5 Share – 17 Nov 2017

It’s the day before Saturday, that means the best is yet to come! That’s right, the best is 5 Share Friday, here again, only this time it’s in full blown Technicolor*

*Not really Technicolor

1. Quote I’ve been pondering this week “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. ” – John F Kennedy

2. I wrote to Seth Godin and he replied that same day (I didn’t expect one). He finished his reply with the advice “..go make a ruckus Marcus”. So after looking up the word ruckus I’ve discovered Seth has talked about this a lot, it’s great advice – check his blog

3. I was introduced to Asana app by a friend and colleague and have been experimenting with it for a couple of weeks now. Its great for action and task lists. Go check it out.

4. Something I’ve been keen on ever since listening to Debbie Millman on the Tim Ferriss podcast is my Ten year plan for a remarkable life. It’s not as easy as I thought it would be. I’ve had a few attempts over the last 6 months and finally after using this guide here I’m cracking it. This could be one of the most important things I do all year.

5. This week, I’ve been creating mind maps (I use Mindnode) and working on future blog posts. I’ve found that my creative flow for story writing is enhanced when listening to Bob Dylans essentials. I don’t know why, but he does sing poetry and his songs are stories themselves. Try it, your story juices will flow!


5 Share – 10 Nov 2017

TFI Friday! I don’t wish the week away, I just get excited for you guys as now you get to read 5 bits of internet awesomeness. You’re welcome.

1. Quote I’ve been pondering this week “Life itself is your teacher, and you are in a state of constant learning” – Bruce Lee

2. In my continuous exploration of music for productivity I’ve found this helpful article with Spotify playlists. So far the classical and video game choices are really good, I’m in the process of converting to Apple Music playlists. Check them out and get in the zone.

3. On the subject of music, the Purvis household has been dancing and singing to this tune from the Lego Batman movie,  especially at breakfast time. It does wonders getting everyone pumped up and feeling good before school and work, try it and get an instant smile early in the morning.

4. My wife found this great Lego set of Women of NASA . Great to see these iconic and influential women represented in Lego form, we’ll be buying this one for Christmas!

5. Book I’m reading: Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content. It’s broken into many chapters, each one for something different such as email, LinkedIn and blogging. A lot of the book is focused on improving writing and so I’m hopeful I’ll learn and improve this blog with the information in this great book.

5 Share – 3 Nov 2017

Hold up! It’s Friday? That means it’s 5 share day, where you wonderful people get 5 things that may change your thoughts or possibly even you life forever*. Sit tight and read on:

*Not guaranteed

1. Quote I’ve been pondering this week “What you think you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create” – Buddha

2. What I’ve been listening too for creativity and productivity boosts : Band of Brothers soundtrack. I first listened to this album for experimenting with creative mind boosts 10 years ago while on a creative writing course. It’s been my go to album to get those creative juices flowing ever since, try it and enjoy those ‘aha’ moments

3. I re-read my most gifted book ever this week- Together is Better: A Little Book of Inspiration – Simon Sinek. I’ve given this to more people than I’ve given the 7 habits of highly effective people and Victor E. Frankl’s Man’s Search For Meaning (both life changing books). Check it out, it’s super inspirational and a really great reminder of why we are here, it even has pictures.

4. Favourite blog post this weekSeth Godins The thing about maps – An insightful 20 second read that reminds us to have and remember our true North..

5. I enjoyed reading this article  the other day (https://i-d.vice.com/en_us/article/d3ppvy/when-jme-met-jeremy-corbyn)  about JME and Jeremy Corbyn.  The end paragraph resonated with me most (pasted below). It’s worth reading the whole thing, a 15 minute read.
“Perhaps the longest period in which pop culture has been dominated by the fantasy of stardom as salvation — the nu–glam 21st century — has finally started to crumble. Maybe it’s time to dream collectively again, imagine a kind of victory that condemns no one to be a loser. Who better to embody that shift than a leader who never wanted to lead, a man who has turned anti–charisma into an improbable form of glamour?”

5 share – 27 Oct 2017

Yikes, it’s Friday already, I better write down 5 interesting things for 5 share, or I could just list the 5 below, let’s do that and see where it takes us!

Quote I’ve been pondering this week “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life – It goes on.” – Robert Frost

Article I’ve read that I’ve gone back to multiple times this week: https://www.tonyrobbins.com/mind-meaning/empowering-beliefs/

I’m experimenting with not showering everyday, er, what? I hear you say…well it’s due to 2 things. I get up really early in the week and don’t want to wake my son who’s bedroom is next to the shower. The second reason is that Science is finding out  we shouldn’t shower each day in order to maximise the positive relationship our microbiome has for with us. What? Take a read here (5 minutes): https://www.inc.com/wanda-thibodeaux/take-a-shower-today-science-says-that-might-have-been-a-mistake.html

For the last 18 months I’ve been wearing a Bio Band on my wrist and using smart dots on my phone and around our home. The World Health Organisation has classed determining if there are risks to children’s health from exposure to EMF (mainly from phones and wifi) as a top priority and the science behind energy dots is compelling. I felt an immediate effect on my sleep and continue to wear one to this day (though some friends think I’m bonkers).

Every few years I revisit the writings of John Titor and this week I did it again. I have this book from many years ago and for those not familiar I’d recommend reading up on him here: http://www.johntitor.strategicbrains.com/

5 Share – 20 Oct 2017

5 share is here again! It must be close to the weekend I hear you say? Well yes, that’s what Friday does best, apart from 5 Share of course.

1. Quote I’ve been pondering this week “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” – Zig Ziglar

2. Donald Rumsfeld wrote a book a few years ago titled Rumsfelds rules (lessons in leadership..) It’s an ok read which I recommend (putting politics aside). In the book he describes his standing desk and ever since, I’ve wanted one myself, especially after reading The End of Illness ,which gives data on sitting down as something that can shorten your life. At Unity where I work, I now have a fabulous desk, one that I can sit down at or at the touch of a button stand at, yay!

3. This week I’ve been experimenting with meditation and music. I still use the Headspace app for the majority of my meditation (highly recommend it) though I’ve found that listening to Cora from the album The last of the Mohicans really sets me up for the rest of my meditation time. Even if you don’t meditate, it’s worth listening to this tune. It can make your hair stand up on end and switch your brain to instant relax mode. Those that have followed me for some time know I use the album The last of the Mohicans as a productivity tool, I still do this multiple times a week when I’m working.

4. Alan Page (who also works at Unity) is one of my favourite people to learn from when it comes to quality, testing and software engineering. He also shares 5 things each Friday, which is awesome and contains useful gems. I’d recommend checking them out: http://angryweasel.com/blog/

5. Lastly, this week I had what is now my favourite toilet encounter ever. On the way into the toilet at the office I bumped into Mike Cooper. He is a person I used to play Counterstrike with many years ago as well as work alongside on games like Harry Potter (where he was part of the production team). More recently he can be found working with Jamie Oliver, and I recommend checking out a few of his videos if you’d like to learn how to make the perfect coffee! https://www.jamieoliver.com/videos/how-to-make-a-latte-mike-cooper/

5 Share – 13th Oct 2017

It’s share time! Specifically 5 share time, where you (lovely readers) get 5 unbelievably life changing snippets of information to brighten your weekend and life*, it should also help stop any bad luck on Friday 13th**

*I hope **Not based on fact

1. Quote I’m pondering this week “For the first 30 years of your life, you make your habits. For the last 30 years of your life, your habits make you.” – From a Steve Jobs interview with Playboy magazine in 1985. This has me thinking about growth mindset and how I’ve been able to overcome some of the habits from my first 30 years. It takes some doing though I truly believe our minds are elastic.

2. Most profound read this week is the above mentioned interview with Steve Jobs: http://reprints.longform.org/playboy-interview-steve-jobs I sat in a restaurant and read the interview on my phone, it took an hour to read and digest and I ate my whole meal and drank half a bottle of wine at the same time. It’s a fantastic piece and will remain with me forever (book marked in my Evernote). I highly recommend making the time as it’s insightful and incredibly wise.

3. TV show I’m watching – This week my wife and I began watching season 2 of Designated Survivor: https://www.netflix.com/dk-en/title/80113647 an incredibly compelling show that like the West Wing has one of the best presidents the USA could ever have (this one is played by Kiefer Sutherland). I learned about great leadership in my late 20’s from watching the West Wing, now I’m upgrading myself by watching Kiefer play one of the greatest leaders on the screen at the moment – watch it too and get better.

4. A random Google search I did this week for the X files brought up a snippet from a book published many years ago. The book details a published magazine article where I explained how to get on the set of the X files in Vancouver (I actually did this and spent time with Gillian Anderson). I’m including here just because I’m still proud: https://books.google.co.uk/books=fancultures

5. A friend shared this satirical unofficial TED talk with me a couple of weeks back: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZBKX-6Gz6A and I watched it again recently. It’s hilarious and also has elements of how one can actually present with impact. Worth watching for smiles and lessons.

6 October 2017

It’s that time again, where you get more wisdom than you find in a classroom (maybe elementary more than University…) It’s later than usual as I’ve been away enjoying the British countryside this week, back on track next Friday, enjoy!

1. Quote I’m pondering this week – “All leaders must have two things: they must have a vision of the world that does not exist and they must have the ability to communicate it.” – Simon Sinek

2. Cryptocurrency is fascinating and a few weeks ago I took part in the pre sale of this ICO (initial coin offering) Genesis Vision, it’s interesting to me as not only have they received certification from the financial commission, they have spread out their ICO offering so that people have the chance to take part. Check out their website and make your own mind up.

3. A favourite dish in the Purvis household for a while now has been Bouddha bowl, thanks to the Buddha chef for this one. It’s truly delicious and highly nutrious, I’ve been craving this one all week and have just finished eating it, find it here: https://www.thebuddhistchef.com/recipe/bouddha-bowl/

4. Product I’ve been enjoying – Connecta baby is one of the greatest baby wearing products I’ve used. My wife baby wears and has some lovely slings and wraps though I find throwing on the Connecta easy as I don’t need to learn the art of wrapping. It receives rave reviews all over the internet and can be used for older toddlers too, check them out here: https://www.connectababycarrier.com/

5. Book I’m reading – Hit Refresh: Satya Nadella – an inspiring and really well written (lovely to read as it’s compelling and flows well) book about Satya’s journey and his leading the reinvention within Microsoft. Check it out here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30835567-hit-refresh