3 Ways to Respond to ‘Suddenlys’

One evening my car got broken into. I got a knock on the door in the middle of the night from my neighbour who’d spotted my obviously-ransacked car, doors askew, in the driveway. From there, my night, as well as the subsequent days, became about police, sniffer dogs, dusting for fingerprints, missing items and my property being ‘taken down to the station for photographing’.

None of which I was expecting. It came out of nowhere and just like that it was a thing. It was a suddenly.

The TRIP Principle

By Daniel Gibney

This is a guest post from my friend Daniel Gibney, a professional drummer and entrepreneur. After being unable to find appropriate hearing protection for his two little girls to be around him when he was playing drums, he founded¬†Em’s for Kids, a now-international company specialising in hearing protection earmuffs for children and babies. You can follow Daniel on Twitter or Instagram¬†or check out Em’s for Kids on Facebook or Instagram.

Apart from business, one of my main passions in life is playing the drums. I’ve been very blessed over the years to work as a drummer in a professional capacity, and it’s something I still do. The TRIP principle is something I developed as a drummer, but it’s even more applicable in business and life in general.

Personality Types and the Golden Rule

Many of us learn the golden rule as kids – something along the lines of ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’, or ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’

It carries with it the ideal of putting yourself in someone else’s shoes, and then interacting with them in the way we think we would appreciate if we were them.

So what does that have to do with personality types? I would suggest, quite a bit…

Avoiding Digital Distraction

One Christmas, some friends and I had planned a getaway to another city. It was a much anticipated holiday, and I was looking forward to spending quality time with people who are important to me.

So why I was I sabotaging that very plan?

Keeping Faith with the ANZACs in Our Everyday

I’ve been reading ANZAC day speeches lately. Years of them. Speeches by politicians and military commanders; by medical officers and chaplains.

Speeches remembering and commemorating the sobering sacrifices of the young men and women who have fought in the armed forces on behalf of Australia and New Zealand, from the present day all the way back to the shores of Gallipoli in 1915.

As we mark today the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign, the birth of the ANZAC tradition, the words of then New Zealand High Commissioner Kate Lackey from 2005 sum up its significance so well –