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A fly

Posted by simon on 2014/10/16
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I’ve been a bit quiet of late on this blog – for reasons that I’ll go into at a later date – but I wanted to just share a little incident that happened today.

I work from home now, which means that I have my own little office upstairs. It appears to be a room that the flies like a lot. By flies, I mean houseflies. Your standard, everyday flies. Musca domestica. Not mosquitoes, anything that bites, or anything like that. Just flies. Read more

It’s always interesting to have new projects to work on. Currently I’m looking at one big one: it feels like sitting at base camp, looking into the cloudy sky at the snowy summit of Everest.

It’s a challenge. But one I’m ready for. Oh am I ever ready for this one.

You can treat life the same way. It’s either a grind, one problem after another, or it’s a series of challenges.

Treat it like a game and learn to enjoy it.

Every challenge you conquer – you’ve levelled up. You’ve gained experience points. You’re on the way to the title of Grand Exalted Master and High Pooh-Bar of Everything.

And when you’ve conquered Everest?

Sure, there might not be another challenge on the horizon as exciting, as glamorous, as rock ‘n’ roll right round the corner… but there’s something interesting waiting for you. And that climb? Tell the right people and doors will open.

That’s how to live.

(PS: I’m not really climbing Everest. That’s a simile. Or a metaphor. Or a cliche. Take your pick.)

Knowing yourself…

Posted by simon on 2013/06/18
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Knowing how your mind works is key to motivating yourself.

For example, I need clear deadlines and new challenges, so I work as a temporary worker. It keeps me motivated – I don’t feel trapped going to the same job day after day, and because of this I feel the need to deliver, and enjoy working on the projects that I have to do.

Ironically these days I’m probably not working on things that are as complex as I used to a few years ago, but I’m enjoying them more because there are deadlines, and probably because there is more pressure rather than less.

Some people don’t need or want that – they want a quiet life, they want job security.

This, of course, is not only fine, it’s good. Find what makes your working life work for you, what gives you job satisfaction, and follow that. It’s the only way to get through your working life.