I turned 50 this year. I know. So old. Can’t believe it.

Emsworth, UK at sunset, 6th Feb 2020
  1. Resist the path most trodden. Be a contrarian.
  2. Don’t bullshit yourself. Ideally, don’t bullshit other people either, but more importantly, be honest with yourself.
  3. Foods that have a shelf life more than 5 days have something in it to make it last that long. Whatever that is, you probably don’t want it in your body, so don’t eat it. Eat fresh things.
  4. Mindset matters. It matters more than anything. Your mindset can make or break you. …

There was an epidemic in the western world way before Covid came along. It was an epidemic of inactivity!

Photo credit; jcomp

Doctors have been calling it the sitting disease, but it’s not a disease in itself — you can’t catch sitting disease, but all the chronic conditions that are killing us are linked to sitting.

Sedentary lifestyles increase all causes of mortality. If you sit still for more than 9 hours a day, you’re doubling the risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and obesity, and increasing the risks of colon cancer, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, lipid disorders, depression and anxiety.

Our bodies are designed to move and our brains are designed to control our movements. It’s as simple as that!

And before…

  1. Trump won’t accept the election result. He’s too demented to do that. Millions of people will never trust the electoral process again.
  2. More people will give up on meat because Covid is actually an animal welfare problem
  3. There will be an international day of remembrance for covid
  4. Work from home will be THE norm
  5. The Post-Covid the gap between the rich and poor will widen.
    Millions were forced onto furlough or lost their job, but if you stayed in work, your expendable income increased because you were likely to have spent less money.
    This ‘two-tier’ economy will continue. …

Human beings are idea machines. All of us have ideas all the time. Most of us don’t notice because we kill those ideas as soon as we have them.

We’re all guilty of this. A few years ago I started writing down and sharing my ideas on my blog. I stopped at 365 because, well, I had to stop some time and one per day seemed like a meaningful-enough time.

I’m not sure writing all my ideas down makes me unique, but it’s probably pretty unique — odd some might say, but despite the fact that I’ve documented hundreds of…

Salt is salt, right? It’s possibly the oldest commodity on earth and surely, it’s one of the most abundant minerals. Can we really differentiate such a simple product?

Photo by Harris Vo on Unsplash

In a previous post I suggested that far from ‘needing’ a brand spanking new idea for a ‘thing’ or service, you actually only need an idea for something that already exists out there in the marketplace, but innovate to make it faster, better, cheaper.

There’s no better example of how we can differentiate a simple product by adding value than salt.

Yep, common old salt. If you thought salt is salt, nothing…

Photo by Edu Lauton on Unsplash

I’ve heard this so many times, “I’d love to start a business, but I can never think of the idea of what I would do”.

You may have thought exactly that?

It IS a myth that you need something new. It’s born (quite understandably) of an anxiety that, “well, if there’s already someone doing this, how will I manage to break into it?”

Shock horror: Apple are (rightly) seen as one of the most innovative companies ever, but they certainly didn’t invent the touchscreen smartphone.

Google didn’t invent the search engine.

Amazon weren’t the first people to sell books online.

Mike Allen

Innovator, avid learner, mentor, coach and entrepreneur

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