Every time I learn something new,
it pushes some old stuff out of my brain

Homer Simpson

Everything is accumulative: building good habits to move beyond willpower


We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. Aristotle This post is an exploration of positive and negative accumulation — that is, the effect of doing something (however small or seemingly irrelevant) regularly to the point that its effects compound over time. For me, this often revolves around learning a skill, but I think it’s equally relevant for lifestyle...

The Privileged Few


Looking around my pleasant apartment in Salisbury I notice a tasteful array of softly-hued furniture around me, wooden floors, a Persian rug and a gentle warm light by which I can write. Although I’m in the centre of town, the double glazing keeps the noise out — as well as the recent autumnal chill. I read recently that the richest 85 people in the world own as much as the poorest 3.5 billion...

The Art of Continual Self Development


I sat in a camping chair within the base of a wide valley in North America – the towering dark shape of austere, snow capped mountains just a fringe to the infinitely vast ocean of stars above. The warmth of the campfire playfully singed my legs, the cool of a clear, open night sky gently resting on my face as I stared upwards. In that moment, facing a sea of stars, the question echoed into...

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