Do you get inspired with a new idea… only to drop it the next day? (3 ways to break that cycle)

  “It happens to me all the time”, she said. “I get really inspired about something, decide I’m definitely going to do that… and the next day or a week later completely lose interest and drop it.”  She shook her head “It’s like one moment the inspiration to do it is on full blast and […]

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Why “how can I get paid to do what I love?” is the wrong question (read this if you’re still looking for your one big “passion”)

  Out of the 80% of people that Deloitte’s Shift Index found don’t love their jobs, I’m willing to bet that over the last month: 10% have spent time drawing stick figures of people parachuting out a window graffiting “see ya suckers!” on the way down, 30% have been thinking about their next vacation and […]

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Why You Can Say F-You To Finding Your Passions

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THIS? “I’ve tried so hard to figure out my passions but I can’t find them. Maybe I don’t have any passions and this job is the best I can expect.” Desperate email from a blog reader. Not knowing your passions must suck. It must mean you’re an empty shell of […]

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Are Your ‘Good Ideas’ Getting In The Way of a ‘Good Life’?

So you have ideas. Multiple ideas in fact. Enough that you can’t do them all at once, so you don’t start on any of them. You’ve tried to work out how to decide for a while. But nothing is quite clicking. (What if you make the wrong choice? What if you get bored? How can you […]

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Why Gurus Are Bad For Your Health

So the other day someone called me a guru.   After I bundled them into the nearest dark alley, whacked them over the head with a baseball bat and sent them to sleep with the fishies*, I realized I might, just maybe, have a strong aversion to that word.   And I got to thinking […]

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Why letting people down might be the best life decision you ever make

Staying trapped out of fear of letting people down? Read this: “Just because he loves you doesn’t mean you have to love him back.” As a teenager discovering ‘boys’ for the first time, I received this advice one lunchtime from an Older Girl (you know, two whole grades up). She must have been very precocious […]

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Two common mistakes in coming up with a tagline (you’re not doing these… right?)

When you’re starting and running your own thing you’ll use words all the time: from writing your website, to explaining what you do to someone new, to asking for extra chocolate on your cappuccino as you free range in your favourite cafe… but there are 5-10 words that free rangers consistently find the most difficult […]

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Looking for an original idea? Read this.

It was early in my free range life when I met this man. It was at some event (I can’t quite remember what) and the sandy haired man in the blue shirt happened to be next to me, so I asked the usual “so what are you working on?” question, and smiled. He shook his […]

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Overwhelmed by the 1001 obstacles in your path? This might be why (meet the multiple barrier loop)

One of the secret super sleuth skills I’ve developed in my time doing this work is the ability to figure out how close someone is to getting unstuck by listening to their conversation style. You see it’s not always about the content of the questions asked: the way someone asks questions (and what they do […]

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What’s the stage BEFORE starting a full time business? (3 real life stories)

We’ve all been there. Looking at someone else’s creation and thinking “but how did they get there?”. When you’re looking from the outside without any of the resources that they have now, the distance to ‘there’ from ‘here’ can seem like the distance to another land (a land whose glossy blue photos you’re looking at […]

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