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HOW TO STOP BEING A HAMSTER

HOW TO STOP BEING A HAMSTER

Last week I asked if you were a hamster and if you always wanted to be a hamster – someone stuck on the wheel of work with no prospect of doing exactly what you want to do with your life while you are still full of energy.  This week we look at how to stop being a hamster – especially if you are a small business owner.   Know what you want to do This is harder than it seems.  But...

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ARE YOU A HAMSTER?

ARE YOU A HAMSTER?

When I was 40, I discovered that I was a hamster.  It really surprised me.  The previous year I had hung up my consulting boots and left the company I had co-founded with enough money to live off for ever. I had been working 50-80 hours a week as a consultant for the previous 14 years, often working seven days a week, and rarely taking a vacation.  Very largely, my work was my life.  And...

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THE DAY I LOST MY PET MONKEY

THE DAY I LOST MY PET MONKEY

One minute Jacko was right next to me.  A few minutes later he wasn’t there.  When the boat pulled in to the landing, there was no Jacko.  The day was utterly traumatic for me.  I really loved Jacko and it was my first experience of serious loss. So I will always remember that sad day on the Finsbury Park boating lake.  Jacko must have fallen overboard, and there was no way they were going...

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THE 80/20 VIEW OF SELF-DISCIPLINE

THE 80/20 VIEW OF SELF-DISCIPLINE

Can you recall the first time you exerted self-discipline?  For me it was when I started to play the piano at age 6.  Every morning I got up before everybody else and practised for an hour, plonking away (it also served to wake everyone up).   I enjoyed it and it rapidly became a habit, thus not requiring much effort.  If you are reading this, I think the chances are that you had a similar...

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THE 80/20 VIEW OF CHOICES

THE 80/20 VIEW OF CHOICES

When I was growing up there was a truly awful television program which I watched religiously.  I think it was called Take Your Pick and it involved the oily host, Hughie Green, alternatively buttering up and intimidating poor members of the audience, who were invited to “take the money” – a certain amount of cash he offered them, with readies in his hand – or “open the box”.  Inside...

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DEEP RESPONSIBILITY

DEEP RESPONSIBILITY

I don’t know why, but we have a fascination with courtroom drama, ranging from reality TV in South Africa to Perry Mason who never lost a case.  But the most gripping story is perhaps the oldest, from Homer. It’s the trial of Orestes.  The story starts when his mother, Clytemnestra has an affair.  She and her lover murder her husband Agamemnon, the father of Orestes.  Now the son faces an...

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