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The Accidential Genius

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Francis Bacon said that all painting is an accident. There are people who’d point to Jackson Pollock’s paintings as evidence of art by accident. But this isn’t what Bacon meant. It wasn’t the act of painting, but the inspiration that…

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Jack of none

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“Jack of all trades, master of none” is a phrase used to describe someone who’s broadly skilled but lacks depth of knowledge in one area. Often it’s abbreviated. When someone says “Jack of all trades”, we mentally add the second…

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Reverse the story

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Unburdened

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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

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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….