The Vital Life rather than the Vanilla Life – Mike Pegg

“If you go to your grave without painting your masterpiece, it will not get painted. No one else can paint it. Only you.”  Gordon Mackenzie Mike Pegg writes about choosing vitality over vanilla (which is a little harsh on genuine, from-the-pod vanilla) and the work of Gordon Mackenzie – and reminds me that it’s been […]

Mike Pegg’s Positive Life

Remarkable people.  On his new blog, The Positive Life, Mike Pegg highlights the attitude of Alice Herz-Sommer, a gifted pianist of 103 who is also “the world’s oldest living Holocaust survivor”: a remarkable optimist. Mike Pegg is a thinker and a writer, a teacher and an ardent proponent of the Strengths approach.  He has spent […]

Mike Pegg’s Positive Life

Remarkable people.  On his new blog, The Positive Life, Mike Pegg highlights the attitude of Alice Herz-Sommer, a gifted pianist of 103 who is also “the world’s oldest living Holocaust survivor”: a remarkable optimist. Mike Pegg is a thinker and a writer, a teacher and an ardent proponent of the Strengths approach.  He has spent […]

Strengths and Mindset: Mike Pegg on Carol Dweck

Part of Mike Pegg’s Strengths Companion series, this is a great summary of Carol Dweck’s work on Mindset. Having read about the concept in Dan Pink’s Drive and heard the HBR web-cast, I’ve just bought Dweck’s classic book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. A growth mindset – a belief that brain, abilities and talent […]

The Satisfying Work Curve

Here is another gem from Mike Pegg (which I came across via Katie Ledger and Barrie Hopson’s Portfolio Careers site). You should read Mike’s article for a full explanation but I love the way it blends elements of Charles Handy’s Sigmoid Curve (The Empty Raincoat, 1994) with the Boston Consulting Group matrix approach.  Anyone (of […]

The Cottage, the Castle and the Cathedral

A nice post from Mike Pegg’s Strengths Academy blog which is very relevant not only for freelancers everywhere but for everyone. I particularly like the Christopher Vogler / Joseph Campbell resonance of the imagery. Where are you now?  Where do you aspire to be?  The Cottage, the Castle or the Cathedral? Personally, right now I […]

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