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“I think the only reason I’ve had the career life that I’ve had is that someone told me some secrets early on about living. You can do the very best you can when you’re very, very relaxed, no matter what it is or what your job is, the more relaxed you are the better you are. That’s sort of why I got into acting. I realized the more fun I had, the better I did it. And I thought, that’s a job I could be proud of. It’s changed my life learning that, and it’s made me better at what I do.”

via: io9.com, Winnipeg Free Press

Bill Murray: “The more relaxed you are, the better you are”

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Do you know what your life’s work is?

It’s a daunting concept, isn’t it?

How do we take our life’s work into our own hands – as the tagline of this blog suggests – if we don’t know what it is?

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Surfing (offline) – pic by Fabian Kruse

Resurfacing after a few months in his offline hideout, Fabian discusses with Milo the beauty of creating in the real world, the importance of goals, what he has in common with David Hasselhoff and the improbabilities of ever becoming a professional kite-surfer (despite his involvement with Westend Surfing).

After a short interruption from a potential psychokiller, we touch on the issues of overworking for clients (perhaps leaving us with a boatload of money, but less time for our own work), public expectations, and the right balance between reflecting, reporting and actual, well, doing.

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2014-06-12 13.12.53-1I love to find new tips and tricks from books that I can apply in my own life so I was instantly attracted to the idea of being a ‘literary guinea pig’ for Canongate’s Nudge Your World series.

The first book in the series, Trying Not to Try: The Ancient Art of Effortlessness and the Surprising Power of Spontaneity by Edward Slingerland deals with a pretty complex but appealing concept borne out of ancient Chinese philosophy – that effortlessness and spontaneity can bring you freedom and attract success. I was more than happy to test that hypothesis for a week.

See a shorter version of this article over at the Canongate website, or read on for the full story.

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A couple of weeks ago I launched a Patreon campaign, funnily enough during the same week that they raised $15m of venture capital funding.

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I recently had the pleasure of meeting and chatting to Farnoosh Brock, the uber-prolific blogger and businesswoman behind Prolific Living and the author of The Healthy Smoothie Bible (just published this year) and The Healthy Juicer’s Bible, (which sold 30,000 copies last year!).

Farnoosh and her husband and business partner Andy live in the US but were visiting Edinburgh as part of a trip to Europe, so we met in the busy BrewLab coffee shop (on a rather dreich day).

Farnoosh shares tips on how to give yourself a complete health overhaul starting from ten minutes a day and the difference between smoothies and juicing.

Not only that but she explains how she juggles running four websites and a number of online courses helping people get promoted or change careers as well as keeping fit and healthy.

Oh yes, and she shares her fascinating background including moving to the US from Iran and the fact she can speak Turkish, English and German. I think you’ll agree that Farnoosh is one impressive lady.

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