Adam Barratt

Wordsmith & wanderer. Renegade writer, adventurer, reader, walker & occasional runner. Finding funny, fitness & fiestas… in the Canary Islands & beyond! 😜

Canary Islands, Spain

Joined in 06, 2017
· 6. Mar 2024

What can we learn from this classic tale of Babylonian riches?Here we have one of Told in the style of a collection of parables set in ancient Babylon, it follows the antics of Arkad who started off a poor scribe, and became said richest man. We get some of Arkad's advice including the Put together back in the 1920s it's still as relevant today as it ever was, as these principles don't change, although the medium of exchange and methods may differ. And it comes at you from the angle of a story, rather than just blurting out flat advice, it gets into our psyche and is one step removed so can slip under the radar and be an enjoyable yarn too. Babylon was known to be the richest city of its day, and here we can tap in to some of that timeless wisdom and perhaps help fill our own 'purse'…SourceKey quotes from the book followed by my thoughts…To bring your ambitions and desires to fulfillment, you must be successful with money.It's a fundamental requirement of life. You may not like it, but it doesn't change the fact that you need money in order to live a decent life, the way things are set up. Yes, things can be altered over time and we may live in a post-monetary society in the future, but for now, we need to learn how to play the game and do it well. This not only improves our own lives (and those around us), but builds our influence so we can actually affect the way the world works, and use our own wealth positively. Without it, we can't do all that much if we're just worried about our next meal or making rent.You first learned to live upon less than you could earn. Next you learned to seek advice from those who were competent through their own experiences to give it. And, lastly, you have learned to make gold work for you.The old idea of your outgoings being less that your income is pretty obvious but still we need to be reminded

· 4. Mar 2024

"How to build word of mouth in the digital age"How to get ideas to catch on and spread? That's the key question that gets looked at here, and more specifically how it works and what we can do in the digital realm. Berger is a professor and author, specialising in word of mouth, social influence, consumer behaviour, and all that good stuff. I must admit I wasn't familiar with the author before this, but I've since realised he's got some great work out there, so will be doing a deeper dive. As for this book, I ironically got it during the pandemic as the title caught my eye. I think there was an offer on Kindle too and I thought 'all this talk of contagion - it's a sign!' And of course it looked an interesting read.The book is based around an acronym and 'system' which helps to cement the knowledge and give us a framework to operate from. If we follow these 'stepps' (extra p) then it can take us to where we want to go. Have some, most or even all of these in unison and we should have ourselves a winner. Without further ado, let's get in amongst it…SourceHighlights from the book followed by my thoughts…The Tipping PointThe Tipping PointMade to StickAnother book referenced by Chip and Dan Heath, I guess the chief 'difference' is that 'Made to Stick' is about getting ideas started and on the move, whereas 'Contagious' is about them taking off from that point and spreading like wildfire. There will be similar ideas in each, as well as some fresh material. STEPPSHere we are, the framework that we can follow to get those ideas to work. They're all below but for

· 3. Mar 2024

"Turning simple disciplines into massive success and happiness"Here we have a book on those incremental improvements that add up to huge gains down the line. Almost non-existent at the time but daily habits that you can't fully appreciate the magnitude of until you look back.Much in the same ilk as It's not the big things we do, but the smaller things added up over time that make the difference. They're quite easy to do - and therein lies part of the problem – but they're also easy This means that they are underestimated and almost shunned whilst we look for the BIG thing that will get us to where we want to go. But there isn't really a big thing (sure, some things move the lever more than others and have their place, but they can't be relied upon) and only these seemingly innocuous actions subtly move that needle. Everything matters. Ok, let's pick out a few quotes…SourceA few of my highlights from the book followed by my thoughts…There are two prevalent types of attitudes: entitled and value-driven. A value-driven attitude says, “What can I do to help you?” An entitled attitude says, “What have you done for me lately?” An entitled attitude says, “Pay me more, and then maybe I’ll work harder.” A value-driven attitude says, “I’ll work harder, and then I expect you’ll pay me more.”Giving first before expecting to receive. In fact, not having expectations at all but doing the right thing and offering value upfront. Too much entitlement won't get you anywhere but being of service and letting that speak for itself will be helpful to all. Babe Ruth not only set a world record for home runs, he also led the league in strikeouts.The old classic of the more hits you try, the more you'll get… but also the more you'll miss. It's a pure numbers game. We talked a bit about 'failure' in the [last B

· 1. Mar 2024

"How to stop chasing perfection and start living a richer, happier life"Ah yes, that strive for perfection. As unattainable as that is, that is what many people aspire to and it never ends well. It can't. We can strive for excellence for sure, but nothing can ever be 'perfect' and we need to embrace that…That's the short version anyway, and Tal jumps into all this and more in the book. Ben-Shahar is a psychologist and Harvard professor who taught one of the most popular classes ever at that university. He's also the author of the book 'Happier' amongst other works. Having said that, it turns out there is a positive form of perfectionism in the author's eyes. There's the unhealthy version which borders on neurotic and is just plain bad for all. Then there is the 'healthy' version which he calls an That would be an optimist (in the true sense, not spilling over into delusion territory) and also one who wants to be at their optimal and get the best out of themselves and the situation. They embrace reality and don't try to fight it, but work with it.Too often the perfectionist (unhealthy) does not face reality and lives in a state of delusion and unhappiness. They will never quite get there. The optimalist sees the situation as it is and does all they can to make the best of it, striving for amazing outcomes whilst realising they'll never hit perfection. Let's jump into a few quotes…SourceHighlights from the book followed by my thoughts…Abraham Maslow, “By protecting himself against the hell within himself, he also cuts himself off from the heaven within.”This is one of those paradoxes (or quandaries) where you try so hard to protect yourself from all that's bad, then 'throw the baby out with the bath water' by blocking out much of the good too. You've built a fortress to keep out the bad guys, but then the good guys are locked in. You need to be open to receive both. You are of course going to minimise the negative all you can, but remain open and receptive enough to invite all the good that's out there. Maybe you take a hit in the process but that's ok. It'll be worth it. **The theory of cognitive dise

· 28. Feb 2024

Why passion, perseverance and resilience are the keys to success…Here we have a gritty little number from a psychologist and researcher who essentially created this particular field of study, and is the leading expert in this area… that being We've heard the word I'm sure, but what does it really mean in this context and what can we glean from Duckworth and the book?Well, there's a lot going on here and much discussed but it all boils down to perseverance – continuing doing what needs to be done long after the initial excitement has worn off and setbacks appear.The question becomes then, how can we cultivate more of that for ourselves? Let's see what Angela has to say…Great quotes from the book followed by my thoughts…“The first ten thousand pots are difficult,” he has said, “and then it gets a little bit easier.”Talking to a potter; a true craftsman. Anything to start with is quite difficult and then things get easier and more enjoyable as you master it. Of course there may be a plateau but you feel more at ease as you go. Point here is it may well take a while to get to some sort of competence and you need to keep going past the initial stages to ever get there and see what's truly possible. Cal Newport talks about this in The only thing that I see that is distinctly different about me is: I’m not afraid to die on a treadmill. I will not be outworked, period. You might have more talent than me, you might be smarter than me, you might be sexier than me. You might be all of those things. You got it on me in nine categories. But if we get on the treadmill together, there’s two things: You’re getting off first, or I’m going to die. It’s really that simple.A quote from Will Smith. Making a decision about who you are and how it's going to be, then doing everything necessary to win… and not stop until it's done. This will separate you from the majority by far. Eighty percent of success in life is showing upMaybe even more. People drop out along the way, so just by virtue of