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Reverse the story


If you’re not an architect of change, you will be its victim. The fields of history are littered with the carcasses of those who were looking the other way when change happened. The industrial revolution triggered a connected chain of…

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Small Joys


Which has the greater influence on your happiness? Your life’s great positive events? Or small daily pleasures? It turns out that how you answer depends on 2 things. First, how old you are and, second, how readily you savour the…

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You are the measure


A short while back, around 450 BC, the philosopher Protagoras said, “Of all things the measure is Man, of the things that are, that they are, and of the things that are not, that they are not.” What’s generally accepted…

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A nickel ain’t worth a dime


How much are you worth? Not your net worth, but how much is your time worth? What value do you put on your advice and your services? What hourly/daily/weekly/monthly fee do your clients pay for your wisdom? Got a figure…

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You are


You are not one of seven billion. You are not a file number, case number, customer number or pin number. You are not the lady in number 7, the man upstairs, the family across the road. You are not the…

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What would you do? Imagine that every one of life’s commitments and expectations were magically lifted. You wake one morning unburdened by pressures, overt and covert, external and internal, implicit and explicit. You have no financial obligations. No debts to…

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No two architects


The macadamia farmer is a lawyer. The bicycle maker is a chemist. The artist is an accountant. People used to have a single career. Often a single job. Not today. Today we change careers. We study, we graduate, we change….

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The world in 500 words


Imagine you are asked this question a generation from now. What was the world like in 2016? I have read no more succinct, accurate, potent or depressing description than one in Ian McEwan’s latest novel, Nutshell. The narrator is an…

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Seeds of certainty


Remember when? Chances are that you think you do. But you don’t. Chances are that some details in your memory of past events are false. They seem real and you’re certain that they’re real. But they are fake memories of…

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Choose happiness


Why is it that some people who seem to have everything don’t have happiness? And why do those who seem to have nothing often have a broad, irrepressible smile? Some time back, I was in the weekly market at Zaachila,…