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Travel as Therapy: Capri Hotel, Changi Airport, Singapore - for Thinking

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...
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How to become an entrepreneur

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 remains maddeningly...
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Your desire to be famous – and the problems it will bring you

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...
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Use Obstacles Against Themselves

Wise men are able to make a fitting use even of their enmities. —Plutarch 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,...
Posted by Ryan Holiday

Why you are anxious all the time

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 some very...
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Why you’re probably not enjoying your job very much

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...
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A guide to the pleasures of work

You might think this bit would be easy, but one of the hardest things about our working lives is knowing what we ideally want to do with them. It’s simple enough to sense what is boring and soul-destroying, but identifying what would satisfy us...
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The philosophers’ guide to gratitude

Feeling grateful about the good aspects of our lives is something we all know we should do a bit more often. And yet there’s often something curiously uncomfortable, even maddening, about being reminded to do so. In part, that’s because the call to be...
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Welcome to the dawn of Capitalism

Generous, thoughtful, sensitive people are often drawn to the view that we shouldn’t expect economies to ‘grow’. After all, the earth and its resources are limited, so why keep asking for GDP to expand? We don’t need more commercial activity or more businesses. We...
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Why We Need Better Celebrities

Serious people are used to thinking badly of 'celebrity culture' and serious news outlets are even more badly disposed towards stars like Justin and Miley, Tamara and Paris. They either ignore them completely or sneer at them because these stars are, as everyone knows,...
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How to have it all

How to have it all

The having it all wars are on again. Sheryl Sandberg Facebook's COO, is advising women to “lean in”: to believe in themselves and be more pro-active if they want to combine career success with a vibrant family life. Others, such as Princeton professor Anne-Marie Slaughter,...
Posted by Roman Krznaric

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