It's ok for people to not agree with you. However, if someone doesn't agree with you but then goes on to say exactly what every other sheep would say then that means you're talking to a fool. When talking to people who are brain-damaged in the same way, realise that they're thoughts have been hijacked.… Continue reading Brain-Damaged In The Same Way
In artificial exams there is only one way to succeed and one way to fail. You succeed by giving the pre-determined correct answer and you fail by not being able to give enough of these answers. If you fail, all you have to do in artificial exams is learn more of the correct answers and… Continue reading Failure Is Overrated
Isn't it odd that the government allows banks to lend out more money than the bank physically owns? When a bank considers lending money to someone, they look at that customers previous history and current circumstances. If the customer ticks all the right boxes then the bank can give that customer money which the bank… Continue reading Belief In The Future
It used to be that you could take shortcuts to get to the top. If you knew the right people, had some insider knowledge or someone was kind enough to tell you the secret steps to take, you could get ahead of everyone. But we now find ourselves in a world where anyone can connect… Continue reading Forget The Shortcuts
In normal life average effort, average ability, average strategy = average results. In business most people fail. This therefore means that doing what everyone else is doing, or listening to advice most people give will lead to failure.
I absolutely love this scene from Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares. Ramsay is visiting a failing restaurant with a super talented French chef. It's failing even though the chef is clearly capable of winning a Michelin Star. The reason? The talented young chef is over complicating his food. [Watch the scene which starts at 20.04] https://youtu.be/TrwC0mo43QM?t=1204 "You… Continue reading A Tale Of Two Whiskeys
The chef who goes to the market every day, does it as a matter of personal pride because he really cares. The baker who gets up at 5am to bake fresh bread, does it because he really cares about the classical way of baking bread. The doctor who works overtime does it because she really cares… Continue reading Caring Matters
If you are making a tough decision, one way to know that you are making the correct decision is if your options increase. For example if you are wondering whether you should go to University or not, it is probably worth considering whether you will have more options at the end of your course, or… Continue reading Optionality
In school or university, most people are average (by definition) and most people want to be like each other. Interestingly enough most people who go out and accomplish big things aren't necessarily below average, average or even above average when compared to other people in a traditional setting. The difference is that these people don't… Continue reading The Same Kind Of Average
It is said that when Archimedes jumped in to have a bath, he realised that the volume of water that was displaced was equal to the part of his body that he submerged. When he had this insight Archimedes jumped out of the bath screaming "Eureka! Eureka!". In my experience, this is the complete opposite… Continue reading Eureka!