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The Polar Explorer

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What I teach, and coach is not complicated at all.  It is simple, however, just because it is simple does not mean that it is easy.
I am interested in what motivates people, why some people achieve their goals and others don’t.  What success means to the individual and how some process models, persistence and GRIT* (or whatever you want to call it) can help people achieve success.
Ben Saunders is one of the world’s leading polar explorers, and a record-breaking long-distance skier who has covered more than 6,000 km (3,700 miles) on foot in the Polar Regions since 2001.  I listened to part of Ben’s podcast on the TED Radio Hour (http://www.npr.org/programs/ted-radio-hour/463070512/to-endure) where he talked about his three-and-a-half-month journey (with his colleague Tarka), across Antarctica.  THE LONGEST EVER POLAR JOURNEY ON FOOT. Most of us will never attempt or experience anything like this, however, I believe there are some parallels we can draw between what endurance athletes d…

Curse you Steve Jobs

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Before the 11th of July 2007, when the first iPhone started shipping, we didn’t have access to smart phones.  Those devices which have been designed to make our life easier, more organised and connected. So how come sometimes I feel like we’d be better off without them?
We now have so many ways to connect; the old faithful email, Instant Messaging, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp, Skype, etc.  And even better, not only do you have a smart phone in your pocket, giving you access to the world 24/7, you can now buy a watch that does the same thing. 
So, on the beach, at the movies, in bed you’re never offline - if you’re like me, you find this a little depressing. 
According to the Deloitte Global Mobile Consumer Survey (2016), 61% of us check our phones within 5 minutes of waking up https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/us/Documents/technology-media-telecommunications/us-global-mobile-consumer-survey-2016-executive-summary.pdf Another study by ReportL…