Steven Pressfield, writing “as if” …

Writing “As If” Another great post from Steven Pressfield. The concept reminds me a little of NLP.    

Neil Gaiman on Norse Mythology

I’m looking forward to this so much. I’ve loved Norse mythology since I was small and Look and Learn magazine (or was it World of Wonder?) ran a series on the Norse gods. Neil Gaiman’s brilliantly imagined American Gods reintroduced me as, of course did the Marvel films. His book on the mythology is out in […]

Small but powerful

Pithy, but powerful, another list from Nicholas Bate:   2. Being on time 5. Remembering names The full list, here.  

We should aspire to enchant…

You know it makes sense… Explainer, Elucidator, Enchanter: A Gradation of Great Writing

The decision is more important than pride

A great post from Seth Godin on new information requiring new decisions. We often struggle with an irrational attachment to sunk costs but: “What’s lost is lost, we can’t regain what went down in the flood.” Bob Dylan, The Wedding Song Or: “Things without all remedy Should be without regard: what’s done, is done.” William […]

Rock and roll rhetoric: White Room

“In the white room with black curtains near the station. Black-roof country, no gold pavements, tired starlings. Silver horses run down moonbeams in your dark eyes. Dawn-light smiles on you leaving, my contentment.” White Room (Brown, Bruce), Cream Maybe a text-book example of asyndeton in rock lyrics. Poet and lyricist Pete Brown paints his scenes […]

The neuroscience of memorable messages

Way back in June, I spotted this on Michael Wade’s Execupundit blog. It took me until last week to sit down and watch it, however. But, I was so impressed, I’m currently reading Carmen Simon’s book Impossible to Ignore. Anyway responsible for crafting memorable messages should find the video worth a watch: This is the book […]

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Slice Planner: a daily planner that merges paper and digital

Via The Cramped, is news of a fantastic concept currently on Kickstarter. It’s a diary / planning solution that combines the visceral delight of real paper and pencil with the sheer and shareable convenience of digital. What a great idea! You can plan your day on paper, then use your phone’s camera to synch it […]

The Daily Stoic

This looks interesting. From Brain Pickings, a review of a new book, The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living, by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman. Having read Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations and a little Seneca, I’ve wanted to learn more about Stoic philosophy. It feels very contemporary, very  relevant to […]

The Great Books …

This is a great find, courtesy of Anderson Layman’s blog, the Wikipedia entry for the Great Books; 161 books for every personal library. Some examples to whet your appetite: 29. Marcus Aurelius – Meditations 42. Leonardo da Vinci – Notebooks 71. Isaac Newton – Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy 158. Franz Kafka – The Castle      

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