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What’s brilliant about VHS

Last night we watched some of our old VHS tapes. It was Christine’s idea. And it was wonderful! A few years ago, I attempted to persuade Mrs H to chuck out the old cassettes. After last night, I’m glad we didn’t. We watched ‘The Snowman’ (the David Bowie version). Then we watched a 1997 Disney […]

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One Of Us

I met Carl Holmes on Monday. He’s ‘one of us’. A person who’s like-minded. Easy to get on with. Enjoyable to be around. One of us. I’d asked him if he would be interested in doing some development work for me using a platform called Knack. We’d booked a discovery call to talk about the project. […]

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A couple of years ago, our faithful apple tree just gave up and stopped providing fruit. Just when it looked like game over, a further terrible thing happened. I took my eye off the ball, ivy attacked and promptly killed it. Not the whole tree – just half. By the time I’d removed the incriminating creeper, pruned back the dead twigs and removed most of […]

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Doing Their Best

My favourite pub, The Rat Inn, has chosen to close on Mondays. Not due to Covid. It’s because they can’t find enough staff to provide the service they are known for. They’ve tried letting patrons know and still some customers kick off. After a horrendous 18 months, the hospitality industry is being hit again with the challenge of not being able to find enough people. And […]

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Idea translator required

SEO doesn’t have a wife  The eagle made it  Tribe meal, tribe test, tribe grain  They are just three of the notes I found in my bedside notepad. I always sleep with a jotter that’s within grabbing distance… just in case. I have had some inspired ideas in the middle of the night and I […]

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Push or Pull

‘Once I found my real why, exercise was easy.’ Which is the strongest motivator? Gaining pleasure or avoiding pain? I have asked this question hundreds of times, usually followed by the concept that you’ll do more to avoid pain… in the short-term. A member of TEAM17 recently posted that she thought she wanted to exercise to drop […]

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Are You Ready For An Awesome August

Is August just a ‘pause month’? The lull before we ‘get back to it’ in September? Or can it be awesome? I remember running a sales team where they would complain and say, ‘Everyone’s away in August!’ I’d reply, ‘Everyone? Really? Let’s pick up the phone and see if I can find somebody’. Ha! They loved it when I did that. Not! Rather than waiting until […]

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17 Ways to Make Decisions

Some make products. Some make sales. Brilliant people make decisions. As if choosing wasn’t hard enough. Acting on choices is harder. I’ve studied highly successful people for 30 years. Being a decision-maker leaps out as one of the key characteristics of brilliant people. Here are 17 ways to make better decisions: 1) Gather data. Boring, but essential. 2) Don’t fear the consequence. Terrifying, but true. 3) Tune into […]

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It’s Too Hot. Really?

Really? Readers in the UK can’t fail to have noticed that we’ve experienced a mini heatwave. ‘It’s tooooo hot!’ Britains cry. But is it? How can it be? Hot, cold, wet, windy; it just is. Accepting is hard. Especially accepting what’s outside of your control, ie. the weather. But if you can… it’s liberating. My favourite comment from the week is this cracker: ‘It’s too hot. […]

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Why You Don’t Complain

Last week was my birthday. We celebrated by having a mains water leak, directly into our home. Not the perfect way to spend what should have been a fun-filled Friday. But it was interesting – to say the least. We had two very different plumbers. The first was, let’s say (and I’m being kind here) not the sharpest tool in the […]

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