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Thomas Hawk Self Portrait

I recently came across the really cool blog of photographer Thomas Hawk.

I’m not usually into blogs based on photography, although I am aware that they are very popular, but this one caught my attention as Thomas has an unusual, if perhaps impossible goal.

His aim is to publish a library of 1,000,000 finished, processed photographs before he dies.

If Thomas lives to be 80, that’s 1.4 photos every hour for every day of his life.  And that’s assuming that he started when he was a baby!

That’s an ambitious goal!

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Photo by Thomas Hawk via Flickr

New Year’s Resolutions invariably fail and there are many reasons why that’s the case.

One of the main reasons would be that many of us compile our goals for the new year after a few champagnes at about 11:58pm on December 31.

The time to start planning what you are going to achieve next year is now.  A year is too important to waste and significant goals don’t often come without spending time in careful consideration.

Find a quiet place, get a pen and paper out and start writing down specific and meaningful goals now so that when the New Year comes you are ready to launch yourself into your challenges with enthusiasm and congruence.

If you’re struggling to find ideas for possible goals next year, consider the following categories of your life: Read the rest of this entry »

I’m sure it’s happened to you too.

You’re in an important meeting or workshop and you have a great idea that you believe you really have to share.

At least it seems like a good idea until you say it out loud.

The expressions on everyone else’s faces tells you that it wasn’t such a good idea after all.

You’ve just swung and missed!

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Photo by Thomas Hawk via Flickr

One of the greatest challenges that we are facing today is finding the right balance between work and home.

There are so many demands placed on leaders that finding this balance can be difficult, especially if it isn’t consciously managed.

In addition, we can seduce ourselves into thinking that more meetings, interstate travel and work-related events are more glamorous than the seemingly mundane life of changing nappies, loud and messy kids and a spouse who is demanding more from you.

However, we need to change this perspective.

David O. McKay helps us when he says, “No other success can compensate for failure in the home.”

I think that he’s right.

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One of the great advantages that we have in the Knowledge Age that we live in is the easy access to information that we have.

And one of the great curses and time-wasters that we have in this era is the easy access to information that we have.

For so many of us our days can turn into this:

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In anything that you do in public, there will be cynics who look down their noses at your efforts and those who are cheering you on and hoping that you do well.

There may be 98 people who are fully engaged with your presentation and two in the audience who have their arms crossed and a scowl across their face, but invariably it’s the two that we work hardest to please.

We think about them, ask them questions, argue with them, try to convince them and try to cater to their needs, to the detriment of the remaining masses who are really enjoying your work.

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This 2009 photograph captured a sneeze in prog...

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Most of us have topics that we talk about with others with great passion.

We can’t help ourselves and will corner people at every opportunity to talk about our favourite subject.

The modern marketing term for this is “sneezing” and it invokes a picture of people infecting those around them with their ideas.

Unfortunately, most of the time, we are sneezing trivial things.

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There’s a saying that hindsight is 20/20 vision.

You do something and then you look back and either cringe at your mistakes or feel good about the action that you’ve taken.

We’re all wiser in retrospect.

Should we do/say/buy that?  I’ll tell you after the event.

There are many people however who are unable to learn from their past.  Why?

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Rhesus Macaque Macaca mulatta in Kinnerasani W...

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There’s a story about an experiment that took place with five rhesus monkeys that were placed in a cage together.

There was a ladder in the middle of the cage and a bunch of bananas was placed at the top of the ladder.

One of the monkeys saw the bananas and went to climb the ladder.  As soon as it did, ice-cold water was sprayed over all of the monkeys.

This pattern would repeat itself.  Every time a monkey would start to climb the ladder, ice-cold water would be sprayed.

It got the point where whenever one of the monkeys would try to climb the ladder, the rest of the monkeys would start to beat him up.

At this point, the researchers took one monkey out and replaced it with another one.

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David Attenborough and the ARKive

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Sir David Attenborough is a living treasure and his contribution to wildlife conservation through his famous documentaries is legendary.

I have received many hours of great joy from watching his work and my oldest son now joins me on the couch as we watch some of the marvels of the animal world.

The scope of Attenborough’s work now spans many decades, so what can we learn from this inspirational person?

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