Boring is somber, unexciting, unremarkable, and yet it’s the opposite of these things. This is daily work. There’s nothing here that stands out from the backdrop of everyday life. Perfection. This is water on stone, the ever persistent artist in their art, their craft, their daily work. The street sweeper, the accountant, the plumber, the […]
Welcome to The Daily Article archive. Here’s where you’ll find previous issues of The Daily Article where I share my thoughts on life, work and the pursuit of happiness. Topics I regularly write on include the psychology of creativity and human behaviour, the nature of work, small business and society & culture. If you enjoy Sunday Letters you’ll enjoy these short daily writings.
“Go with the flow” is an invitation to jump in. That doesn’t mean the flow will be enjoyable–often it’s not. However, the invitation is always there. It’s momentum, and momentum seems to have direction in time and space, but this only appears so through linear analysis. Momentum is everywhere and always present, even when things […]
What is randomness? Would you say luck or chance are the same thing? Do you believe that the universe in which you live, or as some philosophers suggest, that you are, is random? I don’t buy into the concept. Randomness is an cheap explanation for that which we do not yet understand. Before I offer […]
A couple of years ago I wrote, kill your fucking heroes. It was an invitation to sever ties with the fictional characters to whom we have assigned reverence. These fictions come in all forms; religions, governments, corporations, business leaders, sports people, cultural celebrities, gurus, and so on. They are not the people and authorities we […]
After you work for yourself for a while, you won’t go back. If you are of a certain ilk, that is. You’re not born that way, working for yourself makes you that. You might go back in body for a brief period, but it’s impossible to go back in mind.
Werner Heisenberg writes of the nature of reality and of the fundamental basis of matter in Physics and Philosophy, as he recounts the ancient philosophy of the Greeks; The process of Becoming is considered a sort of debasement of the infinite Being – a disintegration into the struggle ultimately expiated by a return into that […]
When sitting with a problem, avoid settling for “this is hard”, and instead, add a “but”. The “but” leaves the door open to a solution. So then, “this is hard” turns into, for example, “this is hard, but I can find an answer”. “This is hard” is a verbalisation of a state of mind. It’s a definitive state of mind–a close loop from which there is no way out.