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Why I Chose to Cage My Night Owl and Become An Early Bird

There are so many things that I know have been of great benefit to me of late, different choices that I’ve made to finally embrace some basic common sense notions of life and wisdom that actually work. One of the key things that I knew that I needed to put into place early if I was ever going to succeed in achieving my ultimate goals was to adjust my whole sleeping routine. It seems kind of appropriate for a Pidgeon to be teaching you about Owls and Early Birds, right?

Well, ever since I was a baby (my mum told me) I was never one for sleep or eating for that matter. I always wanted to be doing stuff, always wanted to be where the action was. Well, combine that with a student lifestyle that doesn’t really require much discipline if I don’t want it to, and that can spell trouble! I’m definitely more naturally a night owl. I love to stay up late reading, playing games, watching movies. So it took a very concerted effort (and still does, to be honest, to some degree) for me to become an early bird! But I know that there are so many good reasons why I wanted to make the change – and why I reckon you should consider it too. Continue reading

Really Looking Forward to Growing Organic Vegies (Community Garden Update)

Did you see my post from a week ago about getting involved in my local community garden? Well, this week I got to visit the garden while a bunch of the folks involved were there, and so finally got to meet some of them in person. (Previous to this, I had just been in correspondence with someone on their Facebook page.)

So here is a bit of an update! I’m seriously looking forward to growing organic vegies! Especially with a group of like-minded local people. One of the older guys there is really into organics and permaculture, and I already get the feeling that I’m going to be learning so much being around him.

My Dinner Tonight was Extra Nice

After I got home, I pulled out my lettuce, cherry tomatoes and cabbage that I brought home from this afternoon’s foray.

I’m heading to Sydney on Tuesday, so I didn’t want to take too much fresh food home, that I wouldn’t be able to eat it before I go. But the salad was definitely a nice addition to my plate of brown rice, chick peas and roast vegies.

I cut up the cabbage moderately fine, and boiled it with just some sea salt and olive oil. It was really nice! Anything in the brassica family is a serious love for me! Honestly, when I get a bit more cabbage in my life, I’ll probably have a go at making some sauerkraut, or maybe even some Korean-style Kim Chi! Continue reading

My Unexpected Revolutionary Tipping Point

Every one has those moments in their life where the crisis hits, that watershed moment where you have a choice that must be made, and which way you decide to go with determine so much of what is ahead. Often the powerful thing about such moments is that your past doesn’t automatically have to be your reference point for where you go from there. It can be a moment of revival, redirection.

The past few years of my life especially actually feel like a journey from one such point to another really. But this morning, I wanted to share with you what must be one of the latest ones for me. It was definitely unexpected and unplanned for, but how I embraced it made it truly a revolutionary tipping point – a key to unlocking my personal development towards so many deep desires that I have had for a long time.

My hope in sharing a bit of my story is that when that moment comes for you, that you could embrace it and make the choice that could set your path on so much a more awesome trajectory that you could have hoped for or imagined! Sounds too good to be true? Well, read on and see. This is me! Continue reading

My easy routine for morning exercise (and other updates)

Well, it’s Wednesday morning here now, and I’ve my second two-hour Japanese workshop for my week this afternoon. So I just finished up my homework. Part of my homework was a second time that I’ve had to ask some questions to a Japanese friend (which thankfully I have a really nice one who is willing to help me out) and then rewrite her responses into a certain grammatical form for reporting something that someone has said (-と言っていました). So now that I’ve got that out of the way, just having my morning coffee, and decided that I wanted to share a few new things that I’ve got going in the past week or so.

One thing that I’ve really wanted to figure out was a really workable morning routine as far as exercise. I have my apple cider vinegar that I drink first thing, and I have my green breakfast smoothies (now with rolled oats, thanks to a suggestion from a really good friend of mine). But I hadn’t really had anything going as far as exercise.

Well, the other week I discovered an App for my phone – called “ManFIT” and it is a really well-designed app! I can set up notifications, and it has a “full-body fat-burning workout,” which I’ve been using as my easy routine for morning exercise every day now. It is just 20 minutes, and has a bit of stretching and a few cardio things (like jumping jacks). But mostly what I really love about it is the helpful notifications – and that is has some motivational music and a voice that helps you know what you’re doing, and counts down the last 5 seconds before you have a break, and then it congratulates you when you finish!

So if you were looking for something like that, I highly recommend it! Continue reading

Cultivating a Growth Mindset – A Pun on Words

Well, this afternoon I’m back at Garden City, and checking out the new Library’s “quiet area”. It really is quite nice! I’ve got a seat at a desk facing the internal windows, and the library is quite a buzz right now. It really has a positive vibe here, fresh and new and local community space.

Anyway, as I was saying in the title, I was going to write about a few of the things that I’m doing in my life, “cultivating a growth mindset” – definitely, with a pun very much intended.

Those of you who have been following my blog would have read my post about getting involved in your local community garden. Well, earlier this afternoon I dropped by Salisbury Community Garden.

First Visit to My Local Community Garden

For those who haven’t read my initial post, here’s the link back to that. Continue reading

Understanding the Critical Path – R. Buckminster Fuller’s Masterwork – Part One

I first heard of R. Buckminster Fuller when I attended the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2018 (look up #GES2018 on Twitter) in Brisbane. Part of the weekend’s events was the launching of what they called the World Game, which was basically an en masse mobilisation of entrepreneurs from all over the world towards making impacts towards achieving the 17 U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. It’s really hard to sum it up in a few words, but it was a pretty inspiring concept. And actually, the World Game was originally the brain-child of R. Buckminster Fuller, who has been dubbed “one of the finest minds and most significant thinkers of the Modern Age.” Quite an accolade to hold!

So I went away excited for the concept of the World Game, and did a little research into the man. Most people who have heard of him think of him as the “geodesic dome” guy. But his World Game was basically a blueprint for global cooperation to no longer be constrained by the economic mental concept of scarcity and a lack mindset. Ultimately, we live in a universe where neither matter nor energy is created or destroyed, right? So its ultimately more about flow and transformation. Phew, mind-blowing stuff! Well, I really wanted to do a review of his book. (This will most likely end up as several posts, as it really is such an immensely deep book!) I thought the best place to start was at the beginning and understanding the critical path – what that actually means.

So What is the Critical Path?

I could imagine your thoughts would be the same as mine when you read the book title – “So what is the Critical Path?” Continue reading

Looking at Emotional Intelligence and Leadership – A Review of Some of Daniel Goleman’s Books

I read a lot of books! I honestly find it hard to keep track of them all sometimes! (That’s part of why I really love Goodreads…) When I read great books, I definitely love sharing them with friends who I know are interested in similar things, as integrating new ideas found in books can honestly be life-changing. As a University student, I always have readings in textbooks and journal articles for my lectures and workshops – and assessments, of course. So you could imagine I would not be too interested in going beyond that and reading more. But I have found so much to enrich my personal learning and even my studies from other books.

As a student of HRM, I have to say that Daniel Goleman’s books have really given me so much value. I’ve read several of his books. He writes really simply while obviously referencing a lot of background research. Several of his books relate to ideas centred around emotional intelligence and leadership, and building on this, he has gone on to present research on social intelligence and how our brains are wired for social relationships.

Some Background to the Topic

Emotional Intelligence as a concept has been around since the 90s, and so many books have been written about the subject. A lot of research has gone into the topic, and related topics, and especially the relationship between emotional intelligence and leadership. The amazing thing about EQ is that although there are trait-like qualities that could seem innate, there are ways that one can develop their EQ – both their ability to manage and understand their own emotions, as well as understanding and even handling the emotions of others.

One area of EQ that deeply intrigues me and definitely is a cause for me want to investigate it more deeply is the connection between EQ and neuroscience. It is amazing to consider the complexity of the human brain, and even how there are different elements that make it up. There is the basest part of our brain that controls instinctual elements and fight/flight response, what is often called the reptilian brain. Then there is the more feeling part of our brain that processes sensory inputs in terms of how it makes us feel, and can even register the feelings of others, and it can do some really amazing things! Then there is the more rational part of our brain that applies logic to make decisions. In the past, often emotions were considered a hindrance to making good decisions. But research has gone on to suggest that in fact emotions are just as much a part of good decision-making as rationality, and thus, EQ is a key to both good management and leadership. Continue reading

The Beginning of My Journey in Exploring Business Ethics

Today was a great day, and the end of a great week of studying. Already arrived at week four of my current trimester. (Here at Griffith University we study in blocks of twelve weeks, so that’s basically a quarter of the way to the end of another course of new learning.) So, this trimester I’m studying Digital & Social Media Marketing, Negotiation, Business Ethics & Corporate Governance, and Japanese 1B. As you could imagine, student life is already picking up towards those first major mid-semester assessments. Just finished my first online quiz for Japanese yesterday. On Sunday I have my Negotiation Plan for a negotiation between the management of a dairy company (that I have been assigned to represent) and the Union, looking to create a first-time Enterprise Bargaining Agreement. Then at the end of next week, before our mid-semester break, I’ve got my Research component (Situation Analysis, SWOT Analysis, Personas and Digital Challenge Assessment) as the basis for my Digital Marketing Campaign plan due at the end of my Digital Marketing course! Phew, so yeah, I’m a busy boy right now!

Well, getting back to today! Our workshop in Business Ethics and Corporate Governance was putting the finishing touches on the first module of our studies, looking at the basic theoretical frameworks of ethical decision-making. It is pretty philosophical, but I’m really glad for what I’m learning. It is definitely laying a good foundation from which I can begin exploring business ethics over the rest of the course, looking at various case studies. We’re going to be begin our investigation with the “AWB & Iraqi Oil for Food Scandal”. Honestly, its way more interesting than it might sound!

Why Business Ethics?

To some, the concept of “business ethics” is a contradiction in terms. However, as in any area of life, there are ways to conduct business while keeping ethical considerations in mind – and not just the money. Ethics itself is the study of morality, and delves into the realm of philosophy, considering what is the best rationale for determining what is right and wrong, what is the best decision to be made in any particular situation. Similar to the pluralist society that we live in, where there are many interests represented and power is to some extent decentralized, so there are many ethical perspectives that should be taken into account when making a decision in business that could impact on the society in which we live. Continue reading

Have You Ever Considered Getting Involved in Your Local Community Garden?

As you flip through your Facebook, your Instagram feed, maybe your LinkedIn feed, you might occasionally find something that inspires you? Makes you want to step out and take action? Well, for me, today was another one of those days. I honestly wish that was every day! But anyway, I really wanted to share with you all what I saw this morning that really inspired me.

I lived in a community for many years, and in that community one of the things we used to do was grow our own organic food together. It was unbelievably amazing really. I have often thought to myself since I was no longer living that kind of life how nice it would be to somehow find a way to grow some of my own food again. Definitely, there are some things that are just a lot easier to manage when you’re doing it as a community. Today, a friend of mine who lives in California shared over her Facebook some amazingly beautiful pictures of some fresh vegies that they have growing in their garden. It honestly got my heart racing they were just so beautiful! It definitely got those deep inner “green thumb” genes stirred up. But what was I going to do with that? Well, I thought to myself, “You should look into getting involved in your local community garden?”Home-Grown Tomatoes

I remember one time years back when I was traveling around, and I ended up passing through Canberra, and in the center of one of Canberra’s southern suburbs, a local church community operated a community garden that had been built inside an old tennis court (which as you could imagine provided it with a really neat fence). Every time I find little pockets of communal horticulture happening, it sets my heart racing, and some kind of deep “paradise nostalgia” stirs. Don’t we all want to get ourselves back to the Garden?

A Freshness Unmatched

Once you know what a home-grown tomato tastes like, honestly, its really hard to go back to the store-bought stuff. And that is just one type of vegetable. Pumpkins, zucchinis, cucumbers, fresh salad greens, beans! Just about anything that you could imagine or buy at Woolies, there’s probably a time of year when you could look at growing it all yourself! Now I don’t know where you’re living right now, but I’ve been living up here in Queensland for nearly two years, and really, even in winter it isn’t that far different from springtime in even some other parts of Australia! (I used to live in the Blue Mountains for a few years, and you get a pretty heavy frost occasionally and rarely even a little snow, but I’ve never seen anything like that here in Queensland!) So really, I kept dreaming to myself, if only I could figure out a way. Continue reading

On the Road to Discovering My Big Game

Key Person of InfluenceFirst up, I’d like to give a “shout-out” to a book that has definitely had an impact on my perspective towards life – Daniel Priestley’s Key Person of Influence. I received my copy in the mail about a month ago, devoured it within a few days (it really isn’t a long book even). I’ve been wanting to get back to it again, as I know that already within a month or so of having read it, that things have moved forward in my life and so I know that it will only be all the more relevant. The analogy that I’m going to be using to describe my experience of late, being on the road to discovering my big game, has drawn heavily on themes from this book. I definitely highly recommend this book.

Find the Key Person of Influence Book here on Amazon: Key Person of Influence (Revised Edition): The Five-Step Method to become one of the most highly valued and highly paid people in your industry

Entering into the Running

So here I am now (July 2018) at about the half-way point in my degree, and my vision is getting clear for where I am, where I’ve been so far, and most importantly, where I’m going – and actually more important than that, how I am going to win this game! Learning is such an awesome process and experience! It is definitely not a linear process, at least not a straight line anyway. It is always exponential. Continue reading

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