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Oliver Emberton

Oliver Emberton is an entrepreneur, writer, programmer and artist who writes about life and how to make the most of it.

The Problem Isn’t That Life Is Unfair – It’s Your Broken Idea Of Fairness

Unless you’re winning, most of life will seem hideously unfair to you. The truth is, life is just playing by different rules. The real rules are there. They actually make sense. But they’re a bit more complicated, and a lot less comfortable,…

Why The Secret To A Successful New Year’s Resolution Is Walking Through Doors

The secret to making resolutions that actually work is also the secret to making a hit movie. So let me teach you how to make a hit movie. At the start, our hero lives their ordinary life. We wouldn’t care…

Lost In Translation: How To Figure Out What To Do With Your Life When You’re Completely Lost

Time to grow up and give yourself a better childhood. Let me explain, via Bill Gates the Potato Farmer. You know how anyone can be anything they want, right? Well, they can’t. Had Bill Gates been born in a different time…

If You Want To Follow Your Dreams, You Have To Say “No” To All The Alternatives

Our brains behave like a beachball filled with bees. Hundreds of conflicting impulses, pushing us in different directions. People never want to do one thing. We want to do all the things. We simultaneously want to exercise and learn Spanish and to go out for pizza. Our…

Error: Your Brain Has Attempted To Do Some Work: How To Debug Your Life

Our brains are the most bug ridden pieces of junk since Internet Explorer. To replicate one common bug, try telling your brain to “go to the gym”. Most brains will respond by updating their Facebook status, and watching cat videos….

If You’re Not Pissing Someone Off, You Probably Aren’t Doing Anything Important

Are you losing weight? “You should be happy with your own body!” Saving children in Africa? “You should save your own country!” Curing cancer? “What took you so long?” Whatever you do, you’re going to annoy someone, and annoying someone…

Life Is A Game, Here Is Your Strategy Guide

Basics You might not realise, but real life is a game of strategy. There are some fun mini-games – like dancing, driving, running, and sex – but the key to winning is simply managing your resources. Most importantly, successful players put their time…

How To Make The World Love You

Doesn’t it suck that everyone in the world hasn’t fallen in love with you yet? Let’s fix that. YOU JUDGE YOURSELF BY YOUR INTENTIONS Inside your head, you know exactly what you’re trying to do, at all times. I’m trying to make my…

How to Master Your Time

The secret to time management is simple: Jedi time tricks. Imagine you were a Jedi master called Bob (your parents, whilst skilled in the ways of the force weren’t the best at choosing names). The love of your life – Princess Lucia…

How To Become An Entrepreneur

You don’t need qualifications, money, a planet-sized-brain or even a particularly good idea. All an entrepreneur ever does is create something that consistently makes money. If you can design, build, own and care for such a machine, you can become very rich indeed….

Three words of advice for the young and ambitious

I have three words to change your life: create, big, and defy. Have you got three minutes? 1. Create Creating things is the secret path that lets you do whatever you want. How did I become a writer? I wrote. How did…

The Blueprint Of Life

The secrets to love, life and happiness can be unlocked with three simple words: Play. The. Sims. It’s a game where you lead a person’s complete life with a mouse. Want to talk to that girl right there? Just click on…

You Can Do Anything, If You Stop Trying To Do Everything!

All that porn isn’t helping you. Productivity porn, that is. How to get more hours from your day. What to-do app to use. What cute quote to share on Facebook. Waste. Of. Time. It’s actually quite simple. The most accomplished people…

Finding Extraordinary Success and Fulfillment

Hard work does not make you successful. If that were true, our soldiers would drive Bentleys and our teachers would take their lunch breaks in gold-plated Jacuzzis. Talent doesn’t either, or every skilled street performer would have a record contract, and Jedward…