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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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FACTFULNESS, MODERNITY, & ENTERPRISE

Posted by on Oct 8, 2019 in Blog | 3 comments

FACTFULNESS, MODERNITY, & ENTERPRISE

Chimpanzees greatly outperform our well-educated elites in their knowledge of important world trends.  So says – indeed, so proves – the late Swedish doctor and researcher Hans Rosling in his excellent book Factfulness. Both the general public and the elites get the answers to his questions badly wrong, and often the more highly-placed the respondents, the worse they do. The book turns received wisdom entirely on its head, and also explains, with an admirable avoidance of bile and blame, why we misunderstand the truth completely. Rosling...

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IT’S ONLY ROCK & ROLL – BUT I LIKE IT

Posted by on Sep 24, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

IT’S ONLY ROCK & ROLL – BUT I LIKE IT

And now for something completely different.  Does pop music – and popular culture generally – herald the end of Western civilization? One man who believes it might do is the admirable Jonah Goldberg, whose Suicide of the West I have already reviewed favorably.  In one chapter of this book – Pop Culture Politics – he says some truly intriguing things.  He quotes Victor Hugo, who said “Music expresses that which cannot be put into words, and that which cannot remain silent.”  He could well have also quoted Plato – “A change to a new type of...

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CAN WE HAVE TOO MUCH INDIVIDUALISM?

Posted by on Sep 10, 2019 in Blog | 4 comments

CAN WE HAVE TOO MUCH INDIVIDUALISM?

Earlier this week I was treated to a little brain stimulation by a visit from Kate Andrews and Darren Grimes of the Institute of Economic Affairs in London.  We walked in the country lanes of the Algarve (Portugal) together with Sooty, our black Labrador.  On one walk we took to asking each other questions, and one that Darren asked was the relationship of individualism to community.  Were they in tension, opposed to each other, or complementary? “I don’t think you can have too much individualism,” was Kate’s immediate answer.  Clear,...

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