Category: Inspiration

Success? There has to be a reason…

This week, screenwriter and actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge was defending herself against accusations of being posh and privileged.

Whenever someone is successful, others search for a reason. Ideally, that reason should be “unfair” in some way: privilege, poshness, nepotism, even a “natural talent” or “magic touch”.

Clearly, it shouldn’t involve hard work, dedication or focus.

Picture: British GQ/Jason Hetherington

Passion and opportunity – @GreggAWallace

Here’s a little, random inspiration from TV’s Gregg Wallace.

I was in the car yesterday, listening to Graham Norton’s radio show and Gregg Wallace was a guest (promoting a new book by him and his wife). I only really know him from Masterchef, but I thought his story was fascinating for independent professionals.

He started out as a greengrocer, supplying fruit and veg to pubs and restaurants in London. His enthusiasm and passion for locally grown, best quality produce soon led to him supplying most of the top chefs in London:

“I was passionate about it. I cared about it.”

A freelance writer interviewed and wrote a profile on him for a trade magazine. As it happened, she also wrote for BBC Radio Four.

She enthused about him to her colleagues and he was offered a show on the radio.

The radio led to television and his current career.

Throughout it all, he says, the key to his success has been people, rather than produce.

“All the telly I do is about people. Masterchef, even though it’s a cookery show, it’s really about the people.”

My takeaway from the interview: opportunity comes to people who are passionate and dedicated to what they do.

Worth a quick listen, even if you’re not a fan.

The interview starts at 2 hours 10. The link is here (though I don;t know if it will work outside the UK.

Gregg Wallace is, here.

Image: GreggWallace.com

Ryan Holiday on Stoicism, Stoicon 2016

Ryan Holiday, author of The Obstacle is the Way and founder of The Daily Stoic, talks about his personal introduction to Stoicism.

Drawing on his favourite verses from Meditations, he shows the commonsense, its real-world application of Stoicism. It’s not for “turtle-necked professors”, it’s for the man in the street.

If you’re curious, this is a great place to start…

Leave your shelter with Nicholas Bate

Nicholas Bate is always worth a visit. His posts are pithy, grounding and insightful.

Here’s a selection from his recent Basics 7 series:

Get out of your Head, Saturday

1. Cook: chop, slice, kneed

2. Clear: garage, study, garden

6. Sit outside: fresh coffee, a view, un-focused thoughts.

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Small but important thoughts…

…from Patrick Rhone.

Mostly here: Rhoneisms at PatrickRhone.net.

But also here: TheCramped.com – Celebrating The Unique Pleasures of Analog(ue) Writing.

And his books, here: PatrickRhone.com. Looking back, I see I read Patrick’s Some Thoughts About Writing back in 2014, so I’ve been following him since before then.

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