Spring is here, the sun is out and days are getting longer. There is something special about this time of year. Most cultures mark this time as the beginning of new things – we have Easter (Christian-influenced cultures), Nowruz (new year, Persian), Passover (Jewish), Holi (festival of colour, Hindu), Qingming (Tomb-sweeping, China), the spring equinox (usually March 20th when day and night are of equal length) and of course the new fiscal year (!). So rather than using Jan 1st as the time to make resolutions for the year ahead, I think spring is a much better time to begin afresh. The trick is to pick small changes that have outsized impacts on your life, and here would be mine: Continue reading “Spring Cleaning For the Mind, Body and Soul (4 min read)”
We spend a lot of our lives learning, but we never really learn how to learn. As it happens, I recently came across a book called “How We Learn” by Benedict Carey, which synthesises the latest thinking on just that. The book feels a bit padded out, so can be read quite quickly, but it has some great points, the main ones are: Continue reading “The 8 Essentials of Learning (2 mins)”
I recently came across a chap called Derek Sivers. He started a multi-million dollar business (CDBaby) and then gave it away. Now he writes, programmes and is a student of life. He’s massive reader, lives a simple life and regularly imparts his words of wisdom on his blog. He also makes lists of “do’s and don’ts”. I loved this one on how to be stop being rich. From Sivers: Continue reading “How To Stop Being Rich and Happy”
It’s that time of the year. I’ve collated my list for each category (plus podcasts). There’s been some great stuff out this year, and I’m sure I’ve missed much, so let me know what you liked!
I’m always on the look out for cool new apps and here’s nine of my latest discoveries
- Twizoo – there are loads of restaurant recommendation apps from curated ones like Time Out to user generated lists like Foursquare. This is completely different – at least visually. It generates bubbles of local restaurants/cafes. The size of the bubble shows how much Twitter traffic (or buzz) there is about the place and the colour represents how good the place is based on the content of the tweets. Green is good, yellow middling and red is bad.
Last week I provided my reading list for developing the right character for work that I give to new members of my team. This week, I’ll give my reading list for the knowledge base they need to have in the financial industry. Some of the books are easy to read cover to cover whichever industry you are in, others are worth dipping into and out of, while some are very technical. If I’ve missed any good books let me know: Continue reading “My Reading List For Success At Work (Part 2)”
I often get asked what the best books are to help one at work. As it turns out, I give reading lists to whoever works for me. One list is focused on developing good character and “soft skills” and is relevant for whichever line of work you are in. The other list is on more technical knowledge related to the finance industry. Below is the first list, I’ll post the second one next week: Continue reading “My Reading List For Success At Work (Part 1)”
Podcasts are the hidden gems of the digital world. While everyone is streaming music, Netflix and chillin’ and e-reading, podcasts provide an amazing array of free on-demand audio content. I regularly download or stream podcasts on my commute to work or listen for hours on flights around the world. I subscribe to around 80 podcasts ranging from the cerebral to the silly. Here are 9 with specific episodes to give you a taste: Continue reading “11 Podcasts To Enrich Your Life”
I love Tokyo. Its probably one of my most favourite cities in the world. Below is a list of great stuff to do beyond what you find in tourist guides:
- Kisuke (2-6-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo). The thought of beef tongue wouldn’t normally inspire me to eat, but after visiting this little place under Tokyo station, I’ve changed my mind. You can have the tongue grilled in different ways (say with salt or soy) and it’s not as chewy as you’d imagine. Great for a quick and different lunch.
I’m often in NY and make an effort to find interesting and different places to hang out in or experience. Below are 7 worth checking out:
- Sleep No More (The McKittrick Hotel, 530 West 27th Street, NY 10001). Mind-blowing theatrical experience. You take a lift to a 1920s speakeasy bar, where you can have a drink and later return to. You are called out in groups to enter the multi-floored venue wearing a mask. The feel is one of a haunted house and you suddenly see actors/dancers performing. The plot is loosely based on Macbeth. You follow different actors. Truly immersive and perhaps the most original play I’ve ever attended.