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ARE EMOTIONS US?

ARE EMOTIONS US?

The psychiatrist Prof Steve Peters – as he calls himself, with a nice blend of authority and informality – has suggested that our emotions are not really “us”.  In his excellent bestseller, The Chimp Paradox, he presents a simplified model of the human mind, which “has two independent thinking machines” – the human and the “chimp”.  “The human,” he says, “is you, and...

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BEING FREE

BEING FREE

THE 80/20 PRINCIPLE, like the truth, can make you free.  You can work less.  At the same time, you can earn and enjoy more.  The only snag is that you need to do some serious 80/20 Thinking.  This will yield a few insights that, if you act on them, could change your life. The catch is that you must do the thinking.  You must edit and elaborate what is written here for your own purposes. ...

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WHEN 80/20 BECOMES 90/10

WHEN 80/20 BECOMES 90/10

NOT SO VERY long ago, in 2007 actually, the world of mobile phone makers was placid and predictable.  It was typical 80/20.  There were lots of phone manufacturers, but five of them – Nokia, Samsung, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, and LG – had 90 percent of worldwide profits. Between 2007 and 2015, everything changed, courtesy of an entirely new entrant.  Apple with its iPhone not only reached...

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SUCCESS THROUGH 80/20 NETWORKS

SUCCESS THROUGH 80/20 NETWORKS

“Network society represents a qualitative change in the human experience” Manuel Castells, Spanish sociologist Why does the 80/20 principle work so well and so well everywhere?  When I first wrote the first edition of The 80/20 Principle back in 1997, I didn’t know the answer.  I quoted economist Josef Steindl – “For a very long time, the Pareto law has lumbered the economic scene...

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FOUR WAYS TO BE HAPPY (AND ONE THAT WON’T WORK)

FOUR WAYS TO BE HAPPY (AND ONE THAT WON’T WORK)

This week I got a surprise – apart from breaking my arm in a cycling accident in Lisbon.  The more important and lasting surprise came from re-reading Charles Murray’s splendid 2012 book Coming Apart.  The book is a convincing and depressing account of how the values and lives of the upper and lower classes in America have diverged since 1963.  But then along comes a really fascinating...

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