“Few people ever have an abundance of choice of occupation. But what matters is that we have some choice, that we are not absolutely tied to a job which has been chosen for us, and that if one position becomes intolerable, or if we set our heart on another, there is always a way for the able, at some sacrifice, to achieve his goal. Nothing makes conditions more unbearable than the knowledge that no effort of ours can change them; and even if we should never have the strength of mind to make the necessary sacrifice, the knowledge that we could escape if we only strove hard enough makes many otherwise intolerable positions bearable.”
Friedrich Hayek (1899 – 1992), The Road to Serfdom
Image: National Portrait Gallery
Another great post from Seth Godin:
Yes there was supposed to be a clown at your birthday party. No, he didn’t show up. That’s a bummer.
The question is: how long should you mourn the loss of the clown? How much more of your party are you ready to sacrifice?
Read the rest, here, and consider.
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As if you needed another reason.
This is a great blog post from Fender: 5 Reasons Playing Guitar is Good for the Mind and Body.
The five reasons are:
- Physical Benefits
And, it includes research too.
Check it out, here.
Left-wing politicians and officials at HMRC dislike the gig economy because it doesn’t conform to their model of what work should be.
Yes, welfare and regulation need to be adapted, but changes should go with the grain of modern employment rather than against it. Not least because it’s what so many people actually want to do.
Read the rest in The Times, here.
A wilful determination to see participants in the gig economy as helpless victims risks destroying the very real value that sovereign professionals both provide and enjoy.
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Author Robert Greene’s offering a free (and excellent) little ebook of his strategies for better writing and thinking.
I found his thoughts on stamina and research particularly interesting.
Here’s an excerpt:
When I read a book, I am looking for the essential elements in the work that can be used to create the strategies and stories that appear in my books. As I am reading a book I underline important passages and sections and put notes (called marginalia) on the side.
After I’m done reading I’ll often put it aside for up to a week and think deeply about the lessons and key stories that could be used for my book project. I then go back and put these important sections on notecards. A good book will generate 20 to 30 notecards, while a bad book will generate two or three notecards.
Head over to Greene’s Power, Seduction and War blog and surrender your email address.
Several studies showing the benefits of silence from IdeaPod.
Whether meditation of simply a walk in the woods, a period of silence heals and rewires the brain while reducing stress.
And an advertisement for Finland.
I was sad to hear of the passing of John Perry Barlow – internet pioneer, lyricist and cattle rancher – and posted this piece over on the Burning Pine blog.
I also came across this, which is better shared here. Approaching 30 and “surprised to have reached an age of indisputable adult”, Barlow wrote himself 25 principles of Adult Behaviour.
You can read the full list over on Lifehacker.
Here’s a taster:
- Never assume the motives of others are, to them, less noble than yours are to you.
- Expand your sense of the possible.
- Don’t trouble yourself with matters you truly cannot change.
- Concern yourself with what is right rather than who is right.
- Learn the needs of those around you and respect them.
- Avoid the pursuit of happiness. Seek to define your mission and pursue that.
Also, an excuse to share the song Cassidy, mentioned in the article.
Here’s the Dead:
I have seen where the wolf has slept by the silver stream.
I can tell by the mark he left, you were in his dream.
Ah, child of countless trees.
Ah, child of boundless seas.
And also, on the subject of Cassidy(s), here’s a beautiful piece by Barlow describing the song’s origins.