Ditching bad habits
I never used to believe people who said they got up at 6am to exercise. I was too busy jumping on red-eye flights and rushing around. But now I have inculcated some good habits and adjusted my pace.
In the past, there were times on the surface when I was bursting with confidence, but internally my own voice was quite negative. I have learned not to be so hard on myself.
RTÉ [where Little's roles included Washington correspondent and 'Prime Time' presenter] was always very conscious of offering counselling. I remember once in Indonesia accidentally stumbling on a field of dead bodies after a tsunami. These experiences leave an imprint and you have to be conscious of that.
These days, I no longer bring my work home and I return at a good hour. How you spend your days is how you spend your life - that's my new motto.
Looking back on my early career, there was sexism in the media industry. I am now aware of the advantages I had as a man.
Now, I check my behaviour all the time. I am conscious how I hold myself in meetings, how I communicate. Ireland is full of mansplaining.
I remember a lot of political discussions growing up. Although I was the first in my family to go to university, my parents were very engaged with the outside world.
They worked long hours, running their sheepskin shop in Dublin, and as the eldest of four, I learned self-sufficiency early. I liked relying on myself. That has stayed with me.
I was involved in student politics (Labour) and there was a time I was half-tempted to pursue this, but with journalism I was definite. I got lucky and secured a 'Sunday Business Post' internship after studying at DCU, and two weeks later, RTÉ advertised for journalists. My first gig was on a Phibsboro rooftop reporting on a prison riot. I stood there feeling silly, with a mobile phone the size of a suitcase, and suddenly I was on air with Anne Doyle. When I got back to RTÉ, my editor advised me: "Don't ever listen to that clip."
I was eager to learn and aged 26 was appointed RTÉ's first Washington correspondent. Following six high-octane years there, and two as foreign correspondent, I was presenting 'Prime Time'. I left in 2009 to set up my news venture, Storyful. The general view was that 'Little had gone mad'. My wife, Tara, was the lone voice of support.
I was torn between loving my job and believing strongly in public service broadcasting, but also knowing that the structures of journalism were changing.
I'd just recovered from a serious skiing accident which had driven me to an existential re-evaluation. I did not want to be 70 sitting in a nice house and wondering why I did not have the courage to go for it.
Facing up to doubts
Oscar Wilde said: "The basis of optimism is sheer terror." When I left RTÉ, that sums up this period - swinging wildly between certainty that Storyful's offering was going to change the news environment and the fear it was all going to crumble.
I found I could stand it, but there is a price to this driven state. It can damage your friendships and your psyche.
Following some rollercoaster years, Storyful was bought by News Corp and I moved, with the family, to New York, before leaving after a wonderful 18 months to run Twitter in Ireland. I enjoyed my time there but when Twitter changed strategy, I could not do what I had set out to accomplish and I left. If I have one skill, it is knowing what is coming around the corner, and I had another idea brewing.
My latest venture, Kinzen, set up with Paul Watson and Áine Kerr, was born out of the idea to make sense of the tsunami of half-truths that people had to scroll through to find trusted content. Áine also worked with me at Storyful. This time around is more sombre, focused and disciplined.