If you could go back in time to when you were a teenager, what advice would you give the teenage you?

Someone posed this question to me “If you could go back in time to when you were a teenager, what advice would you give the teenage you?”

I answered like this:

  • Dream big, bigger, massive!
  • Believe in myself
  • Give up worthlessness, drop the low self-opinion, lose the low self-esteem, learn to love myself
  • Know my own abilities, and strive constantly for more
  • Invest in my own education, constantly
  • Learn, grow, be incredible….
  • Spend less time drunk
  • Exercise every day of my life
  • Don’t smoke
  • Don’t eat junk food
  • Read. Study. Learn from people I admire. Connect with influential people. Pick awesome role models
  • Start my own company(s) early in life
  • Set high standards, for my friends, my career, my goals and dreams, but mostly for myself
  • Save 10% of every penny I earn from day one and invest it in property and stocks
  • Work hard
  • Aim high
  • Don’t waste a day, they are ALL so precious
  • Love passionately and ceaselessly, believe in true love
  • Give generously
  • Travel extensively
  • Live with passion, energy, intrigue and desire
  • Invest in property as young as possible
  • Keep searching, keep questioning
  • Never, ever, ever give up


Understanding Our Individual Belief Systems

Blame the parents…

Each of us is raised to adulthood with a certain view of the world ‘programmed’ into us. I appreciate that for some people, their upbringing is different, less conventional, but please allow me to generalize, and assume that for the vast majority of us, our primary influences in young life are our parents. Our parents and other members of our immediate family, closest friends and neighbours, teachers and classmates, are the people who help us to form our view of the world, and for most people, our parents are by far the most influential players in this game.

This is rarely a conscious process. Continue reading

Teaching our kids how to play

This was an interesting discussion that came up on Facebook, I thought I would share it on here.

It started when I posted this picture which I had seen on someone else’s page:

Kids PlayingA friend of mine, Steve, posted his thoughts about this image –

Imagine what it was like being a kid growing up in Hull in the 1960’s We lived off fat, and sugar, and nobody was overweight. Obesity was an alien concept. We played outdoors, year round, regardless of the weather. Playing outside in the dark was fun, we had amazing adventures. We never caused any trouble, we just expanded a lot of energy Continue reading

Doing Nothing is a Backward Step

Doing Nothing is a Backward Step

A friend reminded me of this line of thought yesterday, so I thought I would blog about this today. My friend lamented that he had previously worked hard for 10 months to improve his physical conditioning, but then just 3 months of taking his eye off the ball and all his hard work was lost.

Let me give you an analogy that might resonate with some of you. This is a running story, and I wrote this for a business book I published back in 2009, but it is very relevant to diet and exercise and how we treat our health and our bodies in general.

If it feels good to run, keep on running.

If you are a runner, or have ever regularly run then you’ll understand this. Continue reading

Running Marathons and Goal Setting

Exmoor Trail Marathon

Exmoor Trail Marathon

This picture is from April 2011, I was running in the Exmoor trail marathon (a CTS event run by EnduranceLife – excellent events, I can thoroughly recommend them) and I finished 1st in ‘Male Veterans’ and 9th overall, with a finish time of 4 hours 40 minutes and 59 seconds. The course was approximately 27.1 miles and included well over 5000 feet of ascent, including one very big, long, steep climb just 5 miles from the end, which is torture on tired legs.

This time of year, with New Year just around the corner, I always spend time thinking about goals and challenges. Continue reading

Putting Racism in Context

The more I learn about anthropology, the more I am astounded by racism. When I say racism, I mean colour prejudice. I realise there are many forms of racism, some are merely overzealous forms of national pride and competitiveness, others more hateful and harmful. But colour prejudice really confounds and infuriates me, and the more I learn about human evolution on Earth, the more it gets my back up. Let me break this down, so you understand what I am talking about.

Life on Earth

First up, me need to start with a quick potted history of life on Earth.

Planet Earth is roughly 4.6 billion years old (that’s 4,600 million years old).

The first 4 billion years were all gas and fire and water and at most, bacterial life and a few very basic plants. What we think of as life, animals and fish and birds, began about 500 million years ago. Continue reading

Kids of just 10 years old are shaping the Mobile Communications Industry of Tomorrow.

If you want to know how the mobile industry is going to look in a decade’s time, you need to spend some time with 8-, 9- and 10-year old kids today.

Thankfully, amid the changes in society in the digital age, at 8 and 9 years old, ‘most’ kids still have not yet got their first mobile phone. Many do have a mobile, but as far as I can tell, it’s a minority. From anecdotal evidence, it seems to me that currently, here in the UK, most kids are getting their first mobile phone at around 10 or 11 years of age.

However, just because these young kids don’t have a mobile phone, this is not stopping them from making calls and sending text messages to each other. Continue reading