Category Life Lessons


The Urgent and The Important

In a 1954 speech to the Second Assembly of the World Council of Churches, former U.S. President Eisenhower said: “I have two kinds of problems: the urgent and the important. The urgent are not important, and the important are never urgent.” Robert Glazer shared this simple but powerful life management tool on his blog today […]


Are you motivated by Pain or motivated by Gain?

Pain or Gain? There are two fundamental drives to human action: Avoidance of Pain Seeking of Gain. This is how we work. There are no other external causes of action. We take action when we truly believe: It will avoid a Pain, or We truly believe it will deliver a Gain. If I am not […]


The best from “Wait but Why?”

I love the blog of Tim Urban: Wait but Why.  He gave a TED talk a year or so ago, but I think it is best to get to know him through his mastery of the quirky doodle & story form that he delivers in his blog. These are some of my favourite posts, so […]

Taking the Long Cut

Lots of people are searching for short cuts. If you are going through something just to get the diploma, then by all means take short cuts. You don’t really care about the journey. If you are determined to grow a life that becomes more and more fulfilling and you have a sense of growth and […]

Peter Diamandis: 9 key lessons derived from 150 startups

I receive a couple of regular email newsletters.  I am very strict about unsubscribing if the content is not worth the interruption to my day. Peter Diamandis sends out an excellent email newsletter called Abundance Insider, and it is full of ideas that make me sit back and reflect on the world.  I originally met […]

I know this guy who was successful (otherwise known as Type I errors)

One anecdote does not make a proof. The danger: humans are more easily persuaded by 1 clear and concrete anecdote than by big data and expert statistical analysis. “My friend’s brother bought a house in downtown Barcelona 2 years ago and is now selling it at twice the price!” This statement has far more impact […]


Charlie Munger’s Inverse Thinking Process

I was watching a few Charlie Munger speeches recently – Warren Buffett’s partner in leading Berkshire Hathaway. Charlie talks a lot about “Inverse Thinking”… The Inverse Thinking Process What is Inverse Thinking?  Charlie says it is helpful to turn a question on its head.  If you want to know what would improve the situation of […]

The Complete Guide to Personal Habits: 158 Positive Reflections in 7 Categories to Be The Best Version of Yourself

It is 43 years since I was born, 25 since I finished school and 12 since I graduated with my MBA as seen in this picture below.  I have written some notes on life every day since I was 14 years old.  This long post is a summary of ideas that came from a review […]

There are no Answers, Just Stories

On success, there is no one right answer: You cannot learn absolute rules from another person. You cannot take the life recipe of another person. You can learn from their stories, but only you will take what you take from a story. Seek out Stories Tribes, civilisations and families have found that life lessons are […]

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3 Steps to Improve Your Concentration

I recently shared a TEDx talk from Dandapani on How to Concentrate.  This is a follow up post, with 3 specific steps to improve your concentration (here Dandapani refers to it as willpower). 3 Steps to Practice that Will Improve Your Concentration Dandapani tells us that there are 3 steps to practice that improve our concentration: […]

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