Archive for the ‘Players’ Category

Obvious to you. Amazing to others

You have new ideas and thoughts every day and you’ve probably had more than one that could make you some money. But… how many of them do you act on? Do your ideas seem too obvious to you? Do your talents seem like ‘nothing special’? Then take a lesson from Derek Sivers, musician, entrepreneur, and […]

What’s your big adventure?

Our Head Coach, Selina Barker, is about to set off on her own big adventure. She’s packing up her life, reducing all her possessions, and putting everything that remains into a campervan named Beryl. Then she sets off for a 6 month road trip around the UK and Europe, meeting people, having fun, and running […]

How to start a business – one play project at a time

By Selina Barker, Head Coach at Screw Work Let’s Play Ian was stuck. He knew he didn’t want to carry on in his job in an ad agency, but he had no idea what he wanted to do instead – or even what he could do. Ian was a classic case of a frustrated creative. Bright, […]

Who do you hate? (Or “How to get unstuck”)

Here at Screw Work Let’s Play HQ we’ve been busy getting ready for the Screw Work Let’s Play Programme which starts tomorrow. On the 8 week programme we deal a lot with the internal blocks that stop people getting the working lives they want. As a result, we’ve learned a lot about why people get […]

Join the 2011 Play Revolution

If your promises to yourself for this year include finding a way to get paid for something you love, I want to help you do it. Last year, Screw Work Let’s Play hit the bestseller lists, was raved about in The Times – twice – and this year, it’s being translated into Dutch, Italian and Korean. But we’ve […]

Meet your tribe of players, scanners & entrepreneurs

If you’re reading this blog, chances are you’re a creative person with a lot of ideas (otherwise known as a scanner). And your biggest challenges include choosing which idea to pursue, making it happen quickly, and turning your best ideas into something that might make you a living. If that’s the case, don’t try and […]

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 […]

The best 424 words on writing I’ve ever read

One of my favourite pieces of writing on writing that I have ever read is by Paul Graham. Paul is a fascinating entrepreneur. He designed the algorithm used by most anti-spam software around the world and he now runs Y Combinator, a seed funder for startups. He is also a superb essayist. In this short […]

The Times: Fed up with work? So play!

Earlier this month The Times did a 2 page spread on Screw Work, Let’s Play and myself (John Williams) as the author. How did they represent play? By photographing me sitting on a space hopper (sadly the space hopper is cut out on this online version). It’s actually rather a good introduction to the book so […]

“Cars are what I lived for” – John Haynes, creator of Haynes manuals

At 16 years old, while still at school, John Haynes realised that “Cars are what I lived for”. He bought an Austin Seven Saloon, dismantled it, and built a lightweight, open two-seater sports car. Then he had an idea – as he explains in this BBC News interview by Mark Miodownik from last year, “I thought to […]