Social exclusion registers in the same regions of the brain as physical pain. In other words, being ostricised is as harmful, even life-threatening, as being physically hurt. Let that sink in for a moment. When kids shun a classmate at lunch, when a colleague is short with you, or when a lover storms off, the … Continue reading Wired to Connect
There's a powerful urge in many of us to multitask. To balance plates. To juggle balls. To answer messages while speaking on the phone while eating while crossing the road while... Turns out, it's not good for us. In fact, it's really very bad. Complex multitasking - doing more than one task that requires our … Continue reading Why multitasking is killing you
What should I be doing with my life? It's the school leaver's question, the quarter- and mid-life crisis question, and possibly the question you ask most days. But what the hell is the answer?! Some lucky folk find their way into just the right kind of career for them, and any dips in enthusiasm along … Continue reading Freelance revolution
We underestimate the seriousness of boredom. We think children are ‘just whining’ when they complain of boredom. Bored adults are ‘lazy’, ‘unimaginative’ or ‘hyperactive’. If generous, we sympathise with the experience of boredom as we would a mild toothache that’ll pass. Yet boredom is a known threat to wellbeing. Nothing makes that clearer than considering … Continue reading Intolerable boredom
Millennials get a bad rap. In an interview that went viral on social media, author Simon Sinek gives an unforgiving indictment of millennials, saying managers struggle to manage them because they are unfocused and entitled. He laments their belief that they can do anything in life, saying that they demand work that makes an impact … Continue reading Just an unfocused, entitled millennial?
I keep hearing about the benefits of meditation and mindfulness, but I'm a sceptic at heart. When I'm riddled with worries, I feel that trying to 'fix' the feelings with mental effort is the only way to calm the f*"k down. But is doesn't work. It hasn't been working for me in, well, forever. Daniel … Continue reading A sceptic’s tentative foray into meditation
I am a growth seeker. Looking back at my life and career and "connecting the dots backwards", as Steve Jobs urges us to do in his 2005 Stanford Commencement Address, it's easy to see I've thrown myself headlong into every learning opportunity that's piqued my interest. But that's not the narrative I've always told myself. … Continue reading Growth seekers