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TOP 10 – 9 OF 10 : THE PLOTINUS PRINCIPLE

TOP 10 – 9 OF 10 : THE PLOTINUS PRINCIPLE

This blog is the ninth most popular of all the blogs I have ever posted. For the next 8 weeks we will be counting up to number 1. It’s just possible that I have found a source of insight comparable to that from Vilfredo Pareto, the nineteenth-century economist who inspired the 80/20 principle.  My new friend is Plotinus, a philosopher who was born in 205 AD, studied in Alexandria, joined the...

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TOP 10 – 10 OF 10 : FIND YOUR HORSE TO RIDE

TOP 10 – 10 OF 10 : FIND YOUR HORSE TO RIDE

This blog is the tenth most popular of all the blogs I have ever posted. For the next 9 weeks we will be counting up to number 1.  In life, we all need a horse to ride.  Without the horse, we are a small fraction of what we could be. When I was 13, my parents took me to a motor museum at a grand country house.  Big yawn.  Happily, there was a donkey derby alongside it, and they agreed to let...

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ISLAM & THE WEST – A RIDDLE

ISLAM & THE WEST – A RIDDLE

A couple of days ago I was brought up short while reading this: What in these days differentiates Muslim from Christian militancy is that … the Muslims are two or three centuries out of date because no secularist tradition has taken root amongst them. The writer is not, as you might imagine, a Tea Party or UKIP supporter, but rather the distinguished Christian monk and theologian H A Williams,...

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LIFE & BUSINESS?

LIFE & BUSINESS?

Last week, President Obama led the singing of Amazing Grace, the first verse of which was composed by mariner John Newton after deliverance from a life-threatening storm off County Donegal, Ireland, in 1748. There are a number of interesting discoveries that arise from last week’s event.  One is that Barack Obama cannot sing.  Another is that the author of this wonderful evangelical hymn...

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THE LAW OF SINGULARITY

THE LAW OF SINGULARITY

“History teaches that the only thing that works in marketing is the single, bold stroke. Furthermore, in any given situation there is only one move that will produce substantial results.” So wrote Al Ries and Jack Trout in their classic book, The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing. It’s an intriguing argument, and it fits with my experience in making money. They argue that many...

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ENHANCE LIFE WITH YOUR BEAUTIFUL DAYS

ENHANCE LIFE WITH YOUR BEAUTIFUL DAYS

“If you are to live a beautiful life, you first must begin to live beautiful days.  To live beautiful days, you must also think of beautiful things and events, even if these things and events seem silly …” So wrote Friedman and Rosenman in a book with the unlikely title of Type A Behavior and Your Heart.  I like the idea of beautiful days, especially if they involve doing things that may...

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