After his book launch an author complained that one of his best friends never bought his book. He ranted, saying that he expected his friend to support him by buying his book. He got nods of agreement from the the rantees. The author went as far as saying that he was prepared to terminate the long-standing friendship because of this ‘shameful’ behaviour. All, once again nodded in agreement. Except for one. He asked, “Is it […]
Have you ever experienced the relief when a car alarm that has been going off for the last hour, stops? Suddenly you can take a breath and think clearly again. But, if it isn’t a car alarm, it’s some other distraction that’ll keep us out of our heads. I love distraction because the reality is that it stops me from thinking. More specifically, it stops me from thinking about myself. And, it stops me from […]
“This is no time to make new enemies”. These were the last words of French writer and philosopher, Voltaire on his deathbed when asked to foreswear Satan. I, of course, have no problem making new enemies (and upsetting old enemies) on a regular basis. Yes, I know, being arrogant, self-absorbed, difficult, short-tempered and petulant – with a weird (if any) sense of humour doesn’t help my cause at all. Yet, if I were a genius […]
In this article Eric Traub suggests the corporate world has much to learn about talent from how Tibetan Buddhist monks learn.
When I make what I am doing the purpose of what I am doing then I no longer experience it as the price I have to pay to get a reward. It is its own reward. I am fulfilled by doing it.