Category Archives: Emails


Fear of failure – which we’ll call ‘FOF’, firstly because it’s fun to say out loud and secondly because a good way to dismiss something that needs to be dismissed is to make it sound silly – is almost such an obvious problem that it feels lazy to write about it. But I wouldn’t want […]

Let go of the past

Some lovely responses to yesterday’s email – keep them coming. It’s too easy to let who you were dictate who you are. This is a major barrier in making changes to your life and business and one of the biggest hurdles to overcome if you want to start something new. Change can, sadly, be perceived […]

The first step

During last summer’s heatwave I was struggling to get an open mic music night going in our local pub. I can remember standing in front of the microphone playing a song to the landlord, my partner, parents and the one other person who’d given-up his time to come and play, feeling pretty miserable about the […]

Nobody knows how to make a pencil

There isn’t a single person on earth who possesses the skills to make a mass-produced pencil. From caring for and harvesting the trees; transporting them to a saw mill, cutting, shaping, mining graphite, the lacquer, the labelling, the ferule and eraser, the fuel (and coffee) required at each stage of the process, the building of […]

Small and (fr)agile

It’s an easy assumption to make: that small, nimble companies should easily outperform the behemoths they seek to destroy (or, perhaps, become). But they often don’t. Companies which should be small and agile take months or even years to bring ideas to market. Why? – People don’t actually understand your idea. Perhaps because you haven’t communicated […]

Chimes of freedom

Just after midnight on the 1st January this year I confidently asserted that the correct time is on the last of Big Ben’s chimes, not the first. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. A fine way to start the year, although as a very slight sign of personal growth […]

Stating the obvious

The hugely positive response to yesterday’s email (thank you) can be split fairly evenly: People agreeing entirely People saying “hope you’re well” But it’s nice to know I’m not alone. Business writing can be especially lazy – despite my protests several years ago, there are still hotels and B&Bs boasting a “colour TV” as if […]

“I hope you’re well”

Looking back to the four+ years ago when I used to send one of these emails out every single morning – at the time it felt (mostly) pretty easy. Confidence oozes from practice, and it’s a beautiful thing to experience. Staring at my screen now, the words aren’t yet flowing. There’s a sense of unease […]