Author: Martin Thompson

A three-hour workday because of AI

In the 1930s, the economist John Maynard Keynes suggested that in a hundred years’ time, we’d all be working 15-hour work weeks or a 3-hour workday because of advances in productivity. Keynes predicted that we’d all have a lot more leisure time due to our material needs being met. Interestingly, he also referred to the “Man’s dilemma” of knowing what […]
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17 questions that unlock your personal values

Personal values
My previous article discussed how values could make or break your career. In this follow-up article, I will cover identifying your values. First of all, it’s worth reflecting on how our values develop. Your personal values can be shaped by your culture, family, upbringing, friends, community, education, personal experiences, media, influencers or role models. I recently chatted with my nephew […]
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How clarity over values can make or break your career

When embarking on a career transition or considering what career to pursue, I believe assessing your values and strengths is the first foundational step. In this article, I’ll outline the power clarity over your values can deliver for your choices – potentially making or breaking a career. In a follow-up article, I’ll cover how to discover your values. What are […]
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Little-known ways to harness your intuition

Little-Known Ways to harness your intuition
When I started my mid-life awakening in October 2021, I remember receiving two standout pieces of advice: “Carve out time in your diary to think,” said Dan Stanley. “All the answers you need are inside your head; you just need to be quiet enough to hear them,” said Jonathan Edwards. Wow, Looking back, how spot-on these guys were. These gentlemen […]
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Motivating people at work, time to rethink carrots and sticks

We’ve covered how people are motivated at work in previous posts. External things that happen as a result of work (Salary, perks, recognition) drive some people, whilst the satisfaction of the work itself guides others. See “Jobs, Careers and Callings” and “How to harness true inner direction and ignore ego-driven goals”. So I was keen to read Daniel H. Pink’s […]
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10 ways you are held back from changing careers and going after what you were REALLY meant to do

If you are a mid-career professional in an established role, don’t be surprised if you face a little resistance to changing careers! The 10 elements below might prevent you from pursuing a calling and ending any frustration you might feel with your current role. Some common challenges include: 10 ways you are held back from changing careers Fear of the […]
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How to harness true inner direction and ignore ego-driven goals

Ego driven goals
In a previous post, I mentioned how a person’s occupation can be a job, career, or calling. In summary, I said that a job is something you do for money, a career offers recognition and progress, and a calling involves a strong sense of purpose, it lights you up. Read more about the three types here: Within these three […]
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Book Review: Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

The world observed Holocaust Memorial Day this week. A day chosen, on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust. As the world reflects on this savage event in history, I recalled “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl. It is one of my all time favourite books, a deeply personal and profound exploration […]
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From Abatoir to Free fall, the power of your Why

the power of your Why
University of Bedfordshire, 1994 The power of your Why It’s my first semester at University when I stumble across a noticeboard advert for a charity parachute jump. Signing up for it would have meant eating into about a month’s worth of my meagre living allowance. So I had to find a way to scrape the money together.
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