Tag: Sovereign Individual

Success? There has to be a reason…

This week, screenwriter and actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge was defending herself against accusations of being posh and privileged.

Whenever someone is successful, others search for a reason. Ideally, that reason should be “unfair” in some way: privilege, poshness, nepotism, even a “natural talent” or “magic touch”.

Clearly, it shouldn’t involve hard work, dedication or focus.

Picture: British GQ/Jason Hetherington

A reflection of other people

Robert Greene on the importance of being grounded and knowing your selves:

If you’re constantly listening to what other people are saying, if you’re plugged into the matrix continually, and that’s your only reality, then … you’re never understanding who you are. What you see when you look in the mirror is a reflection of all the opinions that other people have … You become a reflection of other people.

A five-minute film for the weekend…

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Getting laid off. Starting again. @HarvardBiz

Losing your job can be hard. For some, though, it’s the spur they need to start out on their own.

Here’s some interesting research from Harvard Business Review (Eliana Crosina of Babson College and Michael G. Pratt of the Carroll School of Management, Boston College). The researchers find that such job-seekers fall into two categories: Recreators and Repurposers:

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The call of the savannah

We are more animal and more ancient than we admit.

Our higher selves wrestle with the great philosophical challenges of the day. Why is there no wi-fi? Why do the cleaners over-stuff the paper towel dispenser? Do I really want to have a smart meter? And, will the Russians hack it if I do?

Meanwhile, deep within, our brains arrange things the way that – based on two million years of evolution – they always have been.

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How to Think Like a Roman Emperor – @DonJRobertson

Stoic, cognitive psychotherapist, trainer and writer Donald Robertson has a new book out in April. If you took part in the recent Stoic Week event, you’ll recognise him and his voice from the introductory webinar and recorded exercises.

In How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius, Robertson combines historical biography, stoic philosophy and cognitive behavioural therapy. The result promises to be an effective, hands-on guide to applying stoicism in everyday life.

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