Author: pauldrury

Be The Change. Until You Decide Not To.

When you are looking at making a change in life, you owe it to yourself to give it everything that you have got. Certain motivational speakers suggest that you “be the change.” I guess this means that when you focus your mind on the person you would like to become, the process of becoming that…

By pauldrury 18/11/2019 Off

A Horror Story of Forgotten Dreams and Dust

Dust is a microscopic collection of fine decayed matter that has lost its purpose. Aged particles of hair and skin, fibres from textiles and pollen from plants, microscopic pollutants and deposits from far-away lands. Dust is the stuff that is surplus to requirements, that collects mournfully in forgotten corners to reminisce. Dust was something useful…

By pauldrury 15/11/2019 Off

Act Like an Underdog in Your Job Search

The weak sometimes win and the strong never learn. There is something incredibly powerful in adopting an attitude of humility at certain times in life. When you cannot know for sure that you are “the best,” it is arguably psychologically more beneficial to assume the mantle of the plucky challenger. In a job search, there…

By pauldrury 11/11/2019 Off

The Dangers of Gaming During Your Job Search

I assume that you are most likely long past the spotty teenager stage, but the fact remains that a huge percentage of “adults” are also easily seduced by the addiction of gaming. The thing is that gaming tends to get the endorphins flowing. I must admit that I play the odd game of Fortnite with…

By pauldrury 06/11/2019 Off

12 Ingredients of a Likeable Interview Story

Being likeable during an interview is a good starting point. However, unless you can convince your interviewers that you are likeable in your daily interactions with your colleagues, doubts may linger. The stories that you choose to tell during your interview are critical for demonstrating all sorts of competencies, but you should not forget to…

By pauldrury 01/11/2019 Off

Do You Ever Fantasise About a New Boss?

Every now and again, you get deliciously lost in your imagination. Sometimes the thoughts are so delicious that they almost seem real. Living in a fantasy world for any length of time is not to be recommended, but sometimes you just can’t help yourself. You. And your boss….. I’ll leave the rest to you. Except,…

By pauldrury 30/10/2019 Off

Being Late Is What Makes Me Great (Sometimes)

A Douglas Adams quote sticks with me every time that a deadline nears: “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing sound they make when they go by.” For anyone involved in creative or entrepreneurial pursuits, this is a familiar thought. If the idea or project isn’t yet ready, it simply hasn’t had enough time to…

By pauldrury 29/10/2019 Off

How to Unlock the Value of a Messy Job Search

People say that creativity thrives when boundaries are blurred and thought processes are disrupted. As a writer, I know that my best ideas come when I am not trying to think about them. When my mind starts off elsewhere, it has every chance of bringing me to that place of “yes, that’s it, I’ve got…

By pauldrury 25/10/2019 Off

The Never Ending Story of Light and Shade

There is a whole lot of drama in the world at the moment. Susie lost her unborn baby unexpectedly. Nick’s mum passed away after a long struggle with cancer. Julie quit her job and told her abusive boss to go ***k himself (that felt good). Chris found out that his wife was having an affair…

By pauldrury 23/10/2019 Off

Are You Ready? Does it Matter?

There is a first time for everything. There will be a second time for most things. How much more interesting would life be if we were all a little braver? If we had more experiences to learn from? If every knock-back made us even more determined to better ourselves? Better to “walk the walk” and…

By pauldrury 22/10/2019 Off

You Can’t Climb a Mountain in Ballet Shoes

The phrase “you can do anything you set your mind to” often comes with a whole heap of conditions that have to be met before it becomes your truth. You can do anything you set your mind to, if…. …. you have the mental strength to see it through. …. you have the required skills at your disposal. …. you…

By pauldrury 21/10/2019 Off

Be a Father First

Or, of course, a mother…. There are very few situations in life where you only have one chance. If you fail your driving test, you try again. If you get fired, the next job always offers potential salvation. Even marriage is sadly not so sacred these days, for some unhappy souls a “new model” is…

By pauldrury 18/10/2019 Off

Strangers Can Make or Break Your Life

During our childhoods, we grow up thinking that our family and friends will have the biggest influence on our lives. From an emotional support point of view, that may be the case. However, for the truly momentous moments, where your life can change direction in an instant, the difference between scaling the heights and falling…

By pauldrury 17/10/2019 Off

10 Words About Me

These #10wordsaboutme define me. Wordsmith. Restless. Doodle. Rebel. Solitude. Attitude. Social. Hawk. Waves. Daddy. Wordsmith For me, there is a definitive difference between the written and the spoken word. When I speak, I sometimes find it hard to engage my brain before I open my mouth, and I could definitely be a little more considered…

By pauldrury 15/10/2019 Off

How Right-Brained Storytellers Ace Interview

Tell me a story, paint me a picture and sing me a song….. The best interviews are multi-coloured voyages of discovery through your past, present and future. They appeal to the basic emotions of your interviewer – not by machine-gunning them into submission with endless facts and analysis, but by playing to their emotions, involving…

By pauldrury 14/10/2019 Off

Why it is Foolish to Expect an Internal Promotion

Your employer is paying you to do your current job because you are good at it. Over the period of your employment, you have built relationships, hit deadlines, smashed budgets, completed projects, shared ideas and added value. You feel secure in the knowledge that you are a worthwhile asset to your colleagues and bosses. It…

By pauldrury 10/10/2019 Off