It’s unwise to pay too much

“It’s unwise to pay too much, but it’s worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money – that’s all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do.

The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot – it can’t be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better.”

- John Ruskin

Pocket Notebook

pocekt notebookAlong with my smartphone, minimalist money clip, and hands-free headphones, I carry an Evernote Moleskine pocket notebook with me daily.

In my pocket notebook, I write every morning before anything else, the top 3-5 tasks I need to do that day, and then star the one that will bring the most results and is easy to do. That I then do before doing anything else – even if it takes me half the day.

There’s something calming a satisfying about physically writing down my thoughts on paper, and I’ve been doing this for over 9 years now.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a to-do list, but rather a process of determining the most important things I can do that day to take my life, my company or the life of someone else to a new level.

Here’s some excellent pointers on the benefit the pocket notebook habit from a recent article I read on LinkedIn: [Read more...]

Via Ferrata

via ferrataOne of the greatest thrills that I’ve experienced on a regular basis in life is via ferrata (iron path in English, klettersteig in German) is a fixed iron cable ropeway up exposed rock faces, that you can clip onto and climb some of the most amazing routes of the world. With it’s minimal equipment requirements, it provides access to places normally reserved for experienced rock climbers and mountaineers with lots of gear moving at slow paces.

Via ferrata allow otherwise dangerous routes to be undertaken without the risks associated with unprotected scrambling and climbing or need for heavy climbing equipment and skills. They enable the relatively inexperienced (I take children on some routes) a means of enjoying the dramatic positions and accessing difficult peaks normally the preserve of the serious mountaineer; although, as there is a need for some equipment, a good head for heights and basic technique, via ferrata is as a distinct step closer to real rock and mountain climbing.

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bujinkanBujinkan is dedicated to the study and promotion of traditional Japanese martial arts as taught by Grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi, in Noda-shi Japan.

The Bujinkan martial art comprises nine different, but complimentary, martial arts traditions that encompass all aspects of personal combat and self protection skills. The training consists of unarmed and armed personal combat techniques, as taught in Japan. This martial art is truly martial in that it is centered on centuries old, combat-tested techniques. It’s not a sport martial art, nor are competitions between practitioners arranged.

While this sounds very serious, and indeed it is, Bujinkan is also about self-knowledge, improvement and living without fear.
As Hatsumi-sensei says, “…to become people that can live.” [Read more...]

Daily Rituals Summary

daily rituals

By Mason Currey

In this entertaining, if repetitive, collection of daily rituals of nearly 200 of some of the greatest minds of the last four hundred years, you’ll hear the daily routines of famous writers, thinkers & artists.
I listened to the book on Audible, usually during short driving trips. Here’s the link if you’d like to buy the Daily Rituals Book for yourself or as a gift.

Obviously, having a reoccurring daily routine such as a morning ritual is a pre-requite to achieving any long-lasting success at a chosen craft or skill, but here is a list of the themes that seemed to appear with each of these 161 inspired and inspiring folk: [Read more...]



Let simple be the mantra:

  • Make your contracts brief, small, simple.
  • Make your projects short, finite, and clear.
  • Make your deliverables obvious, simple, and measurable.
  • Make quality a higher priority than quantity (if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it)

I believe that living simply – the art of minimalism – is a basic human need. [Read more...]

Confessions of a Conjuror

confessions-conjurorBy Derren Brown

Brilliant, hilarious and entirely unlike anything else I have ever listened to before on Audible, Confessions of a Conjuror, read by Derren Brown himself was a complete and utter joy.

This is not strictly an autobiography, more a combination of a collection of personal stories, comedic observations, and magic tricks.  Derren Brown has a writing style like no other celebrity, or possibly anyone since the days of Dickens and Melville as the book is told through the intricate process of performing a single magic trick, using the minute observations and feelings experienced throughout performing this trick to Segway into amusing anecdotes, self help tips, and embarrassing confessions. [Read more...]

What makes you weak

Refuse, reject, eliminate the lifestyle, the habits and the circumstances that weaken you.

Heavy Weather Sailing

Use this handy checklist to be dependable in heavy weather sailing:

  • Plot position at first sign of worsening visibility
  • Maintain plot e.g. with GPS
  • Hoist radar reflector if not permanently rigged
  • Put on life-jackets and safety harnesses
  • Take seasickness tablets if required
  • Secure loose gear on deck and below
  • decrease the area of the mainsail using reefs. (I usually take in one more than immediately required or simply drop the mainsail, and use the Genoa to get ahead)
  • Prepare simple food in accessible locker (it’s tough getting at the food and a boiling kettle in a storm)
  • Pre-plan navigation and escape routes

The Beauty Of One

We somehow trick ourselves into thinking:

“If having one of something is nice, having more will be even better.”

But multiples often steal time, energy, and focus from the single pursuits that matter most to us. Any highly organized person understands that consolidation, minimalism and simplicity equals more freedom.

Think about the beauty of one for a moment: [Read more...]