Some people who are friends of mine simply love to analyse the shit out of pretty much everything. They’re scared of failure of course, who isn’t? They love to be organised and planned out. And indeed, nobody wants to fail. None of us set out to fail. You can analyse things forever and worry until you’re almost sick whether you’re doing the right thing. However, at some point in your life, you need to pull the trigger and move. And failure is a possibility. Here’s why it’s OK to fail and why I … [Read more...] about I want to hear your stories about fear and failure
We live in a fast moving world with always-on social media channels. The demands on our lives have never been greater in terms of the diversity, yet are we all any happier?
I used to believe that humanity wasn't, yet I have now changed that view. I believe that as a species we are capable of remarkable things and are proving that each week. It's simply that our in build negativity, added to media that thrives on it, never lets these positives be seen.
There is an incredibly positive world out there. We need simply need to discover it.
A lot has changed since I left behind the retail car sales industry. And yet so many things are still the same. I consider myself to have been truly fortunate to have been mentored by people who valued long term customer relationships over a fast buck, single sale. You may well imagine that in these days of fleeting attention, endless social media scroll and online price comparison websites that the value of that long term relationship is dead and buried. That the next click bait, the next ‘deal … [Read more...] about How to Sell Cars as a Salesman In Today’s Digital Marketplace
In my view, Sebastien Loeb is probably the world’s greatest competition driver. Certainly of the last three decades, quite possibly ever. So what? You’re not really into cars and driving and you’re about to stop reading? Give this one a little more time and read a little further. What can you learn from Loeb? After 9 World Rally Championship titles, Sebastien Loeb retired from the WRC circuit. Many of us who enjoyed watching his artistry wished he would have continued for 10 world titles, … [Read more...] about What can you learn from Sebastian Loeb, even if you’re not interested in driving?
In 2007, Radiohead had a problem. Like many bands, they were facing the global issue of music piracy. The traditional model of music creation, distribution and monetisation was broken. So they decided to fix it by giving away their new album, In Rainbows, for free. That was more than ten years ago now. And Radiohead made more money from giving the album away for free than they had made from all previous albums combined. So how did offering something for free become such a great business … [Read more...] about Build Your Tribe and Become Invincible and Impervious – Just Like Radiohead
Digital Tablets are wonderful devices for consuming content with. And together with YouTube and Vimeo, Ebooks have become one of the favourite uses of my iPad. I still recall the day I saw the iPad for the first time and like the iPhone before it, I knew it was going to change things forever. Both for those who enjoy consuming content and, even more markedly, those who create it. If you have a brand new tablet gifted to you for Christmas, then be thankful. You now have a device that gives … [Read more...] about Got a new Tablet as a gift? Here’s Six Ebooks You Should be Reading
The latest Paris riots as I write this in late 2018 are a terrible affront on normal society. I generally have a high regard for the French attitude to authority. And I am amazed that President Macron hasn’t seen this coming. The world is changing and with it, society’s willingness to have punitive and disconnected legislation inflicted upon them. The French have a historic disregard for authority. They’re quite happy to close an entire motorway system, set up a few burning tyres and wait for … [Read more...] about Why People Need Help To Buy Into Environmental Change Instead of Being Taxed Into It
The Supercar Driving Experience industry is in pain and quite possibly dying in the UK. It’s an industry I worked in as an instructor for more that a decade and so it saddens me deeply to be writing this post. I have a great affection for the industry, the great people within it and the many, many high quality, professional race instructors who worked within it and earned a living speaking very quickly indeed from the passenger seat of a supercar. Today, the industry is suffering and … [Read more...] about Supply and Demand – the Needless Suffering of the Supercar Driving Experience Industry
As I’m sitting watching the international news right now, with California burning in the heat and wind of the dry climate, I was reminded of my visit there in 2015. I travelled there to meet up with Ron Chapple of Aerial Film Works. Ron’s one of the stellar aerial filming specialists in the world and he operates out of his hangar at Hawthorne airport, a few minutes flight time by helicopter from downtown Los Angeles. If you’ve ever seen any of the BBC’s Natural History series, you’ll … [Read more...] about Memories of Los Angeles
This recent cover story for Total 911 started out as a straight forward report on the latest Porsche 991 Turbo S Exclusive Edition. The initial plan was to drive the car and report on it, probably somewhere in the North Wales area. Then we found out that a classic 930 Turbo 3.0 in the period gold shade was also potentially available. That’s when it got really interesting. Editor Lee’s brief expanded from simply featuring the 991 Turbo S Exclusive when we discovered that the 930 Turbo was … [Read more...] about Behind The Scenes . -Twin Porsche Turbo Magazine Feature Production
Firstly let me say that this is a very, very rare post for me. I have never before publicly written about or quoted any political, or religious beliefs I hold. I don't feel the need to and I don't think you're interested anyway. It’s also inherently divisive and I see no need in stirring hatred. There’s enough of that in the world already. However this is different. There’s an awful lot of noise, venom, vitriol and plain lies out there right now. And for the first time ever I feel the need … [Read more...] about Brexit – Why I Voted to Remain
This is a very sad story and indeed far from unique. I feel genuinely sorry for those affected. It’s a story of how a changing market and a changing world caught out someone who’s business is now crippled as they did not predict what a monumental impact the new technologies of the world would have. Taxi driver Ylmiz Hassan didn’t see how someone could use the technology to enter their marketplace, utterly disrupt it with a new business model that went direct to customers with an offer that … [Read more...] about The Game Is Changing For Everyone – Don’t Blame Uber
It’s strange how certain smells, sounds and tastes can instantly transport us back to memories. Sometimes they are sad memories, like how the aroma of my Grandfather’s tobacco reminds me how much I miss him and his tales from my childhood. Simply opening the suitcase that I keep in the corner of my office that contains some of his belongings, books, his WW2 diary are all things that remind me of him. Snapping open the clasps of the lid with that spring loaded suddenness is enough to trigger the … [Read more...] about Tasting The Memories
I love TED talks. In this age of politicians shouting, D List celebs on reality TV shows, endless repeats on rose tinted Gold channels, there’e something very satisfying about being able to listen to a presenter talk with clarity on an interesting subject for ten or fifteen minutes. So this talk by Dr Cal Newport calling for everyone to quit social media drew my attention. Watch it in full, then read my views below. An interesting talk and Cal is correct on many levels. Social … [Read more...] about Why Should I Quit Social Media Immediately?
I originally wrote this at the beginning of this year. Then I decided to shelve it as I felt I was commenting on someone’s misery and the fresh grief of those left behind. And yet now I hear of it happening again, just a few miles from where I live. A young man with a young wife and family has taken his own life. So I feel the need to publish it. It’s difficult to find a headline for this short post. But that is how I feel as, once again, I hear of someone who was young and seemingly … [Read more...] about Why Suicide is Truly A Frightening Thought
I met Nile Wilson this week. I’ll be honest here, even when he told me his name, I had no real idea who he was. It turns out when I checked out the guys social media stats, complete with his haul of Commonwealth Games medals and Olympic Gymnast status, I realised that this was my loss. Nile is one of the new generation of hard working and hugely talented athletes who are inspiring a generation of younger people with their examples of hard work, talent and an ability to engage with people … [Read more...] about Meeting Nile Wilson, Don’t Try This At Home, The New Stars of Social Media and Why You Need to Assess Your Own View of Others
Here’s a thought I’ve struggled to articulate. That’s pretty unusual for me, as I can generally find a moment of inspiration that lets me open the door on most of my thoughts and sends me to a keyboard to capture the words at the most unusual of moments. What do I find objectionable about the term ‘social media influencer’? And why do I think the term doesn’t help anyone, either the brands, the consumers or even the ‘influencers’ themselves? Quite why I dislike the word ‘Influencer” … [Read more...] about Why The Word Influencer Needs to be Removed From Your Social Media Dictionary