Valerie Khoo


This is the personal blog of Valerie Khoo, CEO of the Australian Writers’ Centre, one of the world’s leading centres for writing courses. She is author of ‘Power Stories: The 8 Stories You MUST Tell to Build an Epic Business’ and co-host of the popular podcasts ‘So you want to be a writer’ and ‘So you want to be a photographer’. Valerie is also a mentor, keynote speaker and artist. She is passionate about exploring worlds of creativity and business. READ MORE

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  1. Robinoz

    When I was in my late 20s I worked for a 50 year-old whom I met at the lift most mornings. He’d say, “Good morning Rob, another day of desolation and despair.” I often wondered how he bothered to get out of bed each day if that was his attitude to his job. Years later as an adult educator, I told my students that negative, pessimistic people wear you down, that they should look for the positive, optimistic people and align with them. I hadn’t thought of classifying these types as “Functional” and “Vital” people, but the description given above describes these people perfectly. It’s a far better career and health choice to align oneself with the Vital and it also makes each day at work more enjoyable.

  2. Amanda Kendle

    I couldn’t agree more about changing your job or changing your attitude. Sure, there are exceptional cases, but certainly here there are plenty of choices to be made. What a waste of all those hours if you are miserable!

    1. Valerie Khoo

      I honestly can’t why people do it. Well I can understand the fears when there are big financial or family commitments. But I certainly can’t understand when people are unencumbered and have the choice to go elsewhere! Nuts.