As a design student, I learnt that design was all about solving problems. The problem might be frivolous (I want better packaging to sell more fish fingers) or serious (I want to convince more people to get tested for cancer), but there’s always a problem. And whilst creativity is key to finding great solutions, solving […]
Category Archives: Work
The fear behind the phrase ‘just enough’
Have you ever stopped to think about the phrase ‘just enough’? We use it all the time – “I’ve got just enough to make this recipe” “He’s done just enough to pass the exam” “They have just enough money to get by” Whenever we use it, we’re implying a negative situation – sure, you have enough, […]
The radical act of aiming lower
“I’ve got a meeting with a new client on Tuesday.” I was talking to someone I trust about an impending business opportunity. “I’m reading about the project tomorrow to see if it sounds interesting,” I continued. “I’m already over capacity. But I’ve been thinking and I don’t want to grow the business.” A confused look […]
It’s ok to be ‘money-driven’
“She’s chasing the money” “He’s completely money-driven” “They’re only in it for the cash” As a society, we’re great at judging people for wanting to make money. We talk about it in terms of displaying a lack of values. We insult them, directly or implicitly. These people are superficial. Shallow. Greedy. We think of money-driven […]
Why ‘starting with growth’ is dangerous
Grow your business Grow the economy Grow your team We hear phrases like this all the time. But none of them focuses on making a positive difference. All they focus on is doing more of something. More of anything. When we start our goals with ‘growth’, we deprioritise purpose. What if we replace the word […]
The ‘Enough Mindset’: What is it?
An ‘Enough Mindset’ is about understanding what ‘enough’ of something is for us, so we can know when we’ve reached our goals, concentrate on contentment, and put a stop to our endless quest for ‘something more’. An Enough Mindset can be applied in all areas of life: Do I need to up my salary, or […]
I just realised I’m a workaholic. Now what?
When you believe in the work you do, it’s like a drug. Addictive. Doing work I believe in gives me a sense of purpose that I’m lacking elsewhere. It provides positive feedback, and makes me feel needed. And yet, somehow, no achievement is ever enough. I’m addicted to wanting more. Why? “Addiction begins with the […]