Are you in the wrong job?


I went to a workshop yesterday on discovering your personal work style. Since I’m still in the throes of figuring out who I am, I found it useful.

Part One evaluated:

  • How you are energized— by doing tasks or connecting with people
  • How you are organized— structured or unstructured


Rate the following questions on a scale of 1-5.

  1. Am I more comfortable doing things for people (1) or being with people (5)?
  2. When doing a task, do I tend to focus on the goal (1) or the relationship (5)?

  3. Do I get more excited about advancing a cause (1) or creating community (5)?

  4. Do I feel I’ve accomplished something when I’ve completed a job (1) or built a relationship (5)?

  5. Is it more important to start a meeting on time (1) or when everyone gets there (5)?

  6. Is it more important to maintain a deadline (1)…

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Death and fortune

On my way home today, i listened to the radio as usual and heard a sad fact. Twenty school buses full of under fives die each day because they don’t have access to clean sanitation. Toilets etc.
Then when home i opened a link on twitter originally from some teenagers website or magazine that listed the top ten football players net worth here in the UK. It stated that number ten was worth £27 million up to £47 million as the top earner.
My eldest daughter is a teenager, today in fact.
It saddened me that teenagers would care more about premier league footballers wages, than the generations that are lost each year. Dieing from the lack of a toilet. I’m sure my lovely daughter doesn’t care, and would be more worried about that large school size group of under fives who die daily.
I hope so anyway.

New people, new voices

Had an enjoyable conversation with a Slovakian man today, even though, neither spoke each others language. Nice when that happens.
I often chat to the many foreign nationals i come across in the course of my day, and find it very worthwhile. It good for the inner me to meet and chat to people from abroad. Its like a passport stamp on the memory, i can tick off in my head who I’ve chatted to. It kind of means I’ve been there by proxy. Like speaking one word of a language means your fluent.


Not been active for a while. Been feeling a bit sorry for myself. The job i was happy about getting has turned into a nightmare of very minimal sorts. A bit of an amateur outfit with zero care for its workforce and a high opinion of their own ability.
I have been musing and writing some poetry. But its been on scraps of paper and in my own mind. Usually with the idea of writing it down, but with mostly forgetful consequences. Typical.
My new idea is to idea is to write a series of topics, or headlines, to remind me of my thoughts and to gather them up whenever i can to note them down. On here. Not pieces of paper i file, or occasionally stuff into a pocket or my diary. On the subject of which, it has become a very sanitised version of what’s going on. I sometimes feel as if in writing events for some one else eyes, and as such tone down the details or round off the emotions. I don’t want to offend. As if I’ve got people to affend.
Too right i have.
I burn more bridges than… A bridge burning expert. ( do they exist ).
Any how. 2014 is going to be good, different, honest and with more purpose, a damn sight more productive.


When i was younger. Before i was married and had the trappings of financial constraints, i planned a trip to south africa. I was going to drive via morocco to the cape, then return via Egypt. I went as far as seeking visa forms from loads of African countries and pricing ferries etc. Fuel and expenses were worked out on a daily expenditure plan. It sounded very exciting.
As usual things get in the way, and leaving it a bit longer stretches into months, years and a few decades later… It a shame my wife doesn’t really like the idea. Imagine taking your family in such an adventure ? The world is huge, but only as big as you make it. I guess.
I still hope to achieve this one day, but secretly know this is unlikely.