It's Okay Not to Be Passionate About Your Day Job
Today's workplace seems to be much more than just a marketplace
The Importance of Failure
Any start-up exists because it is trying to achieve product-market fit
"You can be the best experimenter in the world but you still can’t control the results. You can only become better at influencing certain variables and reducing the time it takes you to synthesise the results into an action plan..." READ
Overcoming the Overachiever's Quarter-Life Crisis
If the answers were easy, there would be no stories to tell
"The more stories I hear, the more I realise that an impasse makes it is easy to feel anchorless, yet I am reminded by our members on a daily basis that we are lost only until we search for what may have been inside us all along..." READ
Escape the City
Escape the City is a global community of corporate professionals who want to do something different with their careers. As their first non-technical hire, I helped to launch their education initiatives in London. I found myself quasi-counselling top graduates from some of the world’s leading universities, bright millennials who had followed all the rules, gotten “safe” and “sensible” jobs, then found themselves feeling lost. Accidentally moonlighting as their makeshift therapist inspired me to train as a coach. I co-designed and delivered a career change workshop series called "Do Work You Love" as well as producing the inaugural Startup MBA (delivered by Y combinator alumni), which gave members the confidence and skills to start their own business.
I co-founded yMedia in 2007, which went on to become an award-winning social enterprise supported by Microsoft, IBM, and Saatchi & Saatchi, producing digital campaigns for charities around New Zealand. This led to running global conferences with X Media Lab; helping to launch General Assembly's London campus; producing this e-book for a government agency; writing reports for Xero; training the New Entrepreneurs Foundation (among others) in social media; producing websites for Pearson; and leading the digital arm of Peace One Day in collaboration with Blue State Digital (the communications firm responsible for coordinating President Obama's online fundraising and social networking).
Who I've worked with
My books are based on years of helping smart (and frustrated!) professionals from the following companies.
Practical, actionable strategies for change
I came up with the LEARNER™ framework to sum up my observations on transition psychology. When feeling stuck, what I saw work for Escape members was the process of asking these questions:
L = LESSON (How is this an opportunity?)
E = EXCAVATION (Where is it coming from?)
A = ALIGNMENT (Which values win?)
R = RESISTANCE (What are the obstacles?)
N = NOVELTY (Which experiments will help?)
E = ENTERPRISE (Is this financially viable?)
R = RENEW (Which metrics matter?)
Why we avoid what matters
I produced this video with Rob Archer, a leading London-based career psychologist who introduced me to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
ACT can help any challenging period become an opportunity for growth. I help clients to increase their psychological flexibility.
How to Change Your Mind and Your Life
"A more constructive explanatory style for interpreting your behavior, and experience the benefits of a more positive interior dialogue. These skills can help break up depression, boost your immune system, better develop your potential, and make you happier."
Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career
"A powerful model for career reinvention. Career change is not a step-by-step linear process—it’s crooked and takes much longer than we think. Nor is change the result of one big event. Rather, many small steps add up to a successful change."
The Defining Decade
Why your twenties matter & how to make the most of them now
"Our "thirty-is-the-new-twenty" culture tells us the twentysomething years don't matter. Some say they are a second adolescence. Others call them an emerging adulthood. Dr. Meg Jay, a clinical psychologist, argues that twentysomethings have been caught in a swirl of hype and misinformation, much of which has trivialized what is actually the most defining decade of adulthood."
So Good They Can't Ignore You
Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
"Matching your job to a preexisting passion does not matter, he reveals. Passion comes after you put in the hard work to become excellent at something valuable, not before. In other words, what you do for a living is much less important than how you do it. Cal Newport's clearly written manifesto is mandatory reading for anyone fretting about what to do with their life."