Viewing entries posted in June 2012
When people hear that I’ve co-written a book called The
Mindful Manifesto, they sometimes approach me with questions
about the title, such as: “Manifesto? Do you mean that
meditation is a party political act?,” or “Isn't a
manifesto all about action and meditation all about...
"What Europe can learn from America: failure!" That title
appeared on the cover of Wired magazine last year and it has
stuck in my head. Not a month goes by without business
magazines like Wired and Fast Company reminding us that
failure isn't always...
People find cool elusive because when they go in search of
cool they often go in search of the wrong thing.
Why is it so easy to go in search of the wrong thing?
There are two reasons. First, cool is highly contextual.
At the age of thirty, I was offered the tenancy of a cottage
high in the hills of mid-Wales for just a peppercorn rent; a
cottage with no electricity, gas or running water. I had no
plan when I went there. I was...
In 2009 I travelled to the tiny island of Pohnpei in the
Federated States of Micronesia to fulfill my lifelong
ambition of coaching a national football team.
The reason I chose Pohnpei was simple: they were
semi-officially the worst football team on the planet. They
TV chefs teach us how to cook better. Cutting edge sports
equipment makes us run faster. And with a combination of the
words 'how to' and an internet connection, you can learn
pretty much everything. The amateur is getting more
professional. But are we...
Love triggers dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin. That's why
it's so motivating. But happy chemicals come in spurts. They
do their job by turning off after they turn on. When your
happy chemicals dip, you might interpret it as a loss of
love. That turns...
Each of us is always changing the world in some way or other
all the time. So John-Paul Flintoff starts out his answer to
‘how to change the world’ with a theory of history.
Where Carlyle saw history as the work of great...