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CARING & THE POWER OF THE UNCONSCIOUS MIND

CARING & THE POWER OF THE UNCONSCIOUS MIND

We all carry around with us something of infinite power and creativity. Few of us realize that we do or tap into its power. I’m talking about the unconscious mind – also called the subconscious. In this post I give some examples of how it works, and then turn our attention to the key condition for using this fabulous and neglected asset. The American playwright Neil Simon says, “I don’t write...

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BOOKS YOU MIGHT WANT TO READ

BOOKS YOU MIGHT WANT TO READ

I recently had a lot of interest for my post “here”about Philip K Dick’s great book The Man in the High Castle, and I’m always interested in the books that friends read, so here I’m going to give a bunch of authors and books I really rate – a mixed bag of fiction, business, and other non-fiction. Robert Goddard is an English writer of middlebrow, mainly historical, thrillers.  I’ve...

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RECYCLE THE 10 GREATEST BUSINESS IDEAS OF ALL TIME

RECYCLE THE 10 GREATEST BUSINESS IDEAS OF ALL TIME

If you want to succeed, don’t innovate. Imitate. Andrew Black – known to his friends and close associates as “Bert” or “Bertie” – is the greatest genius and innovator I know. Except he didn’t really innovate. He tweaked an old idea and used it in a new context, and made a firm worth over $3 billion. He invented the idea of person-to-person betting, cutting out the bookmaker. As a brilliant...

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THE BEST SCIENCE FICTION EVER?

THE BEST SCIENCE FICTION EVER?

Today I’d like to introduce you, if you haven’t read it, to one of the best science fiction books ever, and even if you don’t like SF, you should read this book.  It’s of the same quality as 1984 and Animal Farm, and I’m promoting this book to the top three of ‘political science fiction’ books, along with Orwell’s two classics.  It’s also a great work of fiction, a novel which can be read for...

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TEN COMMANDMENTS FOR STUDENTS

TEN COMMANDMENTS FOR STUDENTS

Sean Abrahams from the University of Cape Town has asked me to say briefly my advice to students wishing to develop their potential and possibilities.  Here are my Ten Commandments:   1. Do your own thing. Yes, I know. It’s very 1960s. But it’s very 2010s and 2020s too. Even more so.  Because today if there is one thing which depresses me about people in their teens and twenties, it is how...

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