Month: January 2019

The Principle of Priority and swimming

In Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art he quotes the principle of priority that states: A) You must know the difference between what’s urgent and what’s important, and: B) You must do what’s important first. This is a principle I try to follow. Not only does it help remind you of your mission, it reminds …

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Visible and invisible advantages

In the sport of waterpolo, and I assume handball and a few other sports, a left-hander is worth more than a right-hander. Ambidextrous people are worth more than both combined, but the reason a left-hander is worth more is because the angle from which they shoot makes it much easier to score from the right …

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The unforgettable old men

Yesterday I was recording a radio show, Kiwi Radio with Yuka Kato, and Yuka told me this great analogy: There are four things that have a knack of rearing their ugly heads exactly when you forget about them: Earthquakes, fires, thunder and lightning, and the fourth one is my favourite: old men. Earthquakes and fires …

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When consideration isn’t consideration

Here in Shonai, people often stick to one lane when they drive, knowing that up ahead the lanes merge. This is fine, except sometimes they do it a bit too early and you get one very long line of cars in a two-lane street. Now, this is ok for me, because I just go in …

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Comparing yourself to others

You may have heard of the All Blacks, New Zealand’s national rugby team. Even if you haven’t, you’ve probably heard of something called sport. Well, the New Zealand All Blacks have the highest win percentage for any professional team in sport. 77%. That means they win more than three out of every four games. It …

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The right to complain

Does the phrase ‘Every Situation Is Different’ mean anything to you? This is the unofficial motto of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme, and describes how wherever you go in the country, you will be in a different position to someone else on the programme. In my case, I was sent to Shonai town …

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