June 3, 2017
Though somewhat of a cliché, I think it's worth remembering that in any scenario, based on our skills and experience we have gained up till that point, we can only ever do our best.
As my internship approached last week, I found myself growing nervous about jumping into...
May 27, 2017
I thought I might take a break from the reflective/philosophical writing this week and give you a quick update on what's actually going on for me.
The most exciting piece of news is that on Wednesday I started an 8 week internship at a non-profit organisation called...
May 20, 2017
As I look at my life, I can point to many occasions where I might have gone back on decisions too early.
I recently came across something called the Dunning-Kruger effect. Put crudely, it is a sort of "the more you know, the more you realise you don't know" theory....
May 12, 2017
"No regrets man." Simple as it might be, this is one of the best pieces of advice given to me recently.
I'll admit it; despite writing a 5-part blog series about why I want to change career, I've been having doubts.
Did I only quit lessons with my drum teacher back in 20...
May 6, 2017
This phrase by Alain de Botton got me thinking:
"In theory, we believe that the primary school teacher is making a more valuable contribution to society than the Victoria's Secret girlfriend of a premier league football player. But our society in general gives much more...
April 29, 2017
How do we balance ambition and appreciation?
Is our drive to make changes in our lives purely down to a lack of gratitude?
Is it the case that the grass is always greener on the other side?
I think perhaps not. I think it is probably human nature to strive for more,...
April 15, 2017
It can be very easy to say how lucky we are to live in a developed country, but it's worth really taking some time to reflect; to take in and appreciate the scale of our fortune.
I earn, in comparison to many of my peers of a similar age, a pretty modest wage. Last...
April 7, 2017
In a (perhaps welcome) break from my altrustic chat, this week I've posted a blog on my drummer website, sharing what I've learnt as a drum teacher.
There's nothing particularly drum specific in there, so hopefully will still be of interest to you non-tub-thumpers out t...
March 26, 2017
Okay, I've been putting off writing something like this at the risk of sounding a bit holier-than-thou.
But I've also realised that I need to start being less coy about what is driving me in terms of where I wish to focus my career efforts.
Both because it will help frie...
March 25, 2017
Last night I watched David Brent: Life on The Road, for a bit of light distraction and a wind-down.
I ended up weeping uncontrollably. Over and over again, several times.
What is, on the surface, a comedy movie about a deluded, socially-unaware twit painfully failing to...
Someone I spoke to yesterday used the phrase "being a slave to his own self-importance." It encapsulated something I've been thinking about this week.
Breaking the shackles of self-importance
July 2, 2017
Is it the case that the...
Ambition and Gratitude. Can we have both?