Archive for the ‘How to be happy’ Category

Wrapping Up The Year

For those of us who are our own boss and work from home, it's easy to blur the line between work-time and down-time. This is particularly the case when our work feels more like play! About this time of year a few years back I had a realisation. I hadn't set a clear date to finish

Neil Mullarkey of the Comedy Store Players on dealing with fear

Every week for the last 25 years, Neil Mullarkey has taken the stage at the most famous comedy club in the UK, The Comedy Store, and started a 2 hour show with no script whatsoever. As you can imagine, he is no stranger to fear. He's also made brave choices with his career, constantly changing

Mythbusting: "I'll get lonely working for myself"

This is a guest post from Marianne Cantwell of Free Range Humans who is collaborating with me on some very exciting projects around Screw Work Let's Play to be revealed soon. Why working for yourself doesn’t mean working by yourself You’re a people person. You don’t want to be holed up at home everyday, with

Fear of failure? It's a myth!

At every step of your journey to getting paid to do what you love, you will be taking a risk - daring to do something new that is a stretch, that you haven't done before. You'll be striding up to an important contact, perhaps even someone famous, and asking them to help you, or to

Catch yourself feeling rich

One day in the course of writing Screw Work, Let's Play, I found myself sitting outside in the London sunshine at a Thai restaurant with a friend. As we sipped Lemongrass tea and discussed her imminent move to America to further her acting, the conversation turned to money and doing what you love. I said

How to be idle (and still be a success) - a video interview with Tom Hodgkinson

Your vision of the rich life might not be about huge amounts of money. It might be having lots of free time that's more important to you - just as Tom Hodgkinson discovered. Tom is editor of bi-annual magazine The Idler and author of several excellent books including How To Be Idle, How To Be

5 famous people who had their genius breakthrough while goofing off

Slogging away at your work for hours without a break can be often be counter productive. It's often in our down-time that our most inspired moments of genius occur. Stepping outside for a stroll, taking some time to play with your children, staring out the window, having a nap, or even bunking off for the

Here's the single biggest obstacle to your success and happiness

If you can't decide what you'd really like to do with your life, or you've haven't managed the level of success you know you're capable of, or there's something you want to do and you're holding back from doing it, there's one culprit behind it all. It's the number one enemy of your success, creativity, and your

Screw goals - here's something better

You want to make a great living out of work that's fun for you, but it seems a long way off. How do you get there? A lot of people would get you to set goals. Sigh. There’s a problem with this incessant goal-setting that so many gurus recommend. It places a focus on the future and

If it's not fun...

Here's a great quote I saw on the wall of London social enterprise startup LeapAnywhere who help "find the coolest and quirkiest charity events and volunteer activities in your city so it's easier for you to have more fun and do more good": The Basso quote is a good guide for anyone's business or career.