Tired?

ACCORDING TO THE Harvard Business Review, more people under the age of 45 (43%) say they’re ‘constantly exhausted at work’, instead of over the age of 45 (35%). Funnily enough… the least exhausted are those greater than 60 years old. So, it might be time that we stopped using age as an excuse for not…

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Well… actually…

SCENE: EXCLUSIVE INTERNATIONAL tropical hotel. I’m sitting by the pool, margarita in hand, sunglasses on – looking at share charts on my laptop. Mid 60s deck chair neighbour wearing retina-damaging speedos, a forest of body hair, sporting an over-tanned big brown belly leans over to me. “What’s that you’re looking at, love?” Me: “Share charts”…

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Final Thoughts

DR. JIM SIMONS. NAME RING a bell? I thought not. Flying under the radar of the media, he got a PhD in Mathematics and was recruited as a code breaker by the National Security Agency in the US. Then, he applied his advanced math skills to the stockmarket and became one of the world’s most…

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I Was Robbed!

IT WAS YEAR 11 for me. The school play auditions were on. I desperately wanted the role of the hippie drug addict. I’d arrived, dressed in flower power glory, absolutely sure I’d nail the role. I auditioned brilliantly… really, if you had have been there, you would have thought I was as high as a…

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What Do You Do?

WHEN MY LITTLE guy, Ryan, was in Prep – the parents were invited into the classroom. The teacher asked “What do your parents do?” Each child had to stand up and answer, in front of the whole class. (The goal was to show the parents that kids don’t care what occupation they have, that the…

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My Birthday

SIGNIFICANT BIRTHDAYS HAVE a way of making you look backward… and forward. I’ve just reached a milestone birthday. Five decades. I can’t help but reflect. If we’re to go on averages, the days ahead will be fewer than those I have already lived. With the days I’ve left behind, I feel content. Now, I find…

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Final Thoughts – May 2019

MY NIECE WAS THREE at the time. A trip to the historical mansion, Ripponlea, seemed like a great way to share this sparkling Spring day. Hand in hand, arms swinging, we ventured through the ornate metal entrance gate. A majestic peacock turned to face us, looked my niece directly in the eye, and I imperceptibly…

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Strengths vs Weaknesses

IS IT BETTER TO work on your weaknesses, or to focus on developing your strengths? When you’re working on your weaknesses, it is like staggering through half-set concrete. Dirty. Agonising. Demoralising. I’ve personally found that my weaknesses are so huge, gaping and embarrassing. For example, I’m so locationally dyslexic that sometimes I get lost after…

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What’s Your Trading Blind Spot?

WILLIAM JAMES’S LIFE sucked. As a child, he faced debilitating health issues – constant vomiting, blindness in one eye and hideous back spasms. His siblings were brilliant goody-two-shoes-show-offs, and all William could do is look at them with envy. William’s Dad, through his connections, managed to get him into Harvard Medical School. William HATED it.…

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