Ray originally wanted to be a doctor, but found an interest in trading during his teens, and as the son of a diplomat, he grew up with an affinity for understanding other cultures and ways of working.
Graham and Ray begin by discussing the impact the pandemic has had on the City of London, and how the financial industry has dealt, and continues to deal with the uncertainty that surrounds it.
> If I had to pick one factor which can really influence and enhance your sleep, it’s the concept of going to bed and rising at the same time, even at weekends.
Working through his framework for productivity, Ray explains how rhythm and regularity in sleep, and getting the right amount of sleep can make us more productive. He also advocates for focusing on gut health, testing gut tolerance, and using that information to improve diet and possibly mood.
> Softer skills matter more than absolute levels of intelligence.
Hard work and humility are two key traits that Ray values and looks for when recruiting. Graham and he discuss ways to assess these traits, focusing on the candidate as a person, rather than simply an applicant for a job.
> If happiness is out of reach, aim for contentment.
After covering the mind and the body, Ray and Graham turn to the spirit, and focus on what happiness can achieve, rather than how to attain happiness through productivity or success.
> Shinrin-yoku is my top tip,
In lieu of something to promote, Ray finishes by sharing a recent discovery, that he has found to be “an amazing experience”.
Graham Allcott is the founder of time management training company Think Productive.
This podcast is produced by Radio Burrito.
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