“Everybody ready? Seat belts buckled?”
“Yes!”, we cheered, “Let’s go!”
He turned the key, and put our brand new VW campervan into gear.
We were off on vacation.
As we motored down to Austria, we were all amazed by exactly how many of these vans were on the road.
It seemed like every few kilometers, there was another one.
And another. ...more
Earlier this week I discovered another, new reason why I’m in this game.
You’ll have seen me wax passionate about art, and how much I love working with artists.
You saw the change happen right befrore your eyes, when I was in Dublin this summer.
You may even have noticed me mention my mother, that bit where she ...more
“Oh but tomorrow I won’t be here. I’m meeting my friend Mari-Carmen, we’re going to this restaurant we know”.
I freeze and look at her.
“Are you serious? What about our agreement? You were going be here, in my house, 5 days a week, 2 hours. Without fail. That’s what you committed to.”
“Yes, but Friday is the ...more
A few years ago, when James Chartrand of MenWithPens fame launched her writing course, she said something extremely important:
“Every business owner should have a strongly developed writing ability”
Or something to that effect, not sure of the exact quote.
It’s true though, 100%
In fact, I’ll say that the ability to quickly, hassle-free, write out something for your ...more
When a child is born, there’s no possible way you can know how he or she is going to turn out.
She could become a writer, a painter - a sinner, or a saint - or just your average, regular friendly person.
Anything is possible.
How can you tell, at the start?
You can’t: there’s just no telling.
It all ...more
Helping you grow your business and lead a better life, is what.
Says a friend: “This newsletter of yours, the work you do - how would you help, say, an estate agents?
“If they would tell you: ”What do you think you know, what would give you the authority to help us?”
Me: “Nothing. If they’re running well, ...more
“Hello sir, I’m your newspaper boy, come to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!”
My words come out in little puffs of vapour, and my toes tingle with cold.
I’m fourteen years old and 6 days a week I’m up at 5 AM, on my bike, to haul many kilos of newpaper round ...more
The other day I saw a video of Jerry Seinfeld, on a stage, giving a ‘thank you’ speech for winning an award.
Not that he actually thanked anybody, in fact he derided and ridiculed the organisation that gave it to him.
And in passing, the entire advertising industry.
The gist of his discourse was how advertising is all ...more
I called up a bespoke tailor in the UK yesterday.
Let me tell you, I was pretty hot dang nervous.
Strange, because we’ve been in touch before - a few years ago, when I was an active moderator on a professional tailor’s forum.
(How you doin’ there, KG?)
Not that we had ever spoken on the phone or met, ...more
“Martin, can you have a look at this please? I don’t understand Spanish.”
Rupert is a 70-ish friend from the UK, who owns an apartment next door where he likes to spend a few weeks now and again, since his retirement.
He shows me a slip from the utility company: Unpaid bills, pay or we’ll disconnect your ...more
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