May 8th, 2020

speaker, coach, consultant

Quote of the day

“I believe that there is one story in the world, and only one. . . . Humans are caught—in their lives, in their thoughts, in their hungers and ambitions, in their avarice and cruelty, and in their kindness and generosity too—in a net of good and evil. . . . There is no other story. A man, after he has brushed off the dust and chips of his life, will have left only the hard, clean questions: Was it good or was it evil? Have I done well—or ill?”
John Steinbeck, East of Eden

speaker, coach, consultant


Photo by Dollar Gill on Unsplash
Photo by Dollar Gill on Unsplash

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
Pablo Picasso

Everyone is creative.

Hardly newsworthy, I know.

But if you're driven to work outwith the creative sector or even, sometimes, within it, it's not long before your creative spirit is rubbed out — in some cases for good.

Or at least that's what it was like for me.

The standard question my parents would put to me when I was growing up was:

"What job are you going to do?"

And my stock answer (which used to drive them batshit crazy) was:

"I haven't got a clue."

This ping-pong went on for a few years until, one day, I suspect in a fit a pique, they said:

"We know what you need to do. Get a bloody trade."

And I said:

"I don't want to get an effing trade."

Not then, not now did I see myself working with my hands. Don't get me wrong: I've never had a problem with hard graft, getting dirt under my fingernails and mucking in when necessary, but I simply don't have the aptitude nor the skill to be anything like a carpenter or bricklayer. In short, if I'd relented to the pressure to simply get... a trade (as if it was as simple as that), I'd have been shit. I knew that then and the passing of years hasn't made my decision-making any less suspect.

What then did I do?

I drifted.

And drifted, and drifted some more, until I finally washed up at the shores of legal practice — I was 29 by now.

It didn't last — well, not really. 

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