Steve Sampson

My own thoughts and views on trampoline, business, politics and more.

[6] Read 30 classic books — 4 June 2016

[6] Read 30 classic books

(4/30) ‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell. I absolutely loved this book! Very short but also incredibly symbolic and quite obviously too. Easy to read and simple to follow. Best of the four I’ve read so far, hands down. Would Rate 5/5.Four down, 26 to go!

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[6] Read 30 classic books — 28 May 2016

[6] Read 30 classic books

(3/30) ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee. Reading this book puts into perspective how things have moved on over time. I am very interested by the concept of ‘group’ thinking which is explored a little in this book and how group thinking perhaps changes what people might consider as an individual. Would Rate 4/5.
Three down, 27 to go!

Get your priorities right — 8 July 2015

Get your priorities right

I haven’t posted for a little while now, one of the main reasons is that I’ve just been so busy with work having recently been promoted. Because I am now in more of a management / leadership role, I felt the need to try and improve in those areas, so I’ve been doing a lot of reading and attending a lot of courses. One of the themes I’ve learned more about is time management and maintaining a good work-life balance. I thought I was fairly good at maintaining a good balance until today. Today, I didn’t have a great day and I realised that it could have been attributed to how I have been prioritising tasks and activities in my life.

I’ve always considered myself one of those people who loves being busy. I think that is true to an extent. However, today I realised I got to the stage I had become overloaded and was sacrificing in areas I couldn’t sustain. Today’s blog post is all about making sure you have your priorities right. It’s quite easy to categorise your tasks:

  1. Things you want to do and need to do
  2. Things you don’t want to do but need to do
  3. Things you want to do but don’t need to do
  4. Things you don’t want to do and don’t need to do

Once you’ve established a list, it’s a little easier to prioritise. Items 1 and 2 are unavoidable. Whether you like it or not, you gotta do them! Don’t let item 3 get in the way – sometimes there are things we really want to do, but just don’t need to do, so don’t get distracted. And finally, if there are things you don’t want to do and don’t need to do, don’t do them!

So, go to the gym, eat properly, sleep well, drink plenty of water. Do less hours in the office but spend the hours you are in office more wisely, delegate tasks you don’t need to do or maybe even scrap them completely!

I’ve taken tomorrow off from work. I’m going to have a decent breakfast, put some laundry on, do the dishes, go to the gym, read a new book, go for a swim (or maybe just sunbathe), eat a decent lunch, hang out with some friends, I might go to gymnastics and I’m  definitely going to have an easily night. How are you going to prioritise your Thursday?

If you’re interested in the book I was referring to, read The On-Time On-The On-Time On-Target Manager Manager by Ken Blanchard and Steve Gottry.

O, Canada — 5 May 2015

O, Canada

Time has now dawned on my trip to Canada and I’m about to imbark on my seven-hour flight back to the UK. I’ve had a lot of fun and am not ready to return home just yet but alas, I must! Thanks very much to the Chaves family, who took me in for my ten-day vacation.

I’ll defiantly be back to this huge country. I’ve only seen a small part of one of the provinces. Nine more and three territories yet to experience!

To all my Canadian friends, new and old; I’ll catch you next time, eh?

 Michael and I on the ‘Maid of the Mist’ tour at Niagara Falls on the Canadian side (aka the best side).

This little doggy, Harley Chaves, will be sorely missed. Keep in touch boy! 


Snug Harbour is worth a visit if you fancy a nice meal in Mississagua. A fitting final image of the sun setting on my vacation.

Virgin Atlantic — 24 April 2015

Virgin Atlantic

I write my first post from the departure lounge of Gatwick airport. I’m actually flying with Air Transat on my trip to Canada.

I wondered if it would be possible to resurrect my website and transfer it to WordPress before I took off. The answer was yes, in less than an hour too!

So, why did I decide to start a WordPress account? Well, my old website was difficult to maintain and as a result, I never maintained it! I decided WordPress, what with the App, would be an easier and more dynamic interface. So far, so good; but still why? Well, I wanted to share my views with as many people as possible. I have attended a few trampoline regional squads over the years and often find I am repeating myself. I aim to use this site as a mega phone to help get my thoughts across to as wide an audience as possible.

Take them or leave them, these are my thoughts. I’m happy to be challenged and I’m happy to be wrong, so please get involved and post, ask, comment, etc.

And that’s it! First post done and we its nearly time to board. Your exits are here, here and here…