.

25 years ago the world wide web didn’t exist. Today you can find out anything you like in seconds while standing on a street corner most anywhere in the world.

Even a decade ago the first iPod hadn’t yet been released, the human genome was yet to be sequenced and Nickelback could have a number one single despite having no musical ability whatsoever. Well, perhaps not everything has changed…

Life expectancy is way up. Poverty levels are in decline. Cheap flights let you see the world and cheap technology keeps you in touch with it. Food is more plentiful. The gender gap is much smaller. In fact, other than those hairy Canadian rockers, in the last half-century your conditions in life have improved dramatically by almost any measure.

Anything is possible.

So why doesn’t it feel that way?

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Waiting

So what the hell are you waiting for?

October 26, 2010 | Advice, Article, Travel | 59 Comments

I wish.

Two of my least favourite words in the English language.

I wish I had more money.

I wish I could lose weight.

I wish I had a better job … or house … or car … or partner … or life.

I wish I could travel the world.

Guess what? Fairy godmothers and magic wands don’t exist. Wishing only works in children’s books. Back here on planet Earth, it’s not going to get you one step closer to achieving your goals. Sorry to burst your bubble. If you want something to change – if you really, truly, honestly want it – stop wishing. Start making it happen.

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