How to grow your Instagram following


It's the ultimate question isn't it. Growing your Instagram following is akin to social status nowadays. And who doesn't want everyone to think they are awesome?

But as I've been unpacking and considering all things social media over the past few months, I've had some revelations that I think are worth sharing. Is it possible that we're asking the wrong question? It's not that growth is bad in itself, it's just that it feels like there is another more important question we should be considering first.

Why would we want to grow our social media following?

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How to be less annoying (and make people like you)


Let’s be honest. We’re all slightly annoying from time to time. It’s part of the wonderful complexity of what it means to be human. But certainly some are more annoying than others. Why is that the case and is it possible to change how others perceive you?

Who wouldn’t want to be more likeable, appreciated and all round better person in the room?

Social skills are one of the great mysteries of life for many of us. Without them, even the most talented will limit their future because life comprises ultimately of relationships. So can they be developed? And why is that that we’re generally fairly awkward talking about such things?

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A no-nonsense guide to becoming less anxious


I’ve been thinking a lot about how we talk about mental health as a society. Whilst there have been great moves in creating an environment of openness where people can talk about what they’re facing rather than burying their feelings, it also feels like no one is talking about some of the basics of recovery. I would call it personal responsibility.

If those words are triggering to you, then I suggest not reading further.

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10 books that changed the game in the last decade


2019 has been a busy yet good year and one full of many mini lessons to learn. One of the qualities of those who succeed is a desire to learn and I am always trying to keep myself personally sharp and fruitful.

Here are twelve of my top thoughts and takeaways I picked up this year along the way in life and leadership.

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12 mini lessons I learnt in 2019


2019 has been a busy yet good year and one full of many mini lessons to learn. One of the qualities of those who succeed is a desire to learn and I am always trying to keep myself personally sharp and fruitful.

Here are twelve of my top thoughts and takeaways I picked up this year along the way in life and leadership.

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You cannot mandate generosity


I feel like billionaires have been getting a bad rep lately. Let’s be honest, I’m ever so slightly jealous of someone who can figure out how to be just that successful. The level of work ethic, sacrifice, innovation, failure, disappointment and endurance is to be celebrated and encouraged.

When kids talk about their big dreams and their big plans they are applauded. But when adults hit real success and real figures, somehow society turns on its head. It’s very easy for us to criticise and judge.

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Fear is never a good medium of communication


It’s Friday 13th December 2019 and the nation is reeling from waking up to the news of an extraordinary Conservative majority under Boris Johnson. Not only that but the most significant Labour loss since 1935, winning just over 200 seats.

This is of course a historic election in the context of Brexit and the future of Great Britain. But I wonder if there is something else at play that is worth noting.

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Music theory changed my life


I know what you're thinking because it's a big claim for sure. How on earth could music theory change your life? I believe it has taught me a truly valuable concept that has affected many areas in my life over the years. That concept is all about how we approach learning.Learning sounds fairly uninteresting (think school) until you realise that it's just another way of talking about growth. Unless you're learning - increasing who you are and your gifting then you're not going anywhere or doing anything significant. That's why it's been so important for me.

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One of the greatest privileges in life is disadvantage itself


In today's society there is a lot of conversation around things such as inequality, disadvantage and privilege. Sometimes these are attributed and associated with certain ethnicities, class backgrounds or experiences. The idea that we should level the playing field of opportunity and create space for those less fortunate is a noble one - it's also inherently a Christian one. After all, life is not about what we can get but what we can give. Success is to be shared and generosity to be encouraged (but not mandated of course).

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Tiredness is good for you


The idea of getting tired or burning out is something that has been talked about a lot in recent years, particularly in the context of mental health, rest and self-care. These aren't things I'm necessarily opposed to in themselves but I do wonder if there is another side to this conversation. Because in my experience it’s been good for me to get tired for the right things.

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