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
In the early days of the horseless carriage, the Locomotive Act required such vehicles to be preceded by a man with a red flag. Safety first, after all.
The flag-man is back, but now must shout “Broom, broom! Parp, parp!” at pedestrians.
Read and rejoice at the acoustic coddling, here.
Execupundit’s Michael Wade on an eternal truth:
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No matter how small an act may be, if it is kind or cruel and needlessly done, there is a good chance that it will be remembered for many years.
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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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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People often say they want to give up their day-job and follow their passion. They’re going to be a writer, photographer, whatever.
I just don’t have the time or energy to concentrate, the logic goes.
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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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Man is capable of changing the world for the better if possible, and of changing himself for the better if necessary.
Viktor E. Frankl (1905 – 1997), Man’s Search for Meaning
Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problem and to fulfil the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual.
Viktor Frankl (1905 – 1997), Man’s Search for Meaning
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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