I’ve changed careers twice already and I’m not even 30 yet. I see that as a badge of honor. Evidence that I’m trying to do what’s right by me and not settling for what comes to me.
The first time I quit my job was brutal and I was guilt-ridden for so long.
I was a doctor working in the NHS.
I worked for two years before I decided that the constant anxiety, disillusionment, and being unhappy was too much for me to live with.
It was difficult to come to terms with my decision because I had worked so hard to become a doctor. It had taken me years, literally more than half of my lifetime. Every decision had been predicated on how it would affect my chances of being accepted into medical school. My GCSEs, A-levels, all the ‘extracurricular’ activities that I did for the sole purpose that it would look good on my application. …
I used to be a short distance runner. That’s probably a little misleading. What I should say is, back in high school, I used to run short distances really well. I didn’t like long-distance running, I thought I wasn’t made out for it. I was lying to myself.
10 years on and I wasn’t doing any type of running, short or long. I had a car and lived in a city that was chronically wet so truthfully, I didn’t even walk that much either. On all fronts, I was doing the bare minimum.
I decided to start running again so I used the ‘Couch to 5K in 9 weeks’ app for the nth time. I usually lost steam around week 2. …
I recently read Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Professor Robert B Cialdini¹. The New York Times Bestseller was published in 1984 and was based on 3 years of research and undercover work. The title definitely intrigued me: how do you become more persuasive?
Here are 7 examples that are easy to use and the reasoning behind them.
Professor Cialdini explains that when we want to make a request, we should provide a ‘because’. For example, if you needed to jump in line at the supermarket, saying something like: “please can I jump in front of you because I only have two items” is more likely to get you the outcome than “please can I jump in front of you.” …