Flying the seas!

I saw a presentation today where the orator described the industry within which a company was operating as being “the sea in which it was flying”. This concept puzzled me for a while as being an amateur pilot and even more amateur sailor, this didnt seem to make sense. See the below clip from the Clipper Round the World Race though….Roll out the barrel, we’ll have a barrel of fun!

I can’t wait!

Personality goes a long way

I’ve come to realise that writing a blog whilst doing an MBA and setting up a company has its challenges. I’m really not sure anyone is going to be interested in Strategy, Accounting, Marketing and the like and whilst I’d love to be writing about flying, sailing and adventuring, I’ve not been doing a lot of that lately…..so recently i’ve been researching “personality”, the traits there in and the restrictions of its study. Now in the immortal words of Jules we all know that “personality goes a long way” however what defines it and how is it measured? As I understand it, we all play roles and some of us games within those roles; however this does not constitute personality. Our behaviour is what defines us for sure, for example a pilot does not behave like a ballerina as this would clearly not be condusive to relaxed passengers! The image is amusing but still this does not give the pilot personality. Routine or habit is similarly not personality, this is learned over time and anyone can really learn a skill or habit. So personality it seems is really inferred by our actions to that which we are unsure, or in other words its the manifestation of our adaptation to life.

The fundamental nature of personality is such that it is clear that understanding the traits is important to understanding the personality as a whole. This whole, or accumulation, is what gives us character and never is this more complex than when it is flawed. As is the construct of nature, flaws are part and parcel of everything which thus gives every rule its exception. Ergo the study and compartmentalisation of that which is intrinsically random and therefore undefinable is arguably futile.

So if our personalities are what define us and the flaws within which make us unique, then lets celebrate our idiosyncracies! What do you reckon – too much caffeine?

Picture take in Outer Mongolia somewhere outside Ulan Batar 09/2010

KAL’s cartoon | The Economist

I havent been in Europe for a while now but the “crisis” there rumbles on unabated. It really baffles me why some can’t simply learn to live within their means. Also if you are not going to create your own wealth, retirement must surely be indicated by those that do. I’m not sure if that’s left or right or somewhere in the middle, to me its just common sense. Stepping off the soap box now 🙂 I really like this cartoonist!

A year ago today…

I made what I consider to be a monumental decision. I have stuck by that decision and although I have waivered in thought I have stayed true in action! Where previously I had tried and failed, this time I was determined to succeed. How many times had I failed…. probably more than 500, no exaggeration. Some of my inspiration came from this poem and it continues to contribute to my drive against adversity and certain issues I have been facing, because although I had failed so many times I said to myself – once more unto the breach…

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more,
In peace there’s nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility,
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger:
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,
Disguise fair nature with hard-favored rage!

So what am I talking about? One year ago today I gave up smoking for the 501st(ish) time and I have not smoked since! I’m as proud of that as I am ashamed and I think only an ex-smoker will be able relate to that. I was a dedicated smoker for 22 years but its clearly not sustainable and whilst the cynic in me says that clearly nothing is, sense started to prevail when the lungs started to fail. In case any of you would like to know how I did it, the only true answer is time and perseverance. This very statement though makes me wonder, does the person who gives up very quickly have greater will power than the person that keeps trying?

I used to be smokey the bear and I’m certainly not going to turn into non-smokey the unbearable, but here are some tips for those trying to give up or considering it. Cold, ice-cold that is, glasses of water are really good. Think Eddie Murphy in The Golden Child, make your mind/heart as pure as the water. Now that may sound crazy but it was in fact a pharmacist that recommended it to me and it really does help. There is something totally cleansing about ice-cold water, lots of ice is essential though and if it melts, get more!

The next thing is exercise, I’ve pretty much maintained a reasonable amount of fitness my whole life, with some ups and downs of course. Running however, especially in the mountains if you can find any, is an awesome cure-all. Bounding from rock to rock, conquering nature with your new found oxygen and zeal is tremendous and rids all thoughts the evil weed. So put some music on, declare war, think Henry V and rage against the pangs and anxiousness!

Naturally you’ve got to try to decondition your brain into thinking its an awful thing to do and not something you want to repeat. This takes years though and if you don’t have the time, I say cheat and use Champix! I’ve tried everything and this thing is really good, it somehow lobotomises the nicotine addiction area of the brain and you just don’t feel like smoking any more… anyone got any veras – just kidding! 🙂

The ridiculousness of some of our actions can be summed up thus: