How Do You Do It?

Everyone has a way. Their preferred method to prepare a salad, write a block of code, organise a meeting…

And if you’re like some1 people, your way is the ‘best’. Perhaps it is… but what if it isn’t?

Question your assumptions and take a look at how other people do things. There's a lot to learn.

  1. Most? I have on idea.

Peak Wet

This was a few weeks ago.

I cycled 100km, 80% of which was constant downpour.

At first an inconvenience, it wasn’t long before I reached 'peak wet' — so drenched that my clothes could hold no more water. And it didn't matter; I was at the edge and nothing could make it worse.

In fact I started to love it.

Perhaps when you’re fully immersed in what used to be a slight bother, the pain turns into the opposite.

“That’s not a normal reaction.”

If people say that, good. Then you’re on a different boat, and people start noticing. You have stories to tell, ideas to share.

Smile when your bag gets stolen. Laugh when your bike gets peed on.

Use your emotions, not the other way around.

One Cook Wonder

It's easy to occasionally follow a recipe and create a stunning meal for your family. You'll be thanked, applauded, and heralded as a "wonderful chef." You may get an 8/10, maybe a 9 if you're lucky.

It's much harder to be the parent who does what they can, day after day, to fashion a meal for everyone. It may only be a 7, but at least you’re not going to bed hungry.

By all means praise the one cook wonder — positive reinforcement is marvellous, but let’s not forgot about the person who does it every day.

The Smaller One

Here’s an idea: when ordering food or drinks, and you’re stuck between 2 or more size options, choose the smaller one. If it’s on your mind anyway, maybe you don’t need that large, venti or jumbo.