March 17, 2017
I feel I need to revise an idea from a previous article "Maybe you're not procrastinating."
In this post, I made the point that it is likely that we will have many more ideas than we are likely to be able to work on at any one time. Our minds may well be way ahead of ou...
March 9, 2017
What do you reckon.....?
In all seriousness, sorry for the slight anti-climax, but the honest answer is that after all that, I'm not really sure what I'm going to do next yet.
As was touched on in the previous blog, my generic (and extremely fluffy) idea is...
March 4, 2017
Another key factor has been a fairly substantial shift in how I view my working life.
People tell me I'm being cynical when I say this next bit, but here goes anyway.
My motivation and philosophy for wanting to be a professional drummer was quite simple:
"I like playing d...
March 1, 2017
"I'm telling you Adam, if you give up drumming, that is your life over."
This was the advice given to me by a pro drummer when I was considering a career change a few years ago. Whilst his intentions were well-meaning, his words betrayed a pretty non-sensical belief tha...
February 24, 2017
As I have mentioned, there was a critical point that began this process, which was the moment I realised I was making a steady and reliable income.
This moment was largely the result of acquiring a post as a peripatetic drum teacher at a special needs school.
All of a s...
February 16, 2017
I think perhaps the first thing worth pointing out is that this decision is coming from a happy, and an ambitious place, not a sad and defeated one.
I am (as I have allowed others to help me start believing) doing rather well.
After an initial struggle on returning to la...
February 9, 2017
As people around me know, I am working on a career change. Specifically, I don't want to be a freelance drummer anymore, nor am I adverse to the idea of a job that is entirely unrelated to music.
I've decided it would be a good idea to share the thinking that...
February 2, 2017
There's all sorts of motivational messages out there that encourage us to start living our dreams now. To get on with it and stop putting things off.
And at certain points, this may well be the right advice. But I think we also need to know the limits of how much we can...
January 23, 2017
“I can't give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time.”
Herbert Bayard Swope
Some people seem to be in-built with a strong not-giving-a-shit muscle. But I think many of us have to work on it....
January 19, 2017
I am not a religious man. But something I think that we can take from Christianity is the notion that we are all sinners.
We like to look at people in terms of absolutes. Mary is generous and Kate is greedy. Simon is honest and Peter is untrustworthy....
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
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...
Ambition and Gratitude. Can we have both?
April 29, 2017
I think if we are to undertake any sort of creative activity, it is vital to be accepting, and ideally, embracing, of our current level of proficiency...
You are where you are: Some thoughts on creativity
July 11, 2020
The lost metric of success
June 18, 2017
Can we make London friendlier?
June 11, 2017
Everybody was a baby once
June 3, 2017
Career Change: A Progress Update
May 27, 2017
My Career Change Doubts (and why I'm not acting on them) Part 2
May 20, 2017
My Career Change Doubts (and why I'm not acting on them) Part 1
May 12, 2017
Do we value money more than we let on?
May 6, 2017
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