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Bernie J Mitchell
Blogger | Podcaster | Freelance Interview Journalist
Blogger | Podcaster | Freelance Interview Journalist


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In this post, I’m going to share with you the next 12 months of my podcast plan for my website, before I am even ready to go.

Even just writing that hurts.

The next 12 months are about “how to find your voice” something I have been procrastinating on for years.

Leading with a “find your voice” topic is hard for me.

I always think I should have 'found my voice’ before talking about how you might find yours.

But both of those are wrong.
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Last week I shared about the one easy thing you can do to make you come alive, and this has been drilling my head all week.

What Is The One Thing?
The one thing is 'stop complaining'. But it is more than that; it is 'go on a no complaint diet' an idea I picked up in 'The Power Of No' by Claudia and James Altucher.

I got this book as soon as it hit the shelves in 2014, I used to say yes to everything, and it was killing me.
Since I first had a go at this in 2015, I have come to think it is the ultimate productivity tip, and it's free!

How Does That Work?
There is a bit to unpack here, so stick with me there are a few examples, and then at the end, it will make sense.

We, I, you or whatever person you need to hear it in spend A LOT of time complaining.
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I’ve always toyed with the idea of making a T-Shirt with the question ‘do you even know you are alive?’

But am less angry with the world these days.

As I look at the mental health of the world and my mental health I am sure being mad at people is counter productive.

For example, the days I am pissed off with #Babybernie are the least constructive of his life.

The best days are where I make an effort to ask questions, rather than issue demands, complaints and parking tickets. These are the days we are both rewarded with learning and harmony.

Being pissed off

I am forever wondering why I get pissed off.

Think about it.

Why do you get pissed off?

Is it a chemical reaction?

How often does someone do something to you?
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Hey Trello Peeps! If you are in London and like agile and geeky talks about communication and projects come and join us here:

A friendly, low-fi, lunchtime, outdoor agile meet-up ... on a bench

Agile on the Bench, the best lunchtime, outdoor agile meetup.

What to expect

Agile on the bench is as you may expect, on a bench (well on a few benches), outdoors, in a park. The park also has a bandstand in case it rains.

Being in a park means no tech, there are no laptops or projectors, just the speakers, the attendees and lots of fantastic ideas.

It’s not for profit, which means that it’s free for you to attend as speakers and organisers generously donate their time for the love of Agile.

Talks are short, with plenty of time for discussion, asking questions and getting back to work.

And badges… expect badges.

The talks

We schedule two awesome speakers each session who talk about anything related to Agile, people, teams and users. You can read more about the talks below.

Speakers have up to 10mins to convey their message in any way they choose, followed by 5mins for questions.

After the scheduled speakers we have Agile question time, a chance for you to ask the group any questions you have about Agile. Think of them as your agile agony aunts and uncles.

What to bring

your lunch
your curiosity
your burning agile questions
appropriate clothing for being in a park
See more about Agile on the Bench
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I dread this time of year, I was bracing myself to plunge back into a God-forsaken pit of despair and depression and it never arrived.

Every day I have woken up and double checked I am in the right life, right family and right blog.


I started to feel better in 2016 I was ready to give up therapy on Tuesday afternoons.

I had a couple of drab sessions and then BANG – we started talking about topics I’d thought about every day of my life.

Long ago thinking about these things had become a habit, routine, and unresolved like a dripping tap you can’t find in a very quiet house.

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