The post-Christmas reading shelf

(plus a little, stray listening too large for the music shelves) It groans in weight and eager anticipation. There is no particular order, but I’ve already started The Word Detective and Dear Mr M.    

For the new year…

From Nicholas Bate: 22 steps to get what you want 7 challenges 1 observation  

Everybody should own …

an Idea Book. From Mr Execupundit, Michael Wade: “You know what happens to good ideas if you don’t write them down. No matter how brilliant they may be – how certain you are that they will be carved into your memory – if they are not on paper they disappear. I use lots of Moleskine […]

Custardy content muzak and Seth’s candy diet – @thisisseth

Here’s an interesting post from Seth Godin that should resonate with everyone: the dumbing down of media. It’s something that is all too familiar in business written content, too. In fear of losing audience, there is relentless pressure to make things simpler, to always aim for the warm custard of cognitive fluency. The problem is […]

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes – Neil Gaiman

A New Year’s wish from Neil Gaiman “And for this year, my wish for each of us is small and very simple. And it’s this. I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing […]

We tell ourselves stories …

This caught my eye in Andrew Marr’s column from today’s Sunday Times: “[Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky] believed humans don’t listen to hard evidence and statistics clearly because we tell ourselves stories. That’s how we make sense of an uncertain world. But the very vividness of stories can persuade us that we understand things we don’t.”

Echoes through time: Learning difficult things

This energising thought for the new year, courtesy of Kurt at Cultural Offering: “There is no easy method of learning difficult things.  The method is to close the door, give out that you are not at home, and work.” Joseph de Maistre, 1753-1821

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