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Today’s pain, tomorrow’s nostalgia

Tom Stoppard wrote once “We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered.” Do you ever feel like life is too fast, that your life is full…

Working out of Starbucks on a Sunday

In a bid to stay out of the way while Mrs CS cleans the house I agreed to work from a Starbucks with my daughter Natty for Sunday morning. I forgot how much I enjoyed this vibe. I used to love working from a coffee shops but have not for ages. I forgot how I…

No Dumping

Have you ever seen a sign like the one above? They are usually near a playing field, or a disused parking space. It says ‘no Dumping’ that is a pretty good motto for writing in general and certainly this blog. Even if you do not identify yourself as a writer, you are! You write hundreds…

How to read more

If I get one question more than any other it is. how do you find the time to read so much. The advice I give is simple but I wanted to share how any of us can read more than we do right now. The barriers for not reading more than you read right now…

What’s the last thing you do on an important email?

The answer is: Add the email address !! If you are writing an important email. One you have spent more than 20 minutes writing and you have the time. Write the damn thing, save it as a draft, and, more than a few hours later, THEN put the email address in and hit send. There is…

Slow Horses and stormy weather

It’s a blustery Saturday morning in the sleepy seaside town of Shorehem-by-sea. Barely 5:30am and a pebbles throw away the beach plays it’s part in a stormy scene with large white waves and wild winds. The little home here sits firmly and obstinately still against a tempest of wind and rain. A warm mug of…

Specialist vs Generalist

Whether you are a specialist or you are you a generalist. Opinions are divided if there is a right path to go down. I think that you have to know the type pf person you are and if you are comfortable with the focus and depth that expertise demands. OR, If you want to be…

Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow

Life is hard. My mother used to say often, “Nathan, no one promised you a rose garden” Everyone of us experiences difficulties that are hard to overcome. It was Buddha that said “Pain is certain, suffering is optional.” No matter what we’re going through it is better when we take ownership and accountability for making positive…

DRTFM!

Read the manual Don’t operate this equipment Do not tamper Don’t open This is what most of our life has become, a series of infantile instructions saying you are an idiot, you can’t be trusted. Any manual that starts “how to read this manual” is a big red flag. The infantilism of our everyday lives…

Pride and Prejudice

I pick up the proverbial pen today with energy that can only come as a result of someone taking the time to give me some encouragement. Thanks to that person for your kind words. I begin this post after sitting at the dinner table and hearing about the work day of my grown up children.…

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