Everyone is familiar with a day of “back to backs”. One meeting, after another, followed by another, then another, for hours on end.

The day turns into a blur, each meeting becoming indistinguishable from the next. …

A choice we make based on a vision for a better version of the future. It might be your vision or someone else’s vision.

Before you say “I’m not a leader”, stop reading this blog and go play chess on the board you impulse purchased after binge-watching Queens Gambit it’s…

Remember the start of 2021 when you set a bunch of goals/intentions/postures/words/resolutions/experiments for the year?

One month in, how are they going?

What have you observed? Are you creating the conditions you said you wanted? What variables do you need to tweak?

Originally published at https://noodlescratchers.com on January 31, 2021.

The confrontingly still relevant Letters from a Stoic has recently become the most dog-eared book in my bookshelf.

This is thanks to profound and simple lines like:

Associate with people who are likely to improve you.”


Bringing it to the present day this has me thinking: who are…

The beauty of a good rabbit hole is that we don’t know what’s at the bottom.

Knowing we’re in the dark we’re able to curiously explore a topic staying open to what might be found, remaining unattached to what the end result must look like.

We do this particularly well when researching something new on our own. Perhaps it’s “Best Gazebo’s for camping” or “what’s a poet laureate?”

So what if we took that same posture, of exploration and curiosity, to our conversations with others? What might we see? What might we learn?

Originally published at https://noodlescratchers.com on January 24, 2021.

In one of his latest books, Your Music and People, Derek Sivers suggests that if you’re a likeable person who is skilled in what you do then:

“The number of people you meet will determine your success”

This has me noodling: When’s the last time you intentionally met someone new?

Originally published at https://noodlescratchers.com on January 20, 2021.

What will others think?

This question causes overthinking, self-doubt and lack of action. It’s the social media of questions. Because of it, we hesitate to start the book, spruik the project or share our success stories.

Knowing this, it’s worth noodling on an alternative.

Perhaps: What will future me think?

Originally published at https://noodlescratchers.com on January 17, 2021.

After 119 episodes of recording our podcast, The Long and The Short Of It, with just the two of us, Jen Waldman and I decided it would be fun to have a conversation with a guest.

Enter, Seth Godin. 20 times best selling author (yes, you read that right), teacher…

Every night for five years my dad would ask my mother, brother, sister and me the same question:

So, what was the best part of your day?

We’d spend the next 10 minutes sharing stories and he and mum would sit patiently, listening and smiling.

Sometimes we’d tease him for…

A writer isn’t born a passionate writer. They develop said passion after experiencing the profound effect of writing.

A Broadway artist isn’t born passionate about performing. They experience theatre at a young age and then develop a passion for it.

A peanut butter enthusiast isn’t born one. This comes from experiencing the deliciousness of such a magical spread.

Passion isn’t innate.

It is developed through experiences and practising specific skills.

PS. Jen Waldman and I recently recorded a podcast on this very topic. I hope you’ll check it out.

Originally published at https://noodlescratchers.com on December 16, 2020.

Peter Shepherd

Pete is the Founder and Director of Human Periscope: helping others see things they can‘t by asking questions others aren’t. https://humanperiscope.com/

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