Want what you have

In September 2004, I was on a street corner in the Central Business District (CBD) in Melbourne, on the way home and I remember thinking the following (and then writing it down in my journal): I want to want no more. Flash forward 12 years and last year, by listening …

Weakness into strength

When Arnold Schwarznegger came to America, people laughed at him. Here’s this yodelling European yokel who wants to be a Hollywood superstar. People laughed at him – ‘Who the hell’s going to cast this heaving hulk from an Austrian village, who not only barely speaks English, but sounds exactly like a …

THESE ARE the days

Do you look back on a time in your life and half think, ‘That was sweet…’ and half think, ‘If only I’d appreciated it…‘? Well, chances are you’re in one of those times right now. Living right now in a time you’ll look back on and think, ‘Those were the days…’, The …

1 less thing

Diogenes was the guy who started the philosophical movement of Cynicism in ancient Greece. Emily Watson, in Seneca – A Life says that he lived like a dog – actually literally like a dog (cynicism means “dog-like”). He had no possessions, lived in a barrel and went number 1s and 2s in the street. …

Do this. Don’t do that.

In this Illy song, Heard it All, he says, ‘Some claim, “Kick back, give it time”, others are like, “Hustle hard or it’ll slip by”.’ And that’s exactly it. People know how to do things like build subatomic proton particle accelerators, make bridges that don’t collapse, design exotic perfume fragrances that …

A tourist in your own town

A lot of things we don’t realize are completely in our control (much like a lot of what we get worked up over is totally out of our control.) And the excitement and curiosity of feeling like a tourist is another of those things. Unless you’re in your home, you …

What’s a particle accelerator?

Fucked if I know. But I’d love to. I just want to know the basics about it. And I’d love love love to know everything about it. That’s not going to happen though, but I can definitely do the former. I’m doing this thing at the moment where I learn …

The two worst words in the English language

The words ‘I’m’ and ‘bored’, when put together in that exact order, make up my most hated expression in the English language. (Sidenote: This is what it translates to, in case you’re wondering.) Any library has thousands of books (e.g. my local one has 88,000), each with thousands of words, about thousands of …

Me vs. Seth Godin

Seth Godin writes these pint-sized and punchy posts every day on his blog. Each post is a meaningful and useful new perspective on something we do or how we see things, in life or in an area of business or technology. He’s an authority on marketing, business and making an impact. …