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By doing less, you might accomplish more.

September 23, 2009

166988202_c0e3e515b7_mI’m always drawn to understanding the full picture of things. I want truth even if my poor brain can’t at first handle the truth.

So to my pleasant surprise some new research from Stanford Universtity has shed some light on an a hunch I’ve had for a while.

When people say that women were better multi-taskers than men it always ticked me off. From my observation, I would agree that women would be required to multi task more often than men (a product of gender strain and a by-product of the feminist moment if you ask me), but they more often than not struggled with effectiveness. So they could juggle more balls it seemed, but juggling many things at once doesn’t mean your a great juggler; it means you have heaps of things to potentially juggle. My opinion has been “how is it possible to do 6 things at once to the standard that someone can do 1 or two things to?” I don’t think you can and it seems that this hunch might be right. Check out the research findings here. However, regardless of the truth about whether woman can actually  multi-tasking better than men, it appears mutli-tasking is not the asset it has been made out to be – in fact it apears to be the opposite.

Side Note: Women  have to take on much more than men in our society (more often than not). I think society requires women to multi-task by how we define what the ideal life is for a woman. I also think the mentality of  “Career, Motherhood, Relationship – I can have it all” has also had a huge bearing on the extend of what many women choose to juggle. Seems that this is not the path to greater wellbeing and happiness that many people thinks it is.

Making things happen

August 26, 2009

Its time for my monthly post (which is the greatest frequency I can muster right now it seems).Inspire_wallpaper_by_firetongue8

The thoughts I have been recently pondering have centred around accomplishment. I’m aware that many of us have secrete desires and dreams for our lives that we protect in the fear that if we reveal them someone, or even the breath of reality,  might snuff them out.

The issue here is that, in the words of the Shawshank Redemption poster that hangs in my room, Fear will hold you prisoner. Fear stops us from moving forward not just on our big dreams but also on many of the smaller ambitions we have for our lives.

I’m one that looks to what lies ahead for inspiration, but I too feel the pressure that potential failure and the effort of change has on making things happen in your life. This pressure can make me focus on circumstance, timing, and provision of opportunity and curbs my belief in what I can actually influence.

This being said, I have come to  realise that the source of the inspiration has a bigger role than anything else. If you don’t have something much bigger, and with more dimension, than yourself to inspire you, then the extent of the dreams are limited to only the size of your imagination.

So I put it to you, if you are wanting to make great things happen in your life, what is the source of inspiration for your dreams (is it big enough) and what truth do you need to tell yourself in order to push through the fear and the effort barrier?

Two things worth reading this week

July 21, 2009

I think that its not overstating it to say I have been mentored by Seth Godin for the last 7 or so years of my life though his books, the odd presentation and podcast, and his blog. I could argue that he has been one of the greatest influences on my thinking along with my father and Erwin McManus.

So it should come to no surprise then that I recommend two recent posts by Seth from his blog. These posts shed two insights, his entire writings (much of which is accessible on his blog for free) offer many more, maybe even hundreds more. Worth checking him out.

Please read and enjoy –

Beheading Horses – changing someone’s circumstances to change they way they act.
Winning on the uphills – Interesting business lesson learned on a bicycle: it’s very difficult to improve your performance on the downhills.

Also quote of the month:

If pain is weakness leaving the body, then knowledge is ignorance leaving the brain.

1 Person:Infinite Change

July 19, 2009

Earlier in the year a friend took a leave of absence from work to go help an orphanage in Ethiopia. This got us thinking about what we could do to help relieve (or even end) aspects of poverty. We started to work on a few things but soon realised that while we wanted to do something, we had no clue as to where to begin. So, naturally, we started an initiative to discover how ordinary folks like us can help make an impact on poverty.

Our intiative takes a big step tomorrow night as it’s the beginning of our very own speaker series. We have invited 4 experts in the area of poverty to come address our group over the course of the next Vic Uni semester. Our hope is that this series will help us discover a practical next-step we could take. You can read more on our project here –

The first speaker we have invited is Ben Thirkell-White from Vic Uni who is dicussing poverty and development in a bigger picture sense. Starts 8pm tomorrow night at Ramsey House – 8 Kelburn Parade, Wellington. (You can find out the rest of the speaker topics and speakers here).

What’s true and what’s not

June 26, 2009

Reading a newspaper today is like talking to general store/dairy owner in the 1950’s – topical content for sure but not very accurate. There have been three events over the pass wee while in which newspapers and other traditional media have played a big part.

  1. Swine Flu – it’s a flu much like any other flu except a little more unpleasant and a lot more contagious. Influenza unfortunately kills people every year. I would imagine that in order to remove unnecessary fear about the danger of Swine Flu, media should present comparative stats for flu fatalities over the past decade then compare this to the Swine Flu. That would be helpful, but perhaps it might end the fodder to fill the papers?
  2. The “assault” on French Rugby Player Mathieu Bastareaud in Wellington last week. Surprise surprise, he was lying.  When I read the article that broke the “news” of Bastareaud’s attack it smelled like 5 day old raw fish left at the back of the delivery truck. It didn’t add up to me and I only read the article. For the person reporting the news that should have wanted to hurl by how much it stunk. Where is the investigative reporting, people? Maybe we need re-runs of the New Adventures of Superman to remind journalist what exposing the truth is all about J.
  3. The recession is real – truth at last. Yet, I’m still to see a really concise and helpful campaign of reporting on this from a news agency in NZ. My bet is it’s a little scary because it pretty darn complex.

But so long as people prefer (are willing to put up with) topical and exciting over insight and truth from our traditional news media, I guess that’s what we’ll continue to get.

Lost Season 5 Ends. Mystery lives on

May 17, 2009

Alright, I confess. I’m addicted to Lost. Its just so good. Every time a season ends, I’m actually kind of sad.

Maybe you have seen Lost and think what is the big deal. I understand, I was once that person. In fact I didn’t pick up the show until its 3rd season. It’s unconventional, non-linear story telling captivated my attention; its mystery hooked me. I went back and re-watch everything (a couple of times) after I had seen the 3rd season.

I think the reason Lost didn’t appeal to me initially was because I was into 24 in a big way. While back in those days, 24 was a real edge-of-your-seat suspense thriller. It was a linear story told in a serial format. I wasn’t prepared for what Lost was to provide its audience – what now has evolved into a tribe.

Its not to late to join in on Lost. 8 months until the next season starts. That’s plenty of time to chance up. Maybe this TED video on mystery from the creator J.J Abrams might convert you:
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Free Coffee Tasting Night @ Coffee Supreme (6/5)

May 4, 2009

Coffee Tasting Evening

Coffee Tasting Evening

Coffee Supreme is having another free tasting (or cupping as the pro’s call it) evening on Wednesday 6th May. Like last time, Fraser, is running the evening where you’ll have the chance to try a range of coffees and be guided through understanding the complexities aroma, body, acidity, and finish.

If you’re into coffee in either a big or small way, this is well worth your time. I should mention thought that you must be willing to taste coffee black – one poor person did not realise cupping coffee is a milk free affair at our last event.

Public Cupping – Wednesday May 6th, 6:30pm
Coffee Supreme HQ
35 Hopper St, Te Aro, Wellington.

I’ll be there and if you’re interested, flick me an email or leave a comment and I’ll get back to you.