A series of short articles on everything, from practical ways of getting things done, to how to handle your feelings and find peace in a hectic world.

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51. Handling Criticism

You have to have a lot of confidence to be able to accept criticism gracefully and productively. It's hard to know what is more difficult, dealing with criticism that is true, or criticism that is not, but either way it's important to separate the criticism from your emotional reaction to it. This week's tip is about those horrible experiences when you find yourself unexpectedly criticised or embarrassed. Time to get one out of the deep recesses of your mind, put it on the table and shine a bit of light on it. Once there were three blind men who were taken to meet an elephant. None of the men had ever experienced an elephant before. The keeper led the first man to the elephant and the m

49. Your Relationship With Money

We work for many different reasons, but there is one that we all have in common. Money. Even people who say their hobby is their job still expect to be paid for it. That's because, unless we have another source of income, we need to earn a living. This week's tip is about money and how we relate to it. It is an adapted extract from my book, Finding Square Holes. 'I've been poor and miserable, and I've been rich and miserable. Rich and miserable is better.' Burt Reynolds Money is a source of conflicting emotions for most of us. There is something a little dirty about money. In Europe we live in a culture where if you have it, it's not nice to flaunt it. Be casual about it. Be subtle ab