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How to Get Rich

How to Get Rich

I used to read a lot of books about wealth and how to get rich. One of the things that bothered me was how much time they took to not really present that much information. Often the author would spend more than half the book talking about their past history and how many months they spent sleeping on a friend’s couch until they made it rich. I’ve also spent months sleeping on a friend’s couch and it didn’t lead to…

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Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence

At school we tend to put more of an emphasis on intellectual and mental growth rather than emotional despite the fact that at that time of life it would have been especially useful to at least learn something about our emotions and what we’re going through. We don’t get a lot of teaching about emotional intelligence in school. One of the reasons is because as kids we are still developing our emotions and trying to understand them, so it’s very…

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Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking

Like many people I was never taught critical thinking skills when I was younger and like many people if you stopped me on the street and asked me point blank to define exactly what critical thinking was, I would probably give you a blank stare back and say something like, “Um, it’s…thinking… critically…?” The fact that I couldn’t recognise it (even though I was convinced that I was doing it every day) meant that when someone or something challenged my…

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The Systems Perspective and the Curse of the Magic Bullet

The Systems Perspective and the Curse of the Magic Bullet

One of my favourite quotes ever (which I will paraphrase slightly) is from H. L. Mencken. It goes like this: “For every complex and difficult problem, there is an answer that is clear, simple, easy to understand, and wrong.” I like that quote, not just because the ending is unexpected, but because it accurately describes the conventional wisdom about large complex problems and what we get wrong about them. I grew up with a very romantic view of problem solving….

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Empathy

Empathy

Have you ever noticed how much people can be jerks sometimes? They are rude, disrespectful, arrogant, judgemental and lazy. Why do people behave in such a difficult way? They pick fights, they are rude, insensitive to me, it’s almost like People are doing this deliberately because they just know that it’s pushing my buttons. This person has it in for me. They are acting strangely and in a way that is deliberately offensive. They make me so mad. What I…

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The Enemy of My Enemy

The Enemy of My Enemy

I was asked to expand on some of the thoughts I wrote about in my post on A Common Enemy, so here are a few more thoughts. I really appreciate people asking me about things they want to see. Thank you! One of the things that I find really interesting in today’s society is that there seems to be a number of groups, tribes and movements which are based around things that people don’t want rather than what they do….

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Manning up

Manning up

As I’ve mentioned before, I have a four year old son who is just starting preschool and also just starting to discover that the world is a whole lot bigger than he previously realised. He is a very boyish boy, his favourite colour is blue and his favourite things at the moment are dinosaurs. We watched the trailer for Frozen part 2 on TV the other day and he declared that he didn’t like it because it looked like a…

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It’s All About The Money (Part 2)

It’s All About The Money (Part 2)

In my last post I talked about money and the changing landscape of business and how that affects things like getting a job and a lifelong income. I don’t think that the money skills that we learned in the past are adequate to help people develop and succeed in the current economic climate, even though they are still taught. Don’t get me wrong, I think living frugally, spending less than you earn, saving and investing are all still relevant, but…

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It’s All About the Money (Part 1)

It’s All About the Money (Part 1)

A few years ago I was working with a young lady in her 20’s who was talking about her spending habits and the fact that she had maxed out her credit card. I mentioned that that would mean she would have to change her spending so she could start paying it off and she remarked that it didn’t matter as she would just apply for another credit card from another bank. “It’s easy!” she said, “You just ask and they…

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School is for Stories

School is for Stories

Let me tell you a story. Once, not long ago, there was a young person of indiscriminate age, gender and ethnicity. They lived a fairly ordinary life. They had no special powers that they knew of, they weren’t the chosen one, or the one that everyone liked or didn’t like. In fact they were pretty average and quite ordinary. The only real super powers they displayed were courage, intelligence, creativity and a sense of humour. But then one day something…

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