Category Life Lessons

Avoiding Stupidity is Easier than Seeking Brilliance

I remember a question that was asked to Warren Buffett.  “What tips would you give to someone who wished to make money?” He suggested that there were no simple tips, but then finished by saying “the best way to make money is to stop losing money.” When you begin in improving your decision making, rather […]

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Managing Oneself

Managing Oneself Companies today aren’t managing your career. You must be your own HR guru. That means it’s up to you to identify your place in the world and know when to change course. It’s up to you to keep yourself engaged and productive. This is the premise of Peter Drucker’s 2005 HBR article “Managing Oneself”. Peter […]

Need an Easy Win?

Some days feel harder to get going than others.  The big mission feels a bit too big for today.  I need something else, something smaller: An Easy Win. What are my easy wins? One is a blog post.  I never allow myself to take more than 20 minutes before I hit publish, and there is […]

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Happiness = The Quality of Your Relationships

What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it’s fame and money, you’re not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you’re mistaken. What is the Most Important Aspect of a Happy Life? It is the quality and depth of your relationships that make all the difference…  to […]

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

This is a great summary video of a book that had a great impact on me back when I was 23 years old.  I was working for Accenture (in those days, Andersen Consulting) and the organisation shared this book with all employees.  There’s a photo there of me there on the right with my leather […]

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Imagination defines humanity

It is imagination that makes humans unique in nature. Genetically we differ 2% from chimpanzees and 3% from worms. It is not our genes that have us living in penthouses and connecting on facebook. Our difference is the human cortex, the layer of brain that is most highly developed in humans.  The cortex is where […]

How to Make a Country Rich, Build Attractive Cities and Become a Better Person (in 27 minutes)

Three wonderful short videos from The School of Life youtube channel, total duration 27 minutes: How to Make a Country Rich If you were setting out to make a country rich, what kind of mindsets and ideas would be most likely to achieve your goals? We invent a country, Richland, and try to imagine the […]

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Benjamin Franklin’s 13 Virtues of Life

In 1726, at the age of 20, Benjamin Franklin created a system to develop his character. In his autobiography, Benjamin Franklin’s 13 Virtues of Life are listed as: Temperance: Eat not to Dullness. Drink not to Elevation. Silence: Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself. Avoid trifling Conversation. Order: Let all your Things […]

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What do you want?

What do you really want? Michael Gerber, in his book The E-Myth asks this question: What are your primary aims? Imagine walking into a room.  You pause at the entrance.  In the room, seated, are all your friends and family. You enter the room.  You walk up the middle of the room.  At the front […]

“Always Busy” is a Decision

You don’t find time, you make time. “Expect anything worthwhile to take a long time.” Debbie Millman* Anything worthwhile should take a long time.  The myth of overnight success is just that… a myth.  Acorns take time to become great oaks.  Nothing that comes easily will feel worthwhile, but I chase the quick fixes and the […]

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