Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Pressure and stress are not the same…


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This is going to be a short blog because I’m under pressure! The particular pressure I’m under is “good pressure” and is largely self-inflicted. As markets grow more difficult and opportunities for growth become harder to find in a shrinking or barely-growing economy, my response is to put myself under good pressure and it’s paying off now as it always has in the past.

Not settling for a comfortable workload is a key part of growing a business and an attitude which I advocate to clients all the time. It improves your attitude, makes you necessarily more efficient as careful time planning is vital and – BIG ADVANTAGE – it bolsters your image and gives you an aura of success which your down-in-the-mouth competitors lack! As you motor from one job to the next, it is virtually impossible to show the world dead eyes or to look as if you are out of the game.

 I see a lot of dead eyes these days in people who mistake “stress” for “good pressure”. Don’t pander to stress would be my advice. Don’t even name it - just get on with your business under the serene influence of “good pressure”. Once you’ve started you won’t look back…


 PS This blog took 30 minutes to conceive, tidy up and push out. The positive effects of the work will far outlast a paltry half hour, as I’m sure you can imagine.


Thursday, 4 October 2012

National Poetry Day 2012

For National Poetry Day 2012 – I have penned the following contribution:

What’s the good of poetry if you don’t read it or say it aloud?
It’s for posh people and arty types – not ordinary folk from the crowd

Actually – I disagree! The whole point of it is it’s specifically for you and me!
Don’t worry about rhyme – assonance is not a crime

Do it tongue in cheek – just be sure you have a good time!

Jeff Hardman