Work-Life Balance

As a general principle: no entity can be optimally efficient at more than one thing. The more limited the goals, the higher one’s chance of efficiency. A multipurpose machine – human or corporate – is always going to be less efficient than one which is dedicated to a single purpose.

Our brains are not specifically designed or evolved to be maximally efficient at one thing. Instead, this cognitive and emotional machine is profoundly generalist – it comes moderately well equipped for a huge range of possible activities

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What Do Cynical People Really Want?

Cynics will tell you that everyone is selfish and weak; that ‘the system’ is rigged and driven by greed; that you can never succeed so it’s pointless (and contemptible) to try

That all ideals are ridiculous and that ‘do gooders’ are only out to show off their own (supposed) virtues.

Their downbeat assessments are based not on dispassionate analyses of our species but on an inner emotional compulsion.

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Why Music Works

One of the most calming things that societies have ever devised is the lullaby. In almost every culture there has ever been, mothers have rocked and sung their babies to sleep.

The baby is showing us that we are all tonal creatures long before we are creatures of understanding.

The musician can, at points, trump anything the philosopher might tell us.

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How to be an Entrepreneur

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Starting your own business is one of the biggest dreams of our times.

Most of the advice is on the practicalities – writing a business plan, raising money, marketing, etc

To be an entrepreneur means to become an expert in the things that make life difficult for people

Every ambitious business is in some way trying to fix things for other people

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In Praise of Short-Term Love

One of the big assumptions of our times is that if love is real, it must by definition prove to be eternal. We equate genuine relationships with life-long relationships. We appear fundamentally unable to trust that a relationship could be at once sincere, meaningful and important – and yet at the same time fairly and guiltlessly limited in its duration.

A great many of the pleasures and virtues of relationships do only reveal themselves over time, once trust has been established and loyalty fully demonstrated. Not least, children always benefit.

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