Andrew’s Blog: Go Through, Not Around

The secret to telling a lie is keeping it simple.

Don't get specific with details; keep it vague, non-descript, easy to remember. It's the details where we fall down. If you were asked how you spent your weekend and you want to cover up the fact that you rewatched the entirety of Breaking Bad, you may wish to reply with:

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Andrew’s Blog: Do The Work

Nothing of importance is achieved by chance. If I think back over my life so far, every success I have had has indeed been hard earnt. It's been achieved not by chance or by luck but by hard work. That's true of my business, sporting and personal life. If anything is down to luck, you dramatically increase your chances of being lucky through working hard, not through excuses or stumbling towards your goal with the ill-prepared nature of a hungover striker. If you want to achieve your vision, you must work for it. 

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Andrew’s Blog: Become Unbreakable

If you were anything like me when you were at school and saw your ruler describing itself as "shatterproof", you immediately snapped it in half. This is because I had no time for lies, and I had no regard for school property. Alright, I had some respect for school property, but I did break those rulers.

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Andrew’s Blog: Fast and Less Furious

When Barack Hussein Obama, the 44th President of the United States, was in office, he wore the same thing every day. Ok, not exactly the same thing like he was a character in The Simpsons, but pretty much the same thing every single day. He wore a white shirt with a blue or grey suit, and he didn’t entertain the idea of switching up this pattern during his 8 years as leader of the free world.

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Andrew’s Blog: Leaders Living Vicariously

When I told my Grandad and my Father I would be a professional ice hockey player, they said I wouldn't be. Just like that. Not in the way that most parents would say "No" to the idea of their child demanding they wanted to eat sweets for breakfast or when they get older, knowing they had to be back home by 9 pm but asking if it could be 11 pm. It was not a reasonable "No." It was a deflating, infuriating and confidence cracking "No."

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Andrew’s Blog: Are You Really Winning?

"It's not about the winning; it's the taking part that counts." This phrase is repeated by every compassionate supporter of someone who uses an unfair turn of phrase, a loser. Now listen, if you, like me, have ever been on the receiving end of such a comment, you will know that it tends to be as soothing as a handful of salt to the wound you've just been left with. The only thing left to do is rub it in…

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Andrew’s Blog: 16kg’s That Changed My Life

My entire life has changed because of 16kg. This weight I am referring to is maybe not what you’d expect. It is not the weight I lost giving me the body I had always dreamed of (this aim is problematic for many reasons, but we will get to that later). It is not the combined weight of my children at certain ages. 16kg is not the amount of steak you have to eat to have your photo taken and placed on the “mega meat challenge” at my local eatery.

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Andrew’s Blog: Face Your Demons

Often I find that when I hear a voice telling me I can't do something, it is my own. Worse still, I often find that I am the only one who can hear it.

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Andrew’s Blog: Ice Baths and Epiphanies

When something is working, we don’t often think about it. If the car starts smoothly, we don’t believe so: “Thanks, car, good work today. And thanks to all the engineers who have pushed this vehicle’s design-forward and the workers who built the roads-”.

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Andrew’s Blog: Thou Shall Not Covet

Thou shalt not covet. This is one of many instructions handed down hundreds and hundreds of years ago to give the human race clear guidance. However, like the terrible cook that I am (except for steak and eggs), I know that there is plenty of room for error in between the reading of the recipe and dinner time, and the same can be said for these commandments. We could be given all the instructions in the world, and it still might not lead us to perfect results.

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