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disappointment. On the one hand, we have an idealistic idea
that a politician should be an upright hero, a man or woman
who can breathe new moral life into the corrupt workings of
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We live in a world saturated with false glamour. In truth,
the problem does not lie with glamour itself, but with the
things we have collectively agreed to regard as glamorous.
Progress wouldn’t be found in eradicating the whole idea
of glamour from our...
Groups of young men armed with planks of wood roam the
alleyways extorting money. Houses are made of bits of tin,
old doors, the occasional lump of concrete, oil drums and
tarpaulin sheets. Sofa carcasses thrown onto rubbish tips in
the first world are...
There are many guide books suggesting what you might do when
you get to Seville. But they all pretty much agree that you
must go both to the Plaza de España, built for the
Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, and then to the Alcázar
You’ve been in the air for 12 hours. Now this anonymous
box. It was your company’s idea. You’d have a chance to
sleep a little, then catch the next 11 hour flight, before
heading straight into the conference.
You’ve been assigned a room at...
The modern world is in love with entrepreneurship. Starting
your own business holds the same sort of prestigious
position as, in previous ages, making a pilgrimage to
Jerusalem or spearing multiple enemies in battle.
However, what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur
We don’t always feel comfortable admitting it to our
friends; it is embarrassing. But, secretly, the idea of
being famous has great appeal.
Fame is deeply attractive because it seems to offer very
significant benefits. The fantasies go like this: when you
are famous, wherever...
Wise men are able to make a fitting use even of their
I recently did an event at the School of Life titled What
Stands in the Way becomes the Way. The event focused on how
to channel Stoic principles into modern life,...
Today, like most days, you are anxious. It is there in the
background, always present, sometimes more to the fore,
sometimes less so, but never truly banished – at least not
for longer than an evening. The anxiety appears to be about
Almost certainly, you’ve been having a bad time at work.
In a perfect world, work should do so much for us: lend us
purpose and a sense of achievement, offer us meaning and
comradeship. But invariably, something goes wrong: our
talents feel like they’re...