My 3 Resolutions For 2018

I like to make my big resolutions in spring as the weather (and sunlight) are more conducive to keeping them, but now is a good time to get some starter resolutions going – not least because the days are getting longer (yeah!) and it’s a new year! So here are my three for the start of 2018: Continue reading “My 3 Resolutions For 2018”

The (Comic) Difference Between “Western” and “Eastern” Mindsets

I’ve often tried to pin down the difference between the western and eastern mindsets. I’ve now found the simplest and best description of the difference. It wasn’t from a philosophy book, but rather a book on comics! Scott McCloud’s classic “Understanding Comics” has a section contrasting American and Japanese comics, which sums it all up. Continue reading “The (Comic) Difference Between “Western” and “Eastern” Mindsets”

Developing Your Five Minds For the Future

There are some ways of thinking that I keep coming back to. One is what the Harvard educationalist, Howard Gardner, calls the “Five Minds For the Future” These are the types of thinking/minds we all need to develop in the modern post-industrial world. The five minds in his own words are: Continue reading “Developing Your Five Minds For the Future”

Every Age With a Famous Writer

I love this beautifully produced book: 100 Years by Joshua Prager. Every age from 0 to 100 years is featured with a quote from a famous writer. Here’s a selection.

14 Even though I’m only fourteen, I know what I want, I know who’s right and who’s wrong, I have my own opinions, ideas, and principles… (Anne Frank, The Diary of Anne Frank)

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My Advice For Twenty-Somethings

I recently gave a speech to new graduates joining my bank. Rather than given a dull speech on the economic outlook, I thought I’d talk about transitions they are facing in the world, in banking and in their lives. The excerpt below is the part on their transition from being students to becoming workers. It could apply to twenty-somethings in any industry. Oh, and if you want the full speech, let me know and I’ll email it over. Continue reading “My Advice For Twenty-Somethings”

Yikes! My Phone Died (and How I Survived)

It happened while on holiday. I dropped my iPhone in the salty sea, my phone got soaked, end of phone. I’ve been iPhone-less for over a week now. That means no WhatsApp, no social media, no Google Maps, no newsfeeds and no camera. I’ve had to resort to using my “back-up” old-school Nokia (pictured) – it can make calls and its battery lasts forever, but that’s about all it can do.

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Enter the Way Of Bruce Lee (3 min read)

Growing up I loved Bruce Lee. His fighting skills, elegance and wit were unique. But beyond that, he showed that someone who looked different from the conventional superstar could become a global icon (a bit like Muhammad Ali). I wasn’t alone in thinking that. In a strange mash-up, the American rap scene took him up as an icon most notably with the American hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan. Continue reading “Enter the Way Of Bruce Lee (3 min read)”

Recovering the Lost Art Of Chivalry (3 min read)

noun  /ˈʃɪv.əl.ri/  1) very polite, honest, and kind behaviour, especially by men towards women 2) the system of behaviour followed by knights in the medieval period of history, that put a high value on honour, kindness, and courage

Chivalry sounds so old-fashioned, but if any tradition needs to be revived perhaps it should be this one. What sparked my interest is a 10th-century book I stumbled across called “The Way Of Chivalry”.

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The Statistics Of Our Death (2 min read)

Death. When we hear about it, usually on the news in the form of murders and wars, it is presented as shocking and rare events. The rest of the time, we take cues from our youth-centric culture to live in a cocoon of apparent immortality. Yet, we all know we will die. It is as inevitable as paying taxes. And it much more common than we think.

Guess how many people died in the United States last year? 5,000, 100,000, more?  Continue reading “The Statistics Of Our Death (2 min read)”

Spring Cleaning For the Mind, Body and Soul (4 min read)

Spring is here, the sun is out and days are getting longer. There is something special about this time of year. Most cultures mark this time as the beginning of new things – we have Easter (Christian-influenced cultures), Nowruz (new year, Persian), Passover (Jewish), Holi (festival of colour, Hindu), Qingming (Tomb-sweeping, China), the spring equinox (usually March 20th when day and night are of equal length) and of course the new fiscal year (!). So rather than using Jan 1st as the time to make resolutions for the year ahead, I think spring is a much better time to begin afresh. The trick is to pick small changes that have outsized impacts on your life, and here would be mine: Continue reading “Spring Cleaning For the Mind, Body and Soul (4 min read)”