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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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,...
What would you do if money was no object? How would you
really enjoy spending your life? Watch this inspiring
short film narrated by the British philosopher Alan Watts on
the topic of defining your life by what you enjoy doing.