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Personal Development

Get yourself ready for a great year ahead

During this time of year, it’s only natural for us to think about endings – but I’m always more interested in beginnings. Just as soon as this year’s holiday parties are wrapped, we’ll be thrown headlong into a brand new year – and a fresh opportunity to thrive. As you wind things down for 2016, … Continue reading »

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How running helped my firefighting career

I mentioned in my book ‘Firefighting from within‘ about running at a young age and now I want to share how it helped me as a firefighter. Running helps to get rid of excessive adrenalin and other stress hormones, boosts your mood and keeps you fit. Running is free, you can do it anywhere, and it … Continue reading »

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How I managed with dyslexia as a firefighter

When I started work as a firefighter, I wasn’t in a position where I had to do a lot writing for or to other people. At school I taught myself how to memorize things in a most amazing way, because I struggled to read. I listened very well in meetings and when I was briefed … Continue reading »

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UK has voted to leave the EU– What’s next?

Now that the UK has voted to leave the EU– What’s next? Here’s one possible outcome… In a similarly dramatic referendum 50 years ago, Singapore citizens voted to leave British colonial rule and join the new Federation of Malaysia. But following race riots that ran out of control, Singapore was expelled from Malaysia and left … Continue reading »

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The recent elections and power — two different things

I have more power than the recently elected Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan and the new Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. After all, I have dual residency in both the UK and the Philippines and the only power these two people have over me is Legitimate Power — let me explain… A president, mayor or prime … Continue reading »

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The 7 habits of highly effective coaches

As well as doing track and field athletics, boxing and basketball (point guard) at school, I also used to play football (soccer) for my school on the right wing. My job was to go outside the defender, cut the ball across from the byline and keep it low. I didn’t worry about anything else. I had … Continue reading »

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Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

One of the first personal development training that I was put through as a firefighter was a seminar that the London Fire Brigade put all their officers through called ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey is one of the most influential books in self-development. … Continue reading »

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What Everybody Ought to Know About Integrity

My trade union, the Fire Brigade Union, said this week that The Mayor of London has “serious questions to answer” after a man apparently leapt to his death to escape a fire in Camden Town, London early this week. That could be interpreted to mean that Boris Johnson’s recent decision to close down ten London fire … Continue reading »

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Psychology of Motivations

At last weeks book signing in London I read a passage about one of the most traumatic days of my firefighting career form my book ‘Firefighting from within’. The chapter is called ‘Psychology of Motivations’ and you can see it on this months video blog (vlog). To learn more you can check out my book “Firefighting from within”, meanwhile … Continue reading »

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You Don’t Have to Be a firefighter to be firefighter fit

Whilst going to a fire call once as a firefighter I was climbing the stars with my co-firefighter whom was also a bodybuilder in his spare time. We had our breathing apparatus donned and when we got to the top of the fourth floor and my co-firefighter was breathing so heavy I thought f–k he is … Continue reading »

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