Every now and then, you pull off something utterly remarkable; something so special that your blood speeds up and your breathing stops.

It’s so, so important to hang on to those moments.

Not to gloat; they shouldn’t exist for the purpose of impressing anyone else. We must cherish these moments because, for as long as we remember their details, they serve to remind us of the what we’re capable of.

When we’re at our lowest, it’s the memory of these moments which drag us up; if we did it then, we can do it now.

There is greatness trapped in every human being.

It’s up to us how much we release.

Sometimes it’s scary; sometimes that’s the point.

The only sure thing is that you’ll never find the bliss if you don’t.

Your gut has your back.

Jump.

It’s not often a zero sum game.

We talk in terms of give-and-take, but these are not the only available outcomes of negotiation.

Our priorities are never wholly aligned; if they were, we would never need to negotiate. This means that whatever is being given or taken is worth different sums to different people.

Giving a little in the right places can mean a lot more to someone than what it cost to give.

Standing firm and insisting in taking in the places most important to you might generate the same effect in reverse.

Balancing the ledger in such a way that all parties feel as though they walked away with more than they gave is not just possible, it should be the focus of all negotiation.

If you’re anything like me, where you work has a massive impact on how you work.

I’m not the kind of person who can whip my laptop out on the corner of a crowded coffee table and get to work.

I work best when I’m surrounded by other focussed people.

If I can hear the clinking of mugs or vacuous office chatter, chances are I’m not doing the work I need to do.

Noise cancelling headphones help, of course. But more important than anything is that ambient pressure of being in a place where progress will be made, with or without you.

Doing is infectious. If you’re in a rut (as I recently have been), I can’t overstate how important it is to be surrounded by people who charge you up.

It’s important that we do whatever it is we need to do to feel fresh.

Stuck at home for a Zoom meeting? Iron your best shirt, do your hair; presenting well isn’t only for the sake of the people you’re meeting.

Worried about running your usual track? Find a bush trail and run until your breath is at one with the crisp morning air.

Terrified of the supermarket? It’s highly likely that somewhere nearby is a small, foreign grocer who could really use the business. Pick up something you’ve never tried before.

Life is strange right now but adapting is on you.

Imagine protesting for your right to risk the lives of others for the sake of your own mild convenience.

How much more selfish could we possibly be?

At times like these it hurts to imagine how our children might look back on us; our headlines should plague us not with anger, but with shame.

Those who commit to joviality tend to enjoy happier lives. They aren’t necessarily jokesters or pranksters, nor are they unable to take things seriously when they need to.

What separates the jovial from the rest is an intuitive ability to turn dull moments into joyous ones.

The stakes are rarely so high that we can’t enjoy a laugh. The jovial amongst us are commuted to finding that laugh, and sharing it.

If only we could all commit to joy; we might find less bitterness between us all.

When an opportunity falls into your lap, sieze it with all the enthusiasm and might you can muster.

Don’t give yourself the time to chicken out; to convince yourself that the risks (which your gut has already analysed) are too much to handle.

Think it through, but don’t dig so deep into the flaws of an opportunity if that opportunity diminishes over time.

Sometimes, we just need to take the leap and make what we can of opportunity on the fly.

We don’t always get the chance to curate our experience of life.

Sometimes things fall into place; the right chance occurs at the perfect time and we’re better off as a result. Other times, it can feel as though our lives have been designed by a creator who is taking cruel delight in ensuring that everything goes wrong for us all at once.

Finding ourselves in a position we didn’t want to be in is not a good enough reason to dismiss the rules of the game we’re playing. It’s jarring, and people don’t like it.

You can’t show up to your first day at an internship and start making suggestions as if you’re company’s CEO, regardless of how much you’d like the be.

We alone are responsible for operating in line with our current position. Because, while life itself is rarely concerned with fairness, the other people we share this life with do. Ultimately, connecting with them is our best opportunity to create better positions for the future.

Which way to go?

The choice is easy, because there’s only one way we can: forwards.

Wraping around the side? That’s moving forward. Doubling back? You’re moving forwards. Staying exactly where you are and waiting out the storm? That’s forwards too.

We can only move through time in one direction. All other movement is secondary, and will soon be beside the point.

We each have only two things, which we share equally: this moment in time, and the next.