Nothing with everything for Christmas

Nothing with everything for Christmas

'Christmas is the season for giving’! I only realised that this year. In the past, it was the most wonderful time of the year because of the presents I would be receiving. More recently, I have discovered that Christmas is great because of giving, not just receiving. I think most people will acknowledge that concept, even if they've never thought of it like that before. You only need to look at the parents of young children to see firsthand how happy they feel by giving. The vast majority of parents by nature, give to their children unconditionally for years and years. They give of their time, energy and resources, only to receive emotionally. I’m not saying that’s why they do it, but rather, that’s what happens.

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Essential Decision-Making for Leaders

Essential Decision-Making for Leaders

"We think, each of us, that we're much more rational than we are. And we think that we make our decisions because we have good reasons to make them, even when it's the other way around. We believe in the reasons, because we've already made the decision."

- Daniel Kahneman

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The 10 Steps of Compelling Goal-Setting

The 10 Steps of Compelling Goal-Setting

1. Write down your vision at the top. (e.g. Change jobs, lose weight, run a marathon etc.)
2. Then, break the process down into small steps starting with what you need to do in 6
months, then 3 months, 1 month and finally 1 week.
3. Be very clear about the steps to achieve this and seek advice from professionals if needed.
4. See the examples above for more information and tips.

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5 Movies with awesome lessons about following dreams

5 Movies with awesome lessons about following dreams

Brad Pitt’s character, Tyler Durden, holds a gun to the head of a convenience store assistant while asking “WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE?”. Pitt’s character is obviously using a violent threat, but in an unusually encouraging way. He wants the assistant to follow his dreams so much so that he threatens to kill him for not following through. When the assistant eventually answers that he’d like to “veterinarian”, but that there’s “too much schooling”, Pitt’s character gives him an ultimatum to follow his dreams. Not the typical example of encouragement.

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Learn the rules. Find a job.

Learn the rules. Find a job.

This week I decided to make a video with some tips for people who are looking to enter the workforce for the first time. Having said that, I hope that the tips are useful for anyone looking for a job at the moment. This is, by no means, an exhaustive list of suggestions. I hope to do a follow-on video from this as soon as possible with some more tips. 

By the way, I know I am very serious in this video but I promise I'm not that serious in person :-D

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What if problems were really opportunities?

I thought this was an interesting concept to ponder. When we think about it, so much of our time at work can involve trying to solve problems and so much of our personal lives can involve dealing with problems. So what if we considered them helpful rather than unhelpful? What would that mean? Would it really make sense or would it just be classed as mere positive psychology? If you’re open to the idea that problems are not just problematic - that there may be some other possibilities, take a look at this post.

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Video Interview - Daithí McCabe

Video Interview - Daithí McCabe

This is an interview with Daithi McCabe, an Athlete Development Coach with the National Athlete Development Academy (NADA). I first met him when I was working with the company as the Operations Manager. He speaks about going to college, getting started in the sports coaching industry and his first jobs. I choose Daithí for this interview because I believe that he had particularly challenging path to his current job, although it may not seem like that by the way he describes it! 

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Time management for busy people

Time management for busy people

So you need to get things done, but nobody is standing over you making sure that you get them done. What will you do? Will you procrastinate until the last moment and then panic while convincing yourself that you’ll never let this happen again? Or will you learn some time management strategies so that you can really learn to deal with getting tasks done more effectively from now on? Here are some tips...

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Do you really want to be rich?

Do you really want to be rich?

Someone might say that they want to be rich or to be a millionaire and I’d like to challenge that in this post. Maybe they have already started and they are on their way. But when someone says it and they seem to do nothing about it, I wonder whether they want it so much. Are they working at a job where that’s possible? Or are they developing the skills and the abilities to make that a possibility in the future? If so, great! If not, why not? Maybe we don’t really want it so much…

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Experience versus Qualifications - Solutions to the Catch 22

Experience versus Qualifications - Solutions to the Catch 22

What happens when you come out of college or a training course and you can’t find a job? You hear things like “Sorry, we’re looking for someone with more experience” or “Sorry, you don’t have the qualifications that we’re looking for”. I think that most young people have heard this at some stage before. I’ve been in that position myself and it’s definitely not something that you want to hear after you’ve spent 4 years or more completing a third level qualification.

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