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FIBONACCI’S RABBITS

Posted by on Mar 24, 2020 in Blog | 4 comments

FIBONACCI’S RABBITS

We’ve all heard of Leonardo da Vinci, but have you heard of Leonardo of Pisa, and do you know why he deserves to be famous? He’s better known under the nickname of Fibonacci, invented in the nineteenth century.  But Leonardo of Pisa made his breakthrough achievement in 1220, and it was pretty fur-fetched. He constructed the following puzzle: Start with two rabbits, one male and one female. Imagine they are fairly restrained rabbits, sexually, and give birth to another pair in one year, and a second pair the year after that.  Not particularly...

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THE REPUBLIC OF VIRTUE Or, In Praise of Segregation

Posted by on Mar 10, 2020 in Blog | 7 comments

THE REPUBLIC OF VIRTUE Or, In Praise of Segregation

‘The virtuous are virtuous for no other reasons than to join forces with others who are virtuous, to mutual benefit.  And once co-operators segregate themselves from the rest of society, a wholly new force of evolution can come into play: one that pits groups, rather than individuals, against each other.’ So writes Matt Ridley in The Origin of Virtue.  It’s worth thinking about whether we could take this to its logical – or possibly illogical – conclusion.  Could we, dear friends, construct a Republic of Virtue? Let me back off a bit.  I am...

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IN PRAISE OF THE ENGLISH

Posted by on Feb 25, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

IN PRAISE OF THE ENGLISH

It strikes me as whimsically appropriate that I should be sitting in Australia in the middle of summer, watching the persistent rain outside, snugly – and perhaps smugly – reading about the English and the glories and humiliation of their – my – history.  It’s rather delicious to quote Rudyard Kipling: If England was what England seems An’ not the England of our dreams, But only putty, brass an’ paint ‘Ow quickly we’d chuck ’er!  But she ain’t! Many imagine that Kipling was a flag-waving Imperial racist, but, at least by the standards of his...

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EP 004: Eugene Hoeven talks with Richard Koch

Posted by on Feb 11, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

EP 004: Eugene Hoeven talks with Richard Koch

Eugene Hoeven interview with Richard Koch. How did it come about that you wrote about the 80/20 Principle? Discussions about the imbalance in life between what we should be doing and what we are doing and some insights into Richard’s new book coming out in June 2020 – How to Be Unreasonably Successful.    ...

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ARE WE GETTING MORE OR LESS FREE?

Posted by on Jan 28, 2020 in Blog | 5 comments

ARE WE GETTING MORE OR LESS FREE?

The poet Philip Larkin famously observed that sex was invented in 1963.  Or rather less dramatically:  So life was never better than/In nineteen sixty-three/(Though just too late for me)/Between the end of the ‘Chatterley’ ban/And the Beatles’ first L.P. The swinging sixties themselves perhaps started their decade two or three years late, but then whoosh!  An era of drab restraint ended and a whole new period began, nicely called ‘the permissive society’ by the Conservative MP and journalist Norman St John Stevas.  The Beatles kicked it off –...

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EP 003: Marx Acosta-Rubio talks with Richard Koch

Posted by on Jan 14, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

EP 003: Marx Acosta-Rubio talks with Richard Koch

Insights into what the 80/20 Principle is, what it is not, what it really means for a business or person and how it should be applied.              

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EP 002: The 80/20 Principle – The Star Principle

Posted by on Dec 12, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

EP 002: The 80/20 Principle – The Star Principle

What will make you successful? What will make you rich? Preposterous as it sounds, there is a magic formula. There is a way to get several times more money and fun out of a business. By finding a star venture.        

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TIME TO REVIVE THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS?

Posted by on Nov 19, 2019 in Blog | 6 comments

TIME TO REVIVE THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS?

John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress from This World to That Which is to Come was published in 1678 and is considered one of the greatest works of English literature – possibly it was the first novel ever written.  The Slough of Despond, into which the hero Christian falls early in the text, has passed into our general culture, and having lived near Slough in my adolescence, I can never forget that phrase. The theme of self-improvement is, I think, of even greater significance today than the religious language in which is cloaked.  The...

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The 80/20 Principle – The Route To Success

Posted by on Nov 4, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

The 80/20 Principle – The Route To Success

The decisions you make are better made by yourself than by allowing someone else to make them for you.          

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BE HUMAN – BE UNPREDICTABLE

Posted by on Oct 29, 2019 in Blog | 2 comments

BE HUMAN – BE UNPREDICTABLE

“Most of us throw our embryo-hood away.  As we get older, we become set in our ways, fixed in our nature.  Watching my parents and other people as they entered their fifties and sixties, they became less interested in new ways, more and more convinced of the rightness of their opinions and worldviews. Indeed, that was the way I thought it had to be, until I reached twenty.  During the summer of that year, I went to live with the author John Marquand, who was sixty-five at the time, and he blew my mind.  He was interested in everything,...

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