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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

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

Where Do You Fall on the Diffusion of Innovation Curve?

Have you heard of the diffusion of innovation curve? I first encountered this model in my Intro to Marketing course last year (2017). I actually never realised that the model was more than 50 years old now! The curve illustrates visually some basic elements of a theory to describe the how and why, and at what rate, new technologies are distributed and accepted by society. I can see why a theory like this would have been developed post-WWII, as it was definitely a major era of innovation, and acceptance and diffusion of what were quite new technologies into the general consumer market was a really revolutionary thing in the 1950s.

So Let’s start with the Parameters

So the Model first captures the relative time scale in terms of when different types of people adopt technology. Then the curve also allocates a general ballpark in terms of relative percentages of the overall market share for a product or service. Obviously all the numbers are pretty streamlined and it forms a pretty neat curve. But I would like to look into the research that backs up the model at some stage. 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

Gathering of Minds – Finding Solutions through Technology for a Better Future

It was awesome last night to attend the “Focus On Technology” Panel Discussion and Networking Event at  “finding solutions through technology” at the Fishburners Brisbane. It was organised jointly by the new alliance between the Griffith University Chapters and the QUT (Queensland University of Technology) Chapters of the Golden Key International Honour Society, an international, multi-disciplinary honour society whose membership comes through invitation to students who achieve within the top 15% in their academic grades at University. I’ll explain a bit more about that in a little, but you can imagine with an audience made up of Golden Key members (such as myself, alumni, academics and industry professionals) it made for quite a stimulating occasion in terms of the different fields that our panelists are involved with, all with one thing in common – they are working at finding solutions through technology for a better future.

Focus on Technology – A Panel Discussion and Networking Event (Brisbane, July 31st 2018)

Golden KeySo, as I was saying, this event was hosted by the Golden Key. I became a member back in April, though my official New Member Reception held at the Queensland Conservatorium (Griffith University) was just a few weeks back in July. I must admit that,although I do give a lot of energy towards achieving academic excellence and learning all that I’m being presented with week by week, I really was surprised when I received a letter addressed to me from the University, and inside two letters actually – one from the University itself, and the other from the Golden Key. Their core values center around excellence in academics, leadership, and service. So I’m really looking forward to seeing what opportunities for personal development and contribution will be afforded to me through this. 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

My Green Smoothie Recipe for Beginners (Like Me)

As I must admit in my title, I’m relatively new to green smoothies – or at least pretty new of late. I lived on a farm community for years that was definitely into health and growing their own food and all of that. They even make a green smoothie product that they sell at local markets in Sydney. But, for me right now, this is a new adventure figure out for myself a great green smoothie recipe for beginners like me.

So in this article, I just wanted to introduce you to the recipe that I’ve been following for the past while now. It is relatively simple, but it has definitely really made me feel great in my day and satisfied for long into the afternoon. I use a household Nutribullet blender, and I calculated my ingredients for each smoothie cost me about $3 a pop. So without any further ado, let’s get to introducing what I do. Continue reading

Some of the Amazing Benefits of Drinking Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

I woke up early this morning, and I was considering something that I could share with you that has helped me.

Well, it didn’t take long for me to figure it out.

One of the first things that I do in my morning every day after I wake up is I fill up my water bottle to help me start hydrating after a good night’s sleep, and then, I get my glass and pour in two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, and then fill it up with water. Sometimes I mix a bit of honey with the vinegar to make it extra nice, but most days I like to just keep it simple. I drink half the glass right away, and leave the other half for about an hour before drinking the rest.

So now that I’ve told you what I do, of course, I want to share with you some of the benefits of drinking organic apple cider vinegar. There really are so many benefits to your body from this simple age-old remedy. You might not think drinking vinegar is really your cup of tea, but once you come to know a few of the awesome things it can do for you, you’ll be sold – honestly. Continue reading

About Steven

About MeHey, welcome to #Pidgethink!

All my life I’ve been passionate about learning. I can still remember when I had finished high school and was excited to go to University! I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with my life at that stage. I decided to study a Bachelor of Arts, and chose to major in Psychology and Sociology – two areas that were, and still are, a fascination to me.

Well, after nearly twenty years mostly working in hospitality, I have chosen to go back to Uni, this time studying my Bachelor of Business, major in HRM. I’ve also commenced my Diploma of Languages in Japanese this year, which is really challenging and interesting. So in the last two years as a mature age student, returning to study, I have learned so many things, and this is really what inspired me to want to find a way to pass on what I’ve learned to those who are on a simliar journey. Continue reading

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