I saw this poem on the wall of a Brighton coffee shop, and thought it was really great and had useful advice for business leaders and teams. Poetry isn’t the usual place to go for advice for work and business but I'll take inspiration where I find it! Written by Max Ehrmann in 1927, it is still relevant. Modern life is full of pressure, add to this the stress and anxiety of running a business and it is no wonder that most people struggle sometimes. Adopting these simple life rules will help you stay motivated and feel calmer. I love the last bit especially.
Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
I came across this article in the Guardian about sperm whales stranded on the German coast, a few weeks after a similar stranding near Skegness on the east coast of the UK.
These strandings show us the results of our plastic-oriented society. Animals inadvertently consume plastic, and they suffer because of it.
If we could see the effect of what we're doing, we'd stop doing it, wouldn't we?
The Art of the Bow Drill
It was a beautiful sunny spring Sunday in Stanmer Park, Brighton. Perfect for learning the art of the bow drill in our Wild Fire Masterclass, led by Robert Fallon of Wild Nature.
Making a fire by rubbing two sticks together is more than a fun project, it’s also the most reliable way to start a fire - and anyone can do it - once you know how.
Imagine you're lost in the woods on a camping trip. You have no matches or lighters and it’s getting dark. Using a bow drill - an ancient way of creating hot friction between two pieces of wood - you can make a fire with relatively easy-to-find materials.
Author & Curator
Nigel Berman is the founder of School of the Wild.