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Who do you want ‘to be’ this January? Leave the rest…

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There we have it, the most magical and manic time of the year is done and dusted for another 11 months. Let’s take more than a sprinkle of the magic with us into this new year, bring on the 20s! On behalf of our entire team at Art of Brilliance, I would love to wish […]

Nudge the machine

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Have you ever been the wrong way around IKEA? If so, you’re already a deviant so you can skip this blog. But if not, why not? Next time, we dare you to go in through the main entrance, grab your yellow bag, notepad and tiny pencil, and turn LEFT. Yes, avert your eyes from the […]

Be the light

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When I’m doing the Christmas tree, the lights start off in a pile on the floor, awaiting their untanglement and drapery. I plug them in, with fingers crossed that they still work after 350 dormant days. Phew! They illuminate in a satisfying messy mass of colour with a big knot in the middle and then […]

Get UP. Stay UP.

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This time of year we hear a lot about Seasonal Affective Disorder, cleverly titled as an acronym that sums up its impact. SAD’s had a good run but I’m proposing an alternative – ‘UP’ – a syndrome experienced by a tiny minority of those carrying the virus of ‘Unbridled Positivity’. It’s a condition that I […]

Batman and the Saber-toothed tiger

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I’m proud to be part of the ‘BRILLIANT’ team. My mission – should I choose to accept it – is to deliver ‘The Art of Being Brilliant’ across America. I’ve not been this excited since I was seven. As a little boy, I would ride my bicycle all over the neighborhood wearing a sheet tucked […]

Summer reading doesn’t have to be a challenge…

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‘ZEST: How to squeeze the MAX out of life’ What it is ‘Zest’; nice word. Mouth-watering, in fact.   The dictionary matches it with zingy, enthusiasm, energy, gusto, eagerness, zeal and fervour. Or, even better, zest equates to passion, love, enjoyment, excitement and delight. It’s also connotes a tang, a sharpness. Plunge your teeth into […]

Andy talks to Jamie Smart on our April Podcast!

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In this episode Andy talks to one of his heroes, Jamie Smart. Jamie is a Sunday Times Bestselling author and keynote speaker. Andy talks to Jamie about his journey from stressed out IT project manager, to an international author and Guru of NLP, Positive Psychology and the 3 Principles. Download this episode Follow Jamie on […]

Leadership Dominos

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‘Leadership’ versus ‘management’ is a debate that’s been raging for a long time. The truth? They overlap. It’s messy. The reason this debate has got a little tired is because we have been asking the wrong questions. Try starting from here: Why does anyone work for their boss? And, why does anyone follow a leader? […]

Anti Bullying

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No, this is not ‘just another blog post’ on bullying. Everyone knows it’s horrible to be on the receiving end. Everyone knows that it doesn’t just affect the child, it affects the whole family. Everyone knows that they need to tell someone [a trusted someone]. Every good parent knows that the answer – the only […]

Why it’s okay for your children to fall flat on their face

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Brace yourself for oodles of the f-word. Dirty, rotten, stinking FAILURE. It’s a funny thing, failure. For a start, it’s not actually funny – when it happens to ourselves, that is. Given a choice, we prefer success to failure, any day of the week. So who the heck are the succeeders? The people who get […]