The true doctrine of self-reliance, self-help and self-mastery

The ever rich and varied Hammock Papers has this great quotation from Theodore Roosevelt: Something can be done by good laws; more can be done by honest administration of the laws; but most of all can be done by frowning resolutely upon the preachers of vague discontent; and by upholding the true doctrine of self-reliance, […]

The Basics: Confidence – Nicholas Bate

Another in Nicholas Bate’s series of the Basic 7s. This one is interesting. Working independently as a freelancer, portfolio worker, sovereign professional or even as an individual contributor within a large organisation, it’s easy to have lapses in confidence. Here are seven basic steps to follow: “2. Read about those who inspire you and copy their […]

Taking it for granite – @thisisseth

Sound advice from Seth, here. And who can resist a tasty pun: “Those bedrock institutions, the foundational supports you take for granted–they rarely last forever. Nurturing and investing in the things we need and count on needs to be higher on the agenda.”    

Knives, tell them well – @thisisseth

Seth Godin on knives: “Cooks know that a sharp knife is less likely to cause injury, because it goes where you point it. It does what you tell it to do, which means you can focus on what you want the outcome to be. The challenge of a sharp knife is that it puts ever […]

The relevance of Ayn Rand – @ASI

Eamonn Butler, at the Adam Smith Institute, discusses the increasing influence of Ayn Rand 35 years after her death.  

The Gig Economy in retreat?

With recent rulings against Uber and Pimlico Plumbers, it would be tempting to conclude that the Gig Economy is in retreat. There are other cases in the pipeline, including Deliveroo and CitySprint. In reality, these should just be teething troubles. Back in 1937, Ronald Coase (in The Nature of the Firm) showed why firms exist in the first […]

Echoes through time: Rising for the work of man

“At day’s first light have in readiness, against disinclination to leave your bed, the thought that “I am rising for the work of man”. Marcus Aurelius (121 – 180), Meditations (Book 5)

If your mood is low – Nicholas Bate

He has something for every occasion. Here, Nicholas Bate has the cure for those occasional, but inevitable, low moments: 2. A walk would be good. Long. Rain or shine. And your dog would love it to. 4. Escape into a novel. Read the rest, here.

A contract with Me Inc. #writing

Two posts this week that reflect the need for a professional approach to your writing, or to any other independent business. The ever-inspirational Steven Pressfield posted the third in his series on the Professional Mindset: “Every Monday morning I have a meeting with myself. I go over everything I’ve got to do in the coming week. […]

Make great coffee, and 21 other ways to build your personal brand – Nicholas Bate

22 simple but powerful tips from Nicholas Bate. I would argue they work equally well for a sovereign professional as for someone in a large organisation. Including: 13. Remember names, birthdays and catch people doing things right. 14. Find out what humility is and develop it. 15. Never ever, ever, ever be sarcastic. 16. Own your career path. […]

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