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Personal Development

So you wanna be a firefighter?

How to Become a Firefighter Sounds like a career filled with action, doesn’t it? Being the hero of the day, running into smoke-laden buildings, rescuing the public from the burning flames, and being nominated for the Pride of Britain Awards. By the way, don’t expect to get any awards. As a fire fighter all the … Continue reading »

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Alexandria Agresta the Purpose Pioneer

I am very exited to announce the launch of my very first podcast called Alex Agresta the Purpose Pioneer. Alexandria Agresta is Chief Purpose Pioneer at Purpose Pioneers. Alexandria believes in creating purposeful communities where people feel a sense of belonging and are empowered to create real human connection. In this episode, Alexandra talks abut the … Continue reading »

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Three Reasons Why You Need a Coach

I’ve just “soft” launched my coaching company this year and there are three reasons why you need a coach: Personal Growth: Take advantage of those who’ve walked the path before you. There’s much to be learned from those who’ve been there and done it before us. Sure, times have changed over the years in how we … Continue reading »

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How to Deal with Workplace Bullies

I have just finished the last day of my Asia book launch at the Manila International Book Fair and many people were asking me after my talk, “How did you do it?” How did you manage to stay in your job after years and years of abuse and discrimination?” Well there is no ‘one size fits all’ … Continue reading »

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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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