Haretoise?

We all know the Tortoise beat the Hare. Old news. But……. Let’s face it…….. The Tortoise only won because the Hare was being daft. If he’d not been messing around, he’d have crushed his be-shelled pal. It wasn’t the Tortoise’s ‘slowness’ that helped him. It was his ‘steadyness’. Slow and steady beats fast and inconsistent,…

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He’d have to cut it out of his heart with a knife

Roger D. Fisher (May 28, 1922 – August 25, 2012) was Samuel Williston Professor of Law emeritus at Harvard Law School and director of the Harvard Negotiation Project. I’ll be honest, I copied and pasted that from his Wikipedia page. In 1981 he published the following in the ‘Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ with reference…

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Show your workings

Anyone got a child in revision mode at the moment? Oli, my eldest, has his Year 6 SATs coming up and we’re working through his workbooks each evening. He finds Maths harder than the other subjects. Usually once he ‘gets’ the question, he’s fine with the actual maths behind it. But sometimes struggles to understand…

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Paying dummy tax?

We’ve mentioned before that (in our humble opinion at least) one of the reasons that The Academy has successfully sold out for 51 straight months now……….. Whilst many of the other vaguely similar facilities that have opened up around us seem to be struggling……….. Is that we actually follow our own advice. Many FitPros recommend…

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Madame Dragon ran a school many moons ago

If you’ve read the kid’s book (and / or saw the animated version over Christmas) Zog, then you’ll know the next line. “That taught young dragons all the things that dragons need to know”. From Julia Donaldson, the author of The Gruffalo (and others). Great book! Now Madam Dragon is a fairly conservative teacher. She…

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Are you a potato or an egg?

Get a pan of boiling water. Or, at least, imagine you’ve got one. Pop and egg and potato in there. What happens to them? You got it squire! The egg hardens and the potato softens. Just what happens. No one shouts at the potato and tells it to ‘toughen up’. The egg’s other half and…

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Compound interest

Imagine you’d find a bank account that paid interest of 1% per day. Unlikely I know, but work with me. You put one pound in it. After a week you had £1.07. Nice, but that extra 7p doesn’t really make a great deal of difference. After a year you’ve £37.78. Ten years and it’s £5,870,740,000,000,000.…

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Will Smith don’t gotta cuss in his raps to sell records

So sang Eminem in his first UK number one hit “The Real Slim Shady” back in the year 2000. I won’t give the next line as your email profanity filters might block it, but feel free to google it if you like if you don’t already know it 😉 Eminem clearly felt (and continues to…

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It’s all Goldilocks

One of the sections in our monthly briefing meetings that I mentioned yesterday (this one here, go check it out if you haven’t already –>www.theacademygtc.co.uk/briefing-meeting) goes through peoples common concerns before they start with us. And one of those concerns (probably the most common one) is some version of “Too hard”. “It’ll be too difficult…

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Did I see you in McDonald’s?

I was chatting to one of our members the other day. Let’s call her Claire. Because that’s her name. It’s the same Claire who tells her story at our monthly find out more meeting (that you can book in for here if you’re ready to stop yo-yoing and make some serious, lasting changes –>www.theacademygtc.co.uk/briefing-meeting). She…

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