Category Archives: Accomplishments

Don’t worry about what’s outside the space

I came across an interesting piece written by a man who was touring Italy and, as most tourists do, visited the magnificent cathedrals and admired the art treasures within them. At one such cathedral he found an artist kneeling before … Continue reading

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We are often our own worst critics

Alexander the Great, having conquered Persia, wept because there were no empires left to conquer. Hugo Grotius, the father of modern international law, at the end of his life said: ‘I have accomplished nothing worthwhile in my life.’ John Quincy … Continue reading

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Growing great simply

Impresario Sol Hurok said that Marian Anderson, one of the most celebrated opera singers of the century, hadn’t simply grown great, she’d grown great simply. He said: ‘A few years ago a reporter asked her to name the greatest moment … Continue reading

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There’s nothing there!

The problem of sudden success was highlighted a few years ago in a New York Times report on the aftermath of the Boston Red Sox having finally won The World Series Baseball after eighty six years of trying. It said: … Continue reading

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The two adventures

Dr Paul Tournier says that within each of us is an instinct for adventure. It takes different forms in different people, but it’s the thing that makes life worth living. However, he also says that ultimately there are only two … Continue reading

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We live our lives on two stages

Using Shakespeare’s famous analogy of life being like an actor on the stage, psychologist Dr Fritz Perls said that we all live our lives on two stages. One is the outward stage; the way we present ourselves and the way … Continue reading

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‘Everyone needs to write their own obituary’

Most of us live our lives in the tension between our desire to live the good life and our desire to be good people. Nowhere is this tension more obvious than in newspapers – in the advertisements and the obituaries. … Continue reading

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