It is almost universally agreed that education is hugely
important. But we are not particularly sure what we want
from it. Our large commitment to there being good schools
ironically has not been matched by concern about what they
The aim of education...
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
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...
1. Respond honestly to what you really love
When punk emerged in the mid-70s, the whole fabric of John
Peel’s BBC Radio 1 programme changed overnight. He
abandoned epic 25-minute Prog-Rock overtures made by men in
embroidered capes, and gave over all of his...
When you are able to improvise, almost anything becomes
possible. I really believe that - and just as I was planning
to write this blog post I was handed a wonderful example of
improvisation actually saving people's lives.
But what do I mean by...
When people stay in a hotel, they hope to have a nice time.
And, at a given price point, the hotel management will go to
great lengths to remove the obstacles to a happy visit. They
aim to provide excellent beds, linen, televisions,...
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,...
A few years ago I started consciously watching the first
thing that came to mind as I awoke each morning.
More often than not what would appear during those first few
hazy moments was “The List”. The curtains I must
remember to fix, the...
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.
The final principle of successful optimists is easy to say
and hard to do. It is simply this: try to kick out your
It’s hard to do because cynicism has become embedded in
our society and is even held up as wisdom. But...