Who killed “Time is Money?”

“Time is money.” This declaration attributed to a letter written by Ben Franklin has become one of the philosophical foundations of our modern lifestyle, where the vast population willingly trades one for the other. The quote however has been taken out of context. The problem is this: Money is a renewable resource. Time is not. […]

The freak that is stopping you from having a great life!

Few people would ever reject the idea that that there is something odd, unconventional or unique about them. It is the pedestal upon which a sense of self-identity is built, and we go to great lengths to defend it, we believe in it, and we know it as our own, in all its weirdness and flaws.

But what if we have made our own pedestal too low?

"Experience teaches only the teachable" A. Huxley

Why your experience does not matter (and how to make it matter!)

I get many opportunities to meet experts. Some are openly proclaimed experts, people who are respected by their peers, who have a long trail of recognitions and publicly recognised accomplishments. Others are people whom I consider to be experts, people who inspire me with their contagiously great attitude and profound ability to contribute wisdom around […]

Roanji Ston Garden, Kyoto. Photo by Winfried Sitte

Who is Winning the Battle for Your Mind?

Mindfulness. Like many others before it, it has become the new buzzword in success circles. It’s use has progressively surged in the last 5 years, so much in fact that in the last six years it’s Google interest rating has constantly risen from 40 (out of 100) to 92!. In 2013 it exploded onto the […]

Not ready, set… Go!

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese proverb. I am sure that I am not the only person who frequently hears the umpteen variants of “Now is not a good time for me to take this on”, and I am certain that you […]

Put your sunglasses on…. and stop being normal!

People are looking at you. They are looking you up and down, passing a brief but significant judgement, and most likely moving on to the next person. By then you have most likely been forgotten. You know, because it is precisely how you are looking at them. We as humans naturally have an interest in […]

Punch if you just want to fight, punch through if you want to win.

Martial arts, whether in practice or in philosophy, have been a fundamental part of my beliefs since I was a kid. One principle Sensei would always emphasize when we were practising our punches or kicks against pads was that we should aim to kick not at the pad, but right through the person holding it. […]