The Musings Of An Opinionated Sod [Help Me Grow!]

Start The Week On A High [Score]

So a client of ours has an arcade machine in their reception.

I say ‘game’, but it’s much more like a social definer … separating the haves from the have nots.

Any minute of the hour, you see people congregating there to test their gaming chops.

Pushing themselves to be better.

To rise up the ranks.

To be the eventual champion.

Except when I walked into that clients building, a new sheriff was in town.

Sure, I looked a bit knackered.

Sure, I am more ball shaped than athlete.

Sure, I made sure every meeting was as short as possible so I could play on that machine.

But as you can see from the picture above, I proved that in the field of sports it’s not how you look, it’s how you perform and I performed like the crap arcade game champion I truly am.

Let this achievement give all old dogs out there the belief that 2019 isn’t a year they need to learn new tricks, but to simply challenge the whippersnappers to games that don’t matter and they don’t care about.

Which means this post is ultimately a strategy lesson on repositioning.


When We Talk Of Heroes, JK Rowling Is One Of My Biggest …
October 5, 2018, 6:15 am
Filed under: A Bit Of Inspiration, Attitude & Aptitude, Empathy, Legend

It’s been a great first week for me at R/GA, so I’m going to do something crazy and end the week on a positive.

JK Rowling is a hero of mine.

Not just because she got more kids to read books than all government education departments put together.

Not just because she created a story that addresses issues kids may face and help them believe they can beat it.

[EG: Voldemort is based on the feelings you get when suffering ‘depression’]

Not just because she persevered when everyone around her was turning their back on her.

Not just because she’s smart, funny and stands up for what she believes in.

But because of this …

If it’s not amazing enough that she made over a billion pounds from her work, I find it even more amazing that she is no longer a billionaire because of her charitable donations.

But the thing that makes me smile is that Forbes describes her loss of billionaire status as ‘falling off’, when I am pretty sure if you asked JK Rowling, she would say ‘intentionally demoted herself’.

At a time where many people are given ‘hero’ status, JK Rowling is one of them that I think is truly worthy of that title.

How’s that way to end the week!?