I have lived most of my adult life with the persistent notion that what I do daily must be productive, contain value for other people, and lead to eventual commercial success. In this there must be recognition from others, and, of course, an exchange of legal tender, otherwise it’s hardly worth doing.
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I’ve changed my mind. In fact, it has been changing for some time, it’s only recently I have caught up. I’m talking about my relationship with daily work and how I categorise it. I have called myself a businessman in the recent and distant past, but I never really believed it. I thought I was, […]
As I contemplated dropping my van to the mechanic this morning, I considered how I might get back home as fast as possible. I could get the missus to follow me in the family car. I’d save time, get more work done, achieve more than I would if I walked. Really? To what end? It’s […]
As I carry on my daily work, my mind is focused. But in the moments of reduced attention to the task, in recent weeks, it wanders to thoughts of my ultimate demise. I think of me, my parents, my wife and children, all one day gone. Today I thought of a business friend who lost […]
You’re a fool no matter what. The moment you feel inflated by the apparent self-confidence or self-depreciation that possess you, you should know it to be true. All ambition, all notions of grandeur and importance, your status in the world, all feelings of worthlessness and objectification by others, the entire form and structure of your […]
I read a post this morning on The Resilience Institute LinkedIn profile on how to be resilient in face of challenges, and it prompted me to put a short article together. The LinkedIn post shared an article reporting that exercise helps build resilience. In short, I’d have to agree. Here’s why It seems to me, […]
Work for many people is a kind of prison. Or maybe it’s more accurate to say it represents a kind of psychological prison, the alternative to which, is often inconceivable. But what are we if we are not volitional, the active agent in our own lives capable of making decisions without the imposition of some […]