The Basics: Confidence – Nicholas Bate

Another in Nicholas Bate’s series of the Basic 7s. This one is interesting. Working independently as a freelancer, portfolio worker, sovereign professional or even as an individual contributor within a large organisation, it’s easy to have lapses in confidence. Here are seven basic steps to follow: “2. Read about those who inspire you and copy their […]

Inspiration for a Friday – Cultural Offering

Kurt’s Cultural Offering has an inspiring quote for Friday and the weekend: “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.”

20 questions for Deepak Chopra – @Entrepreneur

Some interesting insights from Deepak Chopra, interviewed on Entrepreneur.com. I’m not a huge fan of his work, but I enjoyed the tips for productivity. Fun and joy are vital.  

Marcus Aurelius, by Matthew Arnold

I read somewhere (now lost) that the Victorian writer and critic Matthew Arnold was responsible for bringing Marcus Aurelius to a broader, modern audience. Here’s Arnold’s essay, originally published in The Victoria Magazine in 1863, and here republished by the University of Adelaide. For the impatient, the real discussion starts at paragraph 9: “[Aurelius] is perhaps […]

Politics and the Professional Mindset – @SPressfield

A timely (for the UK) post from Steven Pressfield: “Candidates for office in all lands and in every century make the same promise to the voters they hope to attract: ‘I will get you what you want and it will cost you nothing.’” But, it’s more important than simply a political health warning. That thinking […]

Meditation and creativity – essential basics from Nicholas Bate

Two more essential sets of basics from Nicholas Bate: Simple Meditation 7 A time to be not just do. … Sit somewhere quiet. Be quiet. Creativity 7 7. … practise the skill of creativity daily. Related? Quite possibly.

Ravens – @execupundit

Insight and a pointer from Execupundit. At the risk of spoiling the surprise, I’ll say that I hadn’t before encountered Edgar Allan Poe’s Raven. A world of cultural allusion has just opened up for me.

The work will fall back to meet you – @execupundit

Sage words from Execupundit’s Michael Wade: “I find that I get more work done by slowing down…” The rest, here. Click slowly.

Echoes through time: Vex not thy spirit

“Vex not thy spirit at the course of things; They heed not thy vexation.” Marcus Aurelius (121 – 180), Meditations (Book 7)

On the benefits of forest bathing

To walk in the woods, feel your pace slow, your shoulders loosen and the fresh forest air wash your worries clean. This piece, from the World Economic Forum no less, has proof that “forest bathing” is good for you. But, we knew that all along. Forests I remember: somewhere primeval in the rainforest of Washington’s […]

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