Enough dreaming already: now just freakin’ do it

Shiny objects: captivating, but can end up burning you (and not just if you admire them too soon after taking them off the stove)

It’s nearly summer. Offices will be emptying out as employees go off to enjoy their two weeks’ annual vacation (if they’re lucky). Graduates will be emerging and half-heartedly looking for jobs that don’t exist anymore. And you? You’ll be working hard on starting something brilliant that will open up a whole world of freedom and opportunities. Or at least, you will if you embrace Just Freakin’ Do It June. Yup, like Teen Dating Violence, Haitian Heritage and Celery (honestly, I’m not making these up), “just freakin’ doing it” needs its…

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Your new business needs a podcast – here’s why

In your face taxpayer-funded, TV-promoted podcast losers!

Last month, I started co-presenting a podcast. Within a couple of weeks it was the #1 business podcast in the UK, and had put me directly into the ears of 6,000 potential customers. As a result, I’m being totally insufferable about haranguing every business owner I know to start a podcast. To save me losing all my friends, I’m going to make the argument in full here then shut up about it once and for all. Maybe. The case for podcasting If you’re trying to get a new product or…

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10 things I now know about Berlin

Arriving on the dot, as always

1: Not sure if you’re in East Berlin or West Berlin? Can you see tram tracks? If yes, you’re in East Berlin: trams were abolished in West Berlin after reunification, and they invested heavily in underground transport instead. 2: If you don’t speak German, don’t sweat it: most everyday words sound close to English, or are English, or are familiar because both countries have nicked them from a third language. So if you enjoy drinking Kaffee or Tee and eating Kebab Im Brot with Salat while using the Internet…yeah, you…

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Think it’s hard to start travelling? Try stopping

We were recently back in London for a few weeks catching up with friends and family. Many of them seem baffled by our choice of lifestyle (or still think we’re on some kind of delayed gap year), but some are fascinated and keep bombarding us with questions about how we did it. Their perception seems to be that shifting to a life of travel is really hard. And while I’d have given you a different answer when I was trying to buy beachwear in London in December…it really isn’t. The…

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Are you a loser, or just clueless? Pick your corporate escape route

As soon as I quit my job, I suddenly found myself telling everyone else I knew that they should do the same. OK, that might be partly because I didn’t want to be alone in taking a risk. But it’s also because as soon as I left the corporate world, I saw two gigantic problems that affect everyone in it – even if you really love what you do. Firstly, it’s almost impossible to be paid in line with the value you create. That’s not only disheartening, but because no…

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