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Pragmatic Mindfulness

Does mindfulness help you get things done? Is it not just another flavour of 'balanced living'? Was Einstein a mindful man? It could be an...
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The Case Against ‘Writing’

Too much writing: too much 'thinking' about thinking. I was recently asked the question 'How can I improve my note-taking?'. It's understandable that...

Is There Such Thing As ‘Originality’?

When does something — a piece of art, song, an idea, a joke — become original? Where exactly is the line between originality and...

8 More Mungerisms: Optimism, Ideologies, Discipline, Incentives and Intellectual Honesty

This is the second and final part of our mini-series about Charlie Munger and his worldly wisdom. If you haven't read part one be...

7 Lessons From Charlie Munger: On The Value Of Learning, Ethics, Self-Pity, Hardship, And...

Charlie Munger is a man who vehemently dislikes the spotlight, and hence has spent his life trying to avoid it. He is known as...

What Archery Can Teach You About Goal Setting

Goal setting is about focus, aim, skill, consistency, discipline, order. Archery is also about these things. Archery is a primal sport; one that demands concentration,...

Alternative Answers To The Most Popular (and dry) Meetup Question

The question, 'What do you do?', whilst useful to some degree, is arguably the most boring, cliched, monotonous, tedious, uninspiring, uncreative, monotonous, monotonous, monotonous...

On The Consequences Of Success, And An Alternative Way Of Measuring It

Defining—and therefore, measuring—success is a controversial, foggy and confusing matter. How about by the amount of freedom, options, skill, and sense of meaning your...

What To Do With All Your Ideas

Ideas are easy; it is execution that matters. But what about all of those ideas you have written down, and that BIG one you...

Painful Words About A Painful Process – Creativity | Short Reads

If I shy away from the suffering, from the struggle, then I also shy away from the essence—the truth, the ethos, the lifeblood, the...

On ‘Being Yourself’ and ‘Following Your Passion’ (hint: don’t)

'Be yourself' and 'find your passion' are perhaps the most substandard, shabby, useless pieces of advice around. The first is anti-self-improvement—and we all have...

The Important Things In Life Get None Of The Attention

The work of the scientists, nurses, educators and philosophers will always be beaten to the spotlight by the latest phone, piece of news, fashion...

Why Working For Free May Be Exactly What You Need, And Why The Concept...

Letting go of your feelings of entitlement in order to stoop down and squeeze your ego through the 'low' door that is volunteer or...

The Tallest Poppy Is The Most Vulnerable, Envied—And The Most Beautiful

On tall poppies, naysayers, and loud noises Even if you life the perfectly virtuous, moderately successful and good life, you will still have naysayers to...

Why Your Colleagues (or you) Don’t Work Hard — The Main Cause Of Mediocre...

This piece is a takeout from my recent series of articles on the cognitive biases and other irrational tendencies. The series consists of four...

Thinking About Success: 8 Directives For Making Things Happen

After an interesting conversation with a friend this morning, about the meaning of success amongst many other things, the idea birthed in my mind...

A Few Words On Consequential Thinking

The more we dither and no extraordinary disaster follows, the more dithering seems just fine. Hence: - Our ignorance about our carbon footprint and environmental...

The Problem With Preparation: The Myth Of Readiness

Is there such thing as being ready, in life? You can spend time getting ready, and preparing, and formulating, and devising, and planning, and thinking,...