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Is ‘Retirement’ a Dirty Word

Is ‘Retirement’ a Dirty Word?

When my friend’s father was a middle-aged man he gleefully waited for the years to tick past and for his 65th birthday to come around so he could retire and go on the old aged pension. For his generation it was the ultimate pay-off after years of hard work, but these days no one wants
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Sacrifices we can make for our friends

Sacrifices we can make for our friends

‘Tis the season to be merry and on the weekend I went to a brilliant Christmas party at the house of friends. There was lots to drink, lots of wonderful people to talk to and the food was divine, but the hostess spent the entire party in the kitchen churning out hors d’oeuvres. People offered
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How to stay out of trouble

How to stay out of trouble

Have you ever thought how much easier your life would be if only you did not have to deal with other people? Have you ever felt that people are an endless source of trouble? For example your aunt and mother have been involved in a family feud for 10 years. Two of your work colleagues
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The Secrets to Writing Good Short Stories

The Secrets to Writing Good Short Stories

Over the long summer holidays, parents struggle to entertain their children and end up arranging activities for them. For example they might arrange a painting day or a cooking day. This expands the child’s interests and encourages them to be creative. I’m going to be like a parent today and encourage you to be creative
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Why Comparing Yourself to Others is Dangerous

Why Comparing Yourself to Others is Dangerous

As a middle-aged man I have many friendships that span decades and it’s always interesting to look at where my friends are at. Some have great careers, some have great families, some have great careers and great families, and some have neither. Yes, I believe that life is what you make it, but of course
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My Top Book Reading List for Self-Development

My Top Book Reading List for Self-Development

The festive season is almost here and we will all be looking for some holiday reading. I think it’s important to “do some work on yourself” over the break. Do some deep thinking and ‘reset’ yourself in time for the New Year. Of course I’d love you to read some of my books over the
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