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  • Always Stay Sharp

    As I have mentioned before Ross Enamait is someone I often read when I want a different perspective on the fight game, as one might expect there are a lot of lessons to be learnt and a lot of carry over. I took particular note of the phrase I have highlighted below. I’m sure there are… Read more…

    Always Stay Sharp
  • Everyone Is An Expert

    I am lead to believe that the reason young children are good at learning languages is not only the wonderful plasticity of their young brains but also that they dont mind making fools of themselves. On the other hand adults have a built in embarrassment interrupter gear that works to prevent us looking like peanuts. This has some… Read more…

    Everyone Is An Expert
  • The Voice Of Self Doubt

    As I have said before, the game of entrepreneurship is won between your ears. The reason you are in this game is the same reason you will succeed in it. This game tests your inner strength, resiliency, creativity and optimism. Have you ever wondered why some people who are not nearly as smart as you, as dedicated… Read more…

    The Voice Of Self Doubt
  • Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing

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Always Stay Sharp

As I have mentioned before Ross Enamait is someone I often read when I want a different perspective on the fight game, as one might expect there are a lot of lessons to be learnt and a lot of carry over. I took particular note of the phrase I have highlighted below.

I’m sure there are certain readers wondering why on earth I would want to remind a boxer about the harsh nature of the sport. The reason is actually quite simple though. I am not trying to discourage anyone or elicit unnecessary fear. On the contrary, I want my boxers to be ultra sharp and aware each time they enter the ring. Some might disagree, but I believe it’s useful to know that you are never more than one careless mistake away from tasting the canvas.

More here – RossBoxing

Everyone Is An Expert

I am lead to believe that the reason young children are good at learning languages is not only the wonderful plasticity of their young brains but also that they dont mind making fools of themselves. On the other hand adults have a built in embarrassment interrupter gear that works to prevent us looking like peanuts. This has some interesting implications. It acts to hold us back from undertaking new tasks that are outside the realm of our existing core competencies. We seem to forget that everyone, even experts were once  a beginner. This desire not to embarrass ourselves limits what we might try and what we might achieve. There are no instant experts – something we forget.

It also has a wider implication in that you cannot advertise an event or a course as being suitable for beginners because no one like to consider themselves a beginner, even if they have never undertaken the task before. FIGJAM is alive and well, even to the detriment of those who want to learn or do something new.

The Voice Of Self Doubt

As I have said before, the game of entrepreneurship is won between your ears. The reason you are in this game is the same reason you will succeed in it. This game tests your inner strength, resiliency, creativity and optimism.

Have you ever wondered why some people who are not nearly as smart as you, as dedicated as you or possibly even as strong as you seem to do better than you in business? Doesn’t it tick you off a bit? I know it did me for a while. But here are some inner-game shifts that can give you the same advantage that some of those folks have. And guess what? They have nothing to do with technical expertise.

More here – Entrepreneur

 

 

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An Antidote to the Age of Anxiety

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives,” Annie Dillard wrote in her timeless reflection on presence over productivity— a timely antidote to the central anxiety of our productivity-obsessed age. Indeed, my own New Year’s resolution has been to stop measuring my days by degree of productivity and start experiencing them by degree of presence. But what, exactly, makes that possible?

This concept of presence is rooted in Eastern notions of mindfulness — the ability to go through life with crystalline awareness and fully inhabit our experience — largely popularized in the West by British philosopher and writer Alan Watts (January 6, 1915–November 16, 1973), who also gave us this fantastic meditation on the life of purpose. In the altogether excellent 1951 volume The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety (public library), Watts argues that the root of our human frustration and daily anxiety is our tendency to live for the future, which is an abstraction. He writes:

If to enjoy even an enjoyable present we must have the assurance of a happy future, we are “crying for the moon.” We have no such assurance. The best predictions are still matters of probability rather than certainty, and to the best of our knowledge every one of us is going to suffer and die. If, then, we cannot live happily without an assured future, we are certainly not adapted to living in a finite world where, despite the best plans, accidents will happen, and where death comes at the end.

More here – Brainpickings

January

Now that the dust has settled on January I thought it was time for a little dodgy table and chart looking at the relative performance of a few markets.

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As you can see the trouble maker continues to be China, which should not be a surprise to anyone. What is surprising is the relatively good performance of the FTSE – this index has been moribund for sometime. However, this only a decent performance comparative to other indices which are doing worse. It is in no way indicative of some surprising turnaround in the fortunes of the FTSE. January seems to hold a special place in the heart of those with a predictive bent. The logic is that as goes January so too does the rest of the year.  Those who are fond of this idea point to the fact that it has been right 87% of the time whereas others dont seem all that keen on the idea.

My view is that I dont really care.

 

Charts Of Interest 29/01/16

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