I've been taking pretty big personal and professional risks all my life, and people often tell me that they could never do X, Y or Z.
I guess that 'risk' means different things to different people. For me, not taking regular risks isn't an option. I begin to feel stagnant if I sit in a 'safe place' too long.
Cultural observation: After 10 years living in 'the new world', and then returning 'home', I'm coming to the conclusion that today's Scots are not big risk-takers. Personally, I think we're the worse for it - economically, emotionally and spiritually.
I find it increasingly paradoxical that the "grown up" world of suits and offices and job titles is the one that encourages you to remain childish. You are not really encouraged to say what you think, you pass responsibility up to the grown ups above you and you are rarely able to be held accountable for your decisions.
On the other hand in the supposedly childish online world of forums, blogs and wikis you have to be prepared to say what you think, be prepared to stand by it and jusfity it in a debate and if you have fucked up your written thinking is there for all to see forever.
The service was nice; a real family feel to it. Lots of his old friends from the railway, bowling club, and the various pubs he frequented over the years came along.
I spent a wee while looking around his house before the ceremony and came across this - a letter he received from his mum in December 1944 whilst he was held Prisoner of War in Stalag VII A in Germany.
Made me realise (once again) that the life I lead now is so much more soft and comfortable than those of the generations than have gone before.
And of the sacrifices that were made by so many to allow the quality of life we have today.
Started a new contract this week, which I'm very excited about.
I am now the Planning Director for GRP - a 50(ish)-strong advertising agency based in Glasgow.
It's a part-time role (around 3 days per week), which still allows me to do all my Red Avocado consulting work - which is still keeping me very busy.
I've spent most of this week meeting the key people and melding minds on how we can best work together, and what projects I'll be involved in.
I'm particulary excited about working with the recently-joined biscuitmedia team, who have a bunch of cool new media ideas.
Our clients include Toyota, Rangers Football club, local parts of the NHS (very interesting campaigns!), Pro-Quip and many more. I'll also be doing my level best to bring in some new clients too.
And just in case you're wondering what a planning director does. It's all about contributing a deeper level of customer, market and client insight to the creative process. In a nutshell, I strive to improve the effectiveness of our campaigns.
Gotten off to a great start this week. Heaps of potential!