On success

To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch … Read more

The 5 minute favour

We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone. I recently read Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success by Adam Grant. In it, he mentions a concept utilised by the most interconnected person on LinkedIn – Adam Rifkin. Essentially, if you can help someone and it takes less than 5 minutes, you should … Read more


Ganbaru (頑張る lit., stand firm), also romanized as gambaru, is a ubiquitous Japanese word which roughly means to slog on tenaciously through tough times. The word Ganbaru is often translated to mean “doing one’s best”, but in practice, it means doing more than one’s best. The word emphasizes “working with perseverance” or “toughing it out.” Ganbaru means … Read more


Sisu is about taking action against the odds and displaying courage and resoluteness in the face of adversity. Deciding on a course of action and then sticking to that decision against repeated failures is Sisu We all find life tough at times. Things go wrong, disappointments happen, plans are ruined. True success comes from accepting those disappointments … Read more

Positive words

People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude. I love positive vocabulary. From Sisu to Ikigai to Pronoia, there are a ton of interesting words, sayings and concepts to help keep you positive, keep you focussed and keep you going. Aside from these exotic and foreign words, there are also a ton of … Read more