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Month: May 2015

Go outside and get the stink blown off of ya

I’m the type of person that needs to get out of the house. I get cabin fever very easily. My grandmother used to say to us when we were kids, “Go outside and get the stink blown off ya.” That was when we would sit in front of the television for hours, playing Dr. Mario. The same feeling applies to me now. Especially on weekends. Staying cooped up gives me…

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How to book an Airbnb: A dead simple guide

**If you’re looking to book an airbnb for the first time, use this link to get £20 off your first trip I get a lot of questions from friends and colleagues about how to book an Airbnb. So here’s a quick and dirty guide. First and foremost, don’t assume whatever property you like will be available and will have good hosts. Don’t rush into the transaction. Take your time to curate…

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What I learned dating a pick up artist 

A year or so after I first moved to London I went on a few dates with a pick up artist. And I’m not using the term pick up artist loosely. This guy legitimately classified himself as a pick up artist. It was his part-time job – evening and weekend type of thing. I met him originally when I interned at M&S. He was an economist-finance guy of some sort.…

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Here’s what David Karp the CEO of Tumblr said at dinner tonight

And I have to say, the event did not disappoint. This was one of those corporate events you get invited to by the sales team as a way to get you to spend more money. But to be fair, usually they view it as an opportunity to add value to you, which in turn adds value to them. Win win. The evening consisted of me sitting around a large banquet style…

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Bad customer service makes my blood boil

I ebb and flow through a lot of passions in life, but one that I always come back to is customer service. Bad customer service abhors me. Especially when if comes from places where you expect it the least, like restaurants, hotels, and airplanes. You know, places that exist solely to provide a service. Last year I got so worked up over a horrible experience on two consecutive Air Canada…

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The secret to living is giving

  I recently finished Tony Robbins’ book Money: Master the Game. Yes it’s true, his book titles read like cheesy infomercials. But the content of the book was worthwhile, all 600 pages of it. I recommend you buy it on kindle rather than paper format, unless you wish to carry a brick around with you for 2 months (which is basically the length of time it took me to read…

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How many times a day do you check your phone?

My friend Fiona recommended this app to me called Checky. You leave the app running in the background, and it calculates a how many times a day you check your phone. Brilliant, right? And just what all of us need – something to keep our habitual phone checking behaviour in tact. The ultimate commitment device that tells you exactly how hooked to your mobile device you are. Mark and I…

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Ask better questions

Two days ago I asked the question, “How do you find what obsesses you?” That question in and of itself is not going to elicit the response I’m looking for, and here’s why. It’s not a great question to ask. It’s myopic, it’s leading, it’s begging for a direct response. It’s assuming the answer is an easy one. The answers I’m looking for are not easy ones. They will only…

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I didn’t even have to use my A.K…I gotta say it was a good day

The last two Fridays were out of the ordinary, in the sense that I went into the office. Special circumstances required it. So no qualms here. But working five days in a row does provide a certain shock to the system. Personally, I feel as though that extra day off affords me a healthy degree of separation. Otherwise, I think I get too engrossed in work, and I lose perspective…

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How do you find what obsesses you?

Justine Musk, the ex-wife of Tesla and Space X founder and billionaire Elon Musk, recently responded to a question on Quora. The question was: How can I be as great as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Richard Branson? Her response was simple. Crazy successful people are just that, crazy. But more than crazy, they are obsessed. In fact, she used the word “obsessed” three times consecutively. Woah. I…

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