Make great coffee, and 21 other ways to build your personal brand – Nicholas Bate

22 simple but powerful tips from Nicholas Bate. I would argue they work equally well for a sovereign professional as for someone in a large organisation. Including: 13. Remember names, birthdays and catch people doing things right. 14. Find out what humility is and develop it. 15. Never ever, ever, ever be sarcastic. 16. Own your career path. […]

The artist as entrepreneur #writing

Just an important reminder from Steven Pressfield: “Step One, it seems to me, is to recognize that all of us–writers, artists, filmmakers, actors, musicians–are entrepreneurs. We don’t work for the Man. We work for ourselves. These are two completely different modes of operating in the world and of thinking about ourselves. … No one guarantees […]

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Stand a little out of my sun – on self-reliance

There’s a great post over at the Art of Manliness site, on self-reliance: “It’s increasingly difficult to live a life that is inner-directed rather than other-directed. In order to operate effectively in this kind of autonomy-sapping environment, developing a strong sense of self-reliance is crucial.” It includes some interesting quotes as well: “Self-trust is the first […]

For the new year…

From Nicholas Bate: 22 steps to get what you want 7 challenges 1 observation  

Small but powerful

Pithy, but powerful, another list from Nicholas Bate:   2. Being on time 5. Remembering names The full list, here.  

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Slice Planner: a daily planner that merges paper and digital

Via The Cramped, is news of a fantastic concept currently on Kickstarter. It’s a diary / planning solution that combines the visceral delight of real paper and pencil with the sheer and shareable convenience of digital. What a great idea! You can plan your day on paper, then use your phone’s camera to synch it […]

The most regretful people on earth …

“The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.” Mary Oliver, via Brain Pickings.  

Songs for Sovereign Professionals: Hello, Hooray

The sovereign professional walks a solitary path. Sometimes you need a lift, something big and empowering and energising. This has been the opening song on my daily soundtrack for the last few months. “God, I feel so strong!” Here’s Alice Cooper’s original album version… And, if you have the album, check out Generation Landslide and Elected. Cooper […]

Hunter-Gatherer: the full list

50.  Never let the fire go out. For the hunter-gather of the 21st century, the full list from Nicholas Bate, here.

Pfeffer on Power

I loved Jeffrey Pfeffer’s 2010 book Power: Why Some People Have It – and Others Don’t. Here’s an overview of Pfeffer’s work (from Theodore Kinni), along with a five minute video of him talking about Power.  

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