Why generalists will take over the world

And when the world gets bored of penguins? What then, Tom? What then?

Are you into technology and walking? Woody Allen movies and productivity? Sandwiches and property investment? We are, and we’ve spent a long time feeling bad about the diversity of our interests. The whole way through school, you’re encouraged to specialise – picking one narrow path at the expense of all the others. Even when you’re out of school and deciding what to do next, the most well-meaning advice seems biased against you: how do you “follow your passion” when you’ve got about 20 of them, and they change every day?…

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In search of the ultimate work-life balance

Tesco delivery van

Turns out there's more to work-life balance than getting your shopping delivered

When we first heard about “MonkChat” we naturally assumed it was a hip new Valley-based startup aimed at disrupting the IMing space. Nope, turns out it’s actually chatting to some monks. So of course, we’re going to do it this coming week. We’re also going to visit a temple, walk around the market every day to find our meals, and have coffee with some of the cool people we’ve been meeting. It’s not like we couldn’t have done these things (minus the monks) in London: London has markets, and tourist…

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10 things I now know about Bangkok

"Carnaby Street" at Terminal 21, Bangkok

Carnaby Street, Bangkok-style

1. Bangkok is MENTAL. Everyone told us this, but everyone tells us this about a lot of places. Our attitude is always “C’mon, we’re not from Norwich – we’re used to New York and London. How crazy can it really be?” This time, they’re telling the truth. At any given moment it’s quite typical to be dodging a motorbike ridden by a mother with her three kids on the back, waving away someone trying to sell you a sex toy, tripping over a shrine, and smelling a combination of sewage,…

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We’re ripping up the travel script (and you should too)

We’re going to Bangkok next week. And you know the one thing people keep telling us to do? “Ooh you MUST go to a ping pong show and watch all the girls make things fly out of their fu fus. The drinks there cost a bomb, but you’ve gotta do it.” Errr, no. And not because of morals (although Wikipedia’s description does a good job of putting us off for those reasons too). We won’t go because it’s just not our sort of thing and we don’t care that all the guide…

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How introverts can get the best out of social situations

I’ve always been shy and introverted, and it’s a gigantic pain in the arse. I’ve got better over the years, but the number of brain cycles I’ve wasted worrying about stupid things doesn’t bear thinking about. One thing I’ve always been good at, weirdly, is giving presentations. That’s why I wrote “Presentation Skills for Introverts” – which is free on Amazon today and tomorrow – to help my introverted brethren get up there and spread their ideas. In the course of writing the book though, I realised that it’s possible…

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