New High Rate

As the world of work evolves, more and more of us are freelancing. Pricing yourself is always tricky. Something I have done this year which I believe has been rewarding in every sense is having a “new high rate”. So whatever I was paid last time for an hour, day / project now becomes my new high rate. I won’t charge myself out for less. This ensures I don’t undervalue myself as I establish what the market can tolerate.

The Greatest Gift

It struck me on the train yesterday, watching everyone on their phones, that the greatest gift one can give in this busy world is our attention.

Worry.

“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? So if you cannot do such a small thing, why do you worry about the rest?”  Seneca

Keeping A Record

How are you recording your days, weeks, months, holidays, books etc?

This year I have started using a very, very simple template on Microsoft Word. Here it is:

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Loss

This weekend past I lost a friend. He was a man I only had the privilege of knowing for a short period of time, but the feeling of loss is real. Impossible to quantify - I keep replaying the last comment I made to him and his smile (he was always smiling).

Don’t forget to let people know how much you care for them. Aim to be able to stand by those passing comments as if they were your last.

Go well Alex, it was an honour.

The One Non Negotiable

This morning I watched to a YouTube clip sent to me by a dear friend. It features one for the great thinkers of our day Mr Naval Ravikant. I was struck by many things in the video, but above all that integrity is king. Without it we have nothing.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vy3jE0NE0NI

David and Goliath

David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell:

“The act of facing overwhelming odd produces great strength and beauty. What seems to offer strength is often the very weakness”

Online Engagement

You may be running your own personal brand or a multinational. When it comes to content online, I am now of the belief you should be looking for marriage, not engagement.

Gratitude

I’m sitting at Barcelona International Airport overcome with gratitude. They say our parents ambition is for us as children to be better off than they were. I don’t think I ever felt that fully until now. I have been able to see the world in a way my folks never could, and I’m deeply gratiful.

Travel

It’s never been easier to see the world. We sit at our desks and day dream about our next trip. I have the profound good fortune to be penning this from Barcelona. My first time to the city, and I have been blown away by the kindness of the people, the traditional architecture and the jaw droopingly good food. My overwhelming though is: travel more, look up more, capture it and document it where possible.

The Storm

You have bene there. And you will find yourself there again.

The world seems to be caving in. And it’s all too much.

Truth is - when you step back - much like a lightning storm - it will pass.

Happiness

I was told this morning that our happiness is directly relative to those around us.

I think it’s true - but don’t let it be.

Don't Spoil The Relationship

When you start out, they say “do it for less, build the relationship and you will be rewarded down the line“. I have seen this to be true in business. However, in actual fact, there is no guarantee we will be here tomorrow, next week or the week after, so is it actually wise? Should we always play the long game?

More Of What You Are

It struck me this morning chatting to a friend that almost everything in life should be more of what it is. He has been going on dates and dressing up. This isn’t a true reflection of who he is. If he wants to find a suitable partner, he is best to dress as he feels comfortable. Not as he feels he should. This should then deter hose who are are only into him for who he actually is.

This is also true for companies. They are at their best when they are more of who/what they are. Standing out for their differences rather than trying to be everything to everyone.

“different is better than better”

Dogs

I was walking a wonderful canine called Benji this morning. I noted that he went from frustrated and alittle low when I picked him up from the flat. To wildly extatic when I took that lead off in the park. Were we not all meant to be outside, in nature, running free? And people wonder what they are unhappy indoors. There must be a correlation.