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WHICH STRESS, UNCERTAINTY & RISK SHOULD WE ACCEPT?

WHICH STRESS, UNCERTAINTY & RISK SHOULD WE ACCEPT?

Last time, I argued that we should welcome uncertainty, risk, and even stress as essential for any worthwhile world or life.  Without stress, uncertainty, and risk our lives would be boring and our character would remain unformed and untested. Yet as with everything in life, the 80/20 principle tells us to be extremely selective.  It is only a small proportion of stress, uncertainty and risk...

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IN PRAISE OF RISK, UNCERTAINTY & STRESS

IN PRAISE OF RISK, UNCERTAINTY & STRESS

The shrinks and gurus are unanimous, and the medical establishment is nearly so – stress is bad for you, uncertainties should be reduced as much as possible, and risk-taking should be minimized.  In this blog post, I am going to present the opposite view. First, though, to make it harder for myself, let’s list some of the debilitating sources of worry and uncertainty.  What are the risks...

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HAVE YOU BEEN TRANSFORMED BY AN ORGANIZATION?

HAVE YOU BEEN TRANSFORMED BY AN ORGANIZATION?

“Personality, in our sense, is a Shakespearean invention.”  This week I came across this rather large claim, made by Harold Bloom of Yale in his book Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human.  Bloom’s argument is that Shakespeare was the first writer to describe the development – as opposed to the mere unfolding – of personality.  In Shakespeare, Bloom says, characters such as...

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THE REVENGE OF HISTORY & GEOGRAPHY

THE REVENGE OF HISTORY & GEOGRAPHY

This time, a new book, a new vision, and some valuable additions to my mental tool-kit, which as you know is rather deep but very small.  Something to celebrate and learn from, even though I think maybe half of the book is profoundly wrong.  The book is from “global strategist” Parag Khanna.  Called Connectography it has made me re-think my assumptions and views.  In many ways the whole...

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9 VITAL QUESTIONS ABOUT THE EUROPEAN UNION

9 VITAL QUESTIONS ABOUT THE EUROPEAN UNION

On June 23 2016, two days after this is posted, British electors will make a historic decision, which will affect the peoples of Europe and America to a degree they do not yet appreciate.  The result of the UK referendum on whether to remain in the EU, or leave it, is still highly unpredictable; as are the consequences of either decision. Here are nine questions to set the context: Can the EU...

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7 WAYS TO HAVE LUCKY ADVENTURES IN LIFE

7 WAYS TO HAVE LUCKY ADVENTURES IN LIFE

You may recall from my last blog post that luck gravitates to people who go on many adventures. The lucky people in life, society, and business are not the cleverest, nor the best connected, nor the most hard-working and persistent.  The most successful are the luckiest.  Yet, the luckiest are the experimenters – the folks who pull the handle of chance most creatively and most often. That...

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