Harnessing the Power of Criticism

source “The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.” – Norman Vincent Peale My friends and I had the most hilarious conversation some time ago about the most horrible things/back-handed compliments and all-round mean things people have said to each of us over the…

Women@Work: Check Yourself

“It takes courage...to endure the sharp pains of self-discovery rather than choose to take the dull pain of unconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives.” ~ Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles" I wrote a lot of exams over the course of my law degree. Like…

Fear

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown” ~ H.P. Lovecraft Fear. Who hasn't been afraid? Not me. I have been afraid of many things: my mother's slap. Embarrassment. Heartbreak. Failure. Being inadequate. A pack of rogue stray dogs (long story). Herdboys who…

In Closing – Becoming

It took me a really long time but I finally finished Michelle Obama's book, Becoming. It was a heavy, multi-layered, slow read that required me to pause and think deeply a lot. I don't think it's everyone's cup of tea but despite some initial doubts, it turned out to be mine. About a third into…