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Counter intuitive results from personal data

Unfortunately in society when we talk about fitness or getting fit, we often think of something like this:

Lying in a pool of sweat is not your goal starting out. Photo by Victor Freitas on Unsplash

It will make all the difference to your chances of success

Just this week I wrote about how we should stop telling people to exercise and instead encourage them to do things that are fun instead. I stand by that notion and think it’s the best solution for the vast majority of people out there who don’t love exercise for its own sake. That said, many people want to jump in and give the gym, running, or something else that wouldn’t be considered “fun” a try so they can improve their health and fitness.

The problem with this is that many people do the exact opposite of what they should: they…

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The narrative is completely wrong

Here’s a layup question for you: what do the new Star Wars trilogy, Ghostbusters, Terminator: Dark Fate and the latest reboot of He-Man have in common? The answer, of course, is that existing fans of those franchises hated them and made that hatred known loudly and clearly. Cue the complaining by those involved in the movies (usually the director) that the fans are bigoted, sexist and just can’t handle the fact that there are females in them.

Now, I’m not even going to bother addressing those claims, because they are nothing more than a strawman to paint the fans as…

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There’s a far better way to get people active again

I’ve been an athlete since my parents first put me into swimming squads at the age of 10. Since then I’ve never had an issue staying in shape — in fact, my issue was always training too much because I loved the sports I competed in to the point I could shut everything else out. I’m now forty, and I still love training…

Unfortunately, Covid changed all that.

All of a sudden, I couldn’t go out to the climbing gym, couldn’t coach my daughter’s judo class, and I couldn’t train at my local gym either. Training became a chore, because…

Source: Georgia National Guard.

It’s probably much worse than you realize

One should not be envious of someone who has prospered by unjust deeds. Nor should he disdain someone who has fallen while adhering to the path of righteousness. One should have insight into this world of dreams that passes in the blink of an eye. — Imagawa Sadayo

If I asked you how honest you are on a scale of 1–10 right now, odds are you’d answer pretty high. You might be a little bit honest and admit that it’s not quite a ten, but there’s no way you’ll mark yourself on the lower end of the scale. If I…

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And that it might be time to come back to normalcy

If there’s one thing that the last four years of Trump, BLM and Covid has shown us, it’s that there are people pushing further and further to the extremes of the political divide every day. On an every day level, extremists pollute the political discourse and steer us away from sensible decisions that benefit the majority of society. That on its own is bad enough.

On an escalated level, it’s responsible for some of the worst crimes against humanity, because when you’re on the extreme, you can justify almost anything. …

Those awful productivity bros. I just can’t even with them anymore! Photo by Anthony Tran on Unsplash

My big problem is with some of the snobbery around here lately

If there’s one thing that I detest, it’s snobbery around what one consumes — especially when it comes to writing. I see a lot of commenters around here lately talking about how basically everything is shit except what they like to read, as though they’re the arbiters of all that is good when it comes to writing. One comment in particular that I seem to read (and I paraphrase) over and over again though, really epitomises this snobbery…

I’m tired of all the productivity bros around here

So first of all, this is Medium, it’s not The New Yorker. The…

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Want to stop that? Here’s how.

We’ve all heard the stories, we’ve all read the articles. Amazon treats its workers appallingly, in what some would say is downright Dickensian for our time in history. Timed bathroom breaks, delivery standards that can barely be met, not to mention the practice of laying off lower tier workers every 3 years to ensure they don’t get too comfortable. That’s just at the bottom — and while the upper echelons might be more comfortable in the physical sense, they’re far more cutthroat.

Amazon move into a new town, swallow up all the workers, treat them like garbage and that becomes…

Einstein’s desk. Here’s a clue: you’re not him. Source JD Rucker at Flikr.

Don’t believe the hype that messiness=genius

There’s been a myth out there for a while now that having a messy desk helps you be creative, that it’s even a sign of genius. Supposedly, a bunch of psychological studies bear this out as well, meaning that anyone that has a clean working space has no creativity and must be like Michael Douglas’s character in the movie Falling Down.

Queue all the lazy people with messy desks now thinking that they’re somehow some kind of genius just because they can’t keep it tidy.

Look at this self-congratulatory asshat:

“So if your work area, like mine, is usually a…

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So your employees don’t hate you for wasting their time & sanity

Tell me if this sounds familiar: you have a team meeting booked in your calendar that goes for 2–3 hours. You walk into the meeting room and see a bunch of whiteboards with markers next to them. Brainstorming. Oh dear God. You stifle the urge to groan as loud as Homer Simpson when Lisa suggests a trip to the museum. “Just play the game and act like you want to be here,” you think to yourself. Make it look like you’re contributing and really engaging in the process, even though it’s about as pleasant as a colonoscopy minus the anaesthetic.

Pete Ross

𝘼𝙪𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙧, 𝙤𝙘𝙘𝙖𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙡 𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙧. 𝘼𝙩𝙝𝙡𝙚𝙩𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙨𝙤𝙡𝙙𝙞𝙚𝙧 𝙞𝙣 𝙖 𝙥𝙧𝙚𝙫𝙞𝙤𝙪𝙨 𝙡𝙞𝙛𝙚.

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