Woolly thinking

Woolly thinking

WDG. "Woolly Doable Goal". What a lovely phrase, courtesy of John Willshire at Smithery.  A great way, I think, to remind ourselves that getting going is easier than we think. Just set yourself a 'woollly doable goal'. I have a few of these phrases myself, from 'start before you are ready', which occasionally graces this website as a byline, to 'start anywhere' (from "Everything's an Offer").

I don't work

I don't work

Driving down the hill this afternoon, I bumped into my neighbour, Vicente. He is one of the few people (even round here) who lives mostly off the land. I mentioned I was heading down to the office to do a bit of work. 'I don't work' he said. This puzzled me. After all, I happen to know that this week he and his family have harvested (by hand) several tonnes of olives. 'I only do what I like' he said. 'I don't have any money, but then I don't work like you do'.

Opening Movement

Opening Movement

I had a revelation this morning. I realised that for years, I have been unconsciously regarding good posture as a fixed thing, as a standard, ideal, static thing to aspire to, as a particular position that I encourage my body to adopt. And as a result, I suspect I have got stuck, in all sorts of ways and that this no doubt contributes to the stiff back and all the other discomforts that I attribute to 'ageing'.

The power of the polymath

The power of the polymath

Sometimes I think there are too many TED talks out there nowadays - it becomes so hard to sort the wheat from the chaff. But I love this one. Of course, as a polymath myself I am biased, but I think Ella (who I know from the Do Lectures) makes a great case for why generalists are sorely needed (in a nutshell - cross fertilisation and holistic thinking). I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Pay more attention

Pay more attention

I had a lovely surprise on Monday morning. I found a new product. Of my own. One I had already made without realising it. There it was, lying hidden in an e mail from a client, who, it turned out, had already bought it, as had several others. She was now, albeit unconsciously, telling me what it was. She called it: “Conversations with a creative thinker”.