Author Archives: Andrew Halfacre

About Andrew Halfacre

I can help you figure out what you really want and recover the motivation to go after it.

A light in the darkness

For years the priests had copied the words. As each scroll wore out they’d make a new one, copying the words they knew meant hope: The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the … Continue reading

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Finished eating? Wash your bowl.

It’s the idea that you take care of the right things in the moment. Not later. Not tomorrow. No, right now. When you finish eating, you wash your bowl right away. When you finish writing on your computer, you close … Continue reading

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Could ‘Do What You Love’ be the worst advice?

Miya Tokumitsu looks at the popularity of ‘Do What You Love’ as career and life advice and has some hard questions: There’s little doubt that “do what you love” (DWYL) is now the unofficial work mantra for our time. The problem … Continue reading

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Immediate rewards better than long term goals

In a fascinating article on motivations for exercise, Jane Brody looks at some research into helping people maintain their motivation to exercise, a subject close to my heart: Though it seems counterintuitive, studies have shown that people whose goals are weight loss … Continue reading

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Not the only way

Whatever you’re facing at the moment, I guarantee there’s another way. If only you could stop bumping for a moment and think of it…

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Mistakes are the fertile ground for success

Ed Catmull on how Pixar movies develop and the development of their ‘Brains Trust’. Candor could not be more crucial to our creative process. Why? Because early on, all of our movies suck. That’s a blunt assessment, I know, but … Continue reading

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Goals which work

Diane often has the experience of being trapped in her house. She has no problem with getting to work and then getting back home to fix dinner, but after dinner and on the weekend she finds herself sitting around the … Continue reading

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How success can lead to failure

Greg McKeown: Why don’t successful people and organizations automatically become very successful? One important explanation is due to what I call “the clarity paradox,” which can be summed up in four predictable phases: Phase 1: When we really have clarity … Continue reading

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Keep a notebook

                    My favourite pocket notebooks, at the moment, are Field Notes.

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The Power Of Saying, NO.

This year finds me saying no more often. Here’s a great reminder from Tim Harford of why  “No” could be your best friend. Adopt a rule that no new task can be deferred: if accepted, it must be the new … Continue reading

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