Flow: The Secret To Learning Anything

Almost exactly a century ago in 1915, at the age of thirty-six, the brilliant physicist Albert Einstein was living in war ravaged Berlin, while his wife Mileva and their two sons, Hans Albert… Continue reading

The South Indian Monkey Trap: How Our Values Compromise Our Freedom

The South Indian Monkey Trap is an age old method for catching troublesome monkeys looking to steal food from local villagers in parts of India. This simple but ingenious trap consists of a… Continue reading

Reflections: Part Two

Why do I write? To make you, the reader, think differently. To help you discover something that I know you’d be able to see, if only you were looking in the right places.… Continue reading

The Insatiable Why

A few weeks ago, Australian writer, poet and psychologist Sarah Kate sent me an unexpected email containing a poem she wrote titled ‘The Insatiable Why’. At first I considered incorporating the poem into a piece I… Continue reading

Running To Stand Still: Why Fulfillment Trumps Happiness

The famous 19th century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “Those who have a ‘why’ to live, can bear with almost any ‘how’.” These words were later reproduced in Viktor Frankl’s remarkable Man’s… Continue reading

Progress And Perfection

Before smart phones and tablets children use to play with plastic puzzles. You would have a grid of about sixteen tiles. One of these tiles would be missing and they would be jumbled… Continue reading

Regrets Of The Dying

Close your eyes and for a few minutes try to imagine that the next 24 hours are all you have left. What would your biggest regret be if this was your last day of life? Bronnie… Continue reading

The Meaning Of Human Existence In Five Lines

“Why are we alive?” This was the question posed by Marion Block Anderson to Albert Einstein in 1951, a few years after the end of the Second World War. Described as “the quintessential… Continue reading

Our Ideas Of Success

In one of my favorite TED Talks, Swiss writer and philosopher Alain De Botton outlines what he describes as his “kinder, gentler philosophy of success.” In this eloquent and witty 16 minute talk,… Continue reading

New Slaves

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way… Continue reading

Father Forgets

‘Father Forgets’ by W. Livingston Larned originally appeared as an editorial in the People’s Home Journal and has been described as one of the classics of American journalism. When I came across this… Continue reading

The Obstacles In Our Path

In ancient times, a king had a boulder placed on a roadway. The king then hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants… Continue reading

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