Don’t be your enemy

The motivational pants of poverty

Brace yourself: a rant is coming... About motivational mindset pants.  I'm interviewing a rather splendid lady today for my podcast. Her name's Stefanie Arroyo, and she runs a group call Marketing, NOT Mindset.Somewhat amusingly, she changed the name of her group fairly recently to focus on marketing, not mindset... and a bunch of her members got [...]

A sh!tstorm in a teacup?

When you're drowning in 35,629 Things To Do and you're exhausted and you can't see an end to it, running away seems like a good plan. To a cave, on a mountain, with nobody else in sight.  I was talking to one of my book coaching clients the other day. She's fallen behind because her [...]

Narcissistic selfie monster gobbles sales

Turn a little to the left... dip your chin... lower your eyelashes... tilt your head slightly -- there! That's it! DUCKFACE!  Repeat ad naseum, all day and all night. This, ladles and jellyspoons, is the modern horror. The Narcissistic Selfie Monster. People so absorbed in taking pictures of themselves and posting them on social media, [...]

Newsflash: your brain hates you

Do you ever have those dreams where you're running through really thick air? Like treacle?  For me, it's usually when I have to save someone or run away from something. It's like running through custard. It's carrot-gratingly, epically frustrating, right? And that's just in your head while you sleep. How much more frustrating is it [...]

"Take that frown and turn it upside down!" Said with manic Stepford-Wives glassy smile and empty eyes.  Just another meaningless platitude from people who can't cope with the real world. Well, here's my antidote to that: keep your frown and use it to power yourself to success. In a world filled with fake positivity and [...]

Love doesn’t pay the bills, toots

I've just come up for air. From total immersion in a book. A real, honest-to-megatroyd, hardback book of short stories by Stephen King: The Bazaar of Bad Dreams.  The stories are mostly superb, but I'm totally buried in one particular story -- longer than most -- called Ur. It's about the Kindle, written when the [...]

No Goblin Kings here, amigos

Sometimes I think marketing is like walking round a corner in Labyrinth and finding David Bowie in an awkwardly steamy clinch with Hoggle.  You don't know where you're going, why you're going there, or even where the fuck you are. But when you get there, you're confronted with something frightening and disturbing. And as for [...]

One-night-stands won’t make you money

What drives you wild? For me, it's stroking the insides of my elbows and the backs of my knees...    It's not obvious. It's not the kind of thing a one-night-stand would know. Joe, though... he knows. We've been together for quite a few years now and he knows me very, very well. He knows [...]

Business flirts: don’t date me

If you're an All Or Nothing person, you need to read this. I'm that person. When you do crazy tricks 4m above the ground on a bar hanging from two ropes, you kinda have to be.   There's a move in trapeze called the millwheel. In essence, the trapeze bar becomes an axle or a [...]

Are you groping in the dark?

Picture this: it's 10pm, it's dark, and I'm up to my hands and knees in soil, groping in the dark with a headtorch. And trying not to knock over my beer. Actually, you don't have to picture it -- look at this: That's me, planting all my lovely new vegetables, by the light of my [...]

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