What's Service Got To Do With It?

Service is a really interesting word, particularly when it comes to personal and professional growth.  I think that service, being of service, and serving somebody are concepts that some people seem to have forgotten in many walks of life. 

Think about the last time you went to a cafe or restaurant, or even the last time you went to buy food, did you think about that experience in terms of service, and the service you were being provided? Or did you focus your energy on the lack of...

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My Teachers - Russell Brand

In the first part of his career Russell Brand was somewhat a controversial character. Initially he was a stand-up comedian, then he did some work for MTV, and he is best-known for his work hosting the Big Brother series on Channel 4. Brand’s life was very much laid out in the media  for us all to see. He has been openly promiscuous, drug taking, and an alcoholic. But more recently Brand, in my opinion, has become one of the most interesting philosophers of our time.  He...

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Where Are You Going?

Me - We are going out now. 

Mum - Where are you going?  

Me - Haleema wants to go for a walk. 

Mum - Where are you going? 

Me - Central London 

Mum - Where are you going? 

Marble Arch? Edgware Road? John Lewis? 

Me - Only Allah knows.

Mum - Where are you going? 

Me - Only Allah knows. 

Assalaamu alaykum 

… and I then left. 

Not knowing where you are going is a very empowering thing. And trusting that God has your back is...

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A Story of Vulnerability

Vulnerability is something that does not come easy to many people. I know this because I have tried to be vulnerable for many many years. From Brene Brown's work we all know that vulnerability enables us to be much more authentic and give more back to those who love and care for us, as well as those who we work with. We also know that being vulnerable is hard. 

Most people have been hurt at some point in their life, and the difficulty to be vulnerable seems to stem from that. It could be...

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The Ultimate Guide To Mentoring

Mentoring is a system of semi-structured guidance whereby one person shares their knowledge, skills and experience to assist others to progress in their own lives and careers.”  (University of Cambridge)

There are many different definitions of mentoring, which will vary depending on the context, as mentoring can occur in, for example, an education, industry or third sector environment.

Mentoring is not simply advising or passing on experience, it is also about motivating and...

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Where are you spending your energy?

Are you spending your energy working on a vision that isn't aligned with who you are? 
 
Are you sacrificing the beautiful life you could have because of someone else's agenda, or because you haven't spent time working on what is important to you? 
 
Don't set the bar to low by focusing on something that isn't right for you. 
 
Don't set the bar to high and be totally unrealistic. 
 
There is a huge range in between.
 
So where should you set what...
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