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Everyone starts out crap

Failure is frustrating, so it’s important to remember that we all start out crap. Whenever we try something new, our first attempt is always terrible. And we usually stay pretty terrible for many more attempts after that. It’s normal to be shit at stuff. As James Clear reminds us: “Your favourite athlete’s first workout was […]

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Doing the bare minimum

Doing the bare minimum is often a negative thing. But some days, it’s the best we can do. On those days when all we want to do is crawl back into bed, turning up is often enough to make progress. Putting in the minimal effort every day isn’t how to get what we want from […]

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Another step forward

Let me be the first to say: fuck you 2020. But also, thanks for your help.  It’s stupid to think that it’s taken about five years to get to the starting line. Five years of trying to make it make sense and failing and starting again and failing; and giving up, and starting again and failing, […]

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Walking through walls

Walking through a wall is very very very very unlikely, but science tells us it’s not impossible. It’s called ‘quantum tunnelling’ and it’s why the sun explodes, and how your DNA replicates, and how light passes through a solid object. A very clever teenager explained this to me this morning in under three minutes and […]