Archive for the ‘How to be happy’ Category

How to be a scanner and still be a success

Recently I received an email from someone who had just read my book and had been hit by the realisation that they are a 'scanner'. This is a transformational moment for a lot of scanners - to finally have a label for themselves. If you are a scanner you might remember the moment yourself. If

How to quit your job

So you want to quit your job. Firstly, I salute you! I had some great jobs before I gave up on them all together but no matter how interesting, varied, or well-paid they were, nothing compares to the total freedom I experience now. I can do what I want, where I want, when I want

How to create more time

We had a fantastic time on the 30 Day Challenge last month with our 200 participants.  One of the most surprising discoveries is just how much people can get done in a short period of time when you really focus. On the challenge we teach how to make real progress on what matters to you in

Welcome to 2013! Let's take the year off

It's the first day of a new year – a time when many of us think about what lies ahead and what we'd like to get from the coming 12 months. I remember one year I had a go at one of those elaborate exercises to review the previous year, set lots of goals for

How to get clear on what you really want to do with your life – and start doing it right now

So you want to do what you love and get paid for it. But what if you don’t know what you love? You can end up stuck for months – even years – not knowing what direction to go, and unable to take even the first step. And that means you stay stuck in your current work –

"I can't do what I love because..."

Do your particular circumstances make it seem impossible to do what you love? Do you find yourself (if you're being really honest) feeling a bit jealous of those that have made it - that seem to have been luckier or have had it a bit easier? Other people might come from more fortunate backgrounds, be

Complete this sentence: "Before I die I want to..."

Candy Chang is an artist living in New Orleans and creates beautiful, simple projects that bring together strangers in her local community in surprisingly profound ways. In one, she painted a huge chalkboard on a wall with space for people to complete the sentence "Before I die I want to..." and left it for anyone

Growing fast and slow

Bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world and can reach 30 metres in height. And despite being a member of the grass family, it's strong stuff - it's still used for scaffolding in Hong Kong. I have some bamboo in my mini tropical garden in London and when it was first planted I

What's your story?

I grew up in the 1970s, a time when air travel was still a luxury for most people, and 'the jet-set' was still a meaningful demographic group. Because air travel was still something of a novelty, people were fascinated by it, and in particular by the occasional dramatic accidents that happened. Hollywood fed this gory

That tricky thing, momentum

Happy New Year and welcome to 2012! This is the time when we're tempted to define all sorts of wonderful wishes, hopes and dreams for the year. The tricky bit of course is maintaining momentum on that stuff that we want - once life gets busy or the going gets tough. Psychologies magazine to the