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Secrets Hidden in Plain Sight

In the lastest episode of one of my favorite podcasts, “The Tim Ferriss Show,” the guest tells us – among many other things – of his childhood as an illusionist. This passage that caught my attention: (I am quoting from memory; these are not his exact words.) “I don’t want to explain on the air […]

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The Fall

I hurt a person. And it wasn’t out of spite, but it wasn’t an accident either. It was mathematical, for optimisation’s sake. It was purely rational. I have a problem trusting people – I assume the worst – and that makes me try to keep a “Plan B” open in case people let me down. […]

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Not Your Guru

Today I bring you a short recommendation: the documentary “Not Your Guru,” which portrays the experience of participating in the biggest event in Tony Robbins’ personal development catalog. I make this recommendation because I know that many of my friends and colleagues are skeptical of the world of coaching and personal development. And I understand […]

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Meditation and Personal Development – Mortal Enemies?

Today, as I was meditating, something occurred to me. It was: it is not only the case that meditation helps me to see the world in high definition. It is that meditation helps me accept myself as I am. This leads to a certain tension between meditation and personal development. Meditation is about being satisfied […]

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A Tool for the Modern World

Sometimes I fall into the trap of thinking that working with a computer is the same as knowing how to read and write. My life is a life of video conferences, keyboard shortcuts, navigating in three-dimensional worlds, email processing, and a dozen more tasks that require mastery of a handful of programs and applications. It’s […]