Tag Archives: Survival

Everything’s Stuck. Everybody’s Stuck

Ever wondered why Beethoven didn’t invent the blues? After all, he had sufficiently tragic motivations, he had a piano, knew how to play it well and had all the same notes available to him as Ray Charles. Why didn’t he … Continue reading

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A Story About Youthful Enthusiasm Thwarted

Whenever I learn of a new government initiative to incubate innovative businesses, I roll my eyes. Back in the day, I had some first-hand experience with this kind of agency, as a recently-graduated electrical, electronics and computer engineer, with eight … Continue reading

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You’re Probably Already Doing the Right Things

The blogosphere is saturated with posts telling you what N things you need to do, right now, in order to succeed. The premise, in all of them, is that you’re a dolt, because if you had been doing what the … Continue reading

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When Two Worlds Collide

Increasingly, whenever I look into some creative project or other, I am immediately confronted with a collision of ideas. The two worlds, in stark opposition to each other, are those of predatory scarcity and generous, nurturing abundance. It’s increasingly clear … Continue reading

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On Self-Determination

Being in command of your own destiny is a funny thing. Too little and you have no freedom or liberty. Too much and you harm yourself and the community around you. There is a delicate balance to be struck between … Continue reading

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Lost Mozarts, Lost Picassos, Lost Teslas

There’s an old joke in which a man inherits a dusty old violin and an aged oil painting from a dearly departed distant relative. Disinterested in these objects for their intrinsic or nostalgic value, he decides to get them appraised … Continue reading

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A Journey Without End

I’ve realised something profound (at least to me). My prevailing feeling, asleep or awake, is that I’m in constant transit, on the way to a destination I’m not quite sure of, trying to make my connections on time, without getting … Continue reading

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