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      

Essentials 101, the complete list from Nicholas Bate

The full 101, well worth a ponder: 96. Visit places where there is no concrete, no electricity, no wi-fi. Just as a simple reminder of where you really are and its wonder and power.  

Talk your way to power

Language lover and Inky Fool, Mark Forsyth on the figures of rhetoric. Entertaining and informative: His book The Elements of Rhetoric is highly recommended for anyone with an interest in effective language. A couple of others are Sam Leith’s You Talkin’ To Me? and Joseph Romm’s Language Intelligence.      

The most regretful people on earth …

“The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.” Mary Oliver, via Brain Pickings.  

The Office of Introspection

What a great idea, from Execupundit: “Large organizations could benefit from an Office of Introspection, which would ideally have a small staff with the job of identifying two things …” Find out what they are, here.

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