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The Student said,   Speak to me of existence. For this world is deceptive — in every corner dances a different shadow of what to pursue, what to follow.   And the Doorman said,   Here I stand on the shoulders of giants, for it is not I, but many before me who pointed out that existence is essentially playful. There is no necessity for it whatsoever.   It is like music or theatre. The whole purpose of it is simply to be enjoyed, to engage others, and to stimulate them. It is an experience. In one way of thinking, music, theatre and art are not essential —

I had a crushing existential crisis recently…   Don’t worry, I managed to dig myself out of it. Not only that, but I think I can reduce its occurrence in future. This experience is not just ‘feeling down’ — it’s a completely undocumented illness that plagues the modern world called the Existential Flu.   What’s the Existential Flu? When your thinking is invaded by negative questions, self-doubt, low self-belief, a sense of meaninglessness, fuzzy-thinking, frustration for life and… well, that feeling of being hopelessly lost.   These thoughts are not accurate, they don’t reflect your reality or progress in life — they are an invasion.

Rosebud whispers the croaky old voice.   A snowball drops and shatters, and Charles Foster Kane, the media tycoon turned failed politician dies a lonely old man in his Xanadu Mansion.   Citizen Kane   This is the genesis point of the storyline in Orson Welles’ 1942 masterpiece Citizen Kane. A reporter is investigating the meaning of this ‘Rosebud’, trying to unpack what the dying word of this noteworthy media figure might have meant.   Through this journey he learns Charles’ story — a boy born into a poor family, who was sold to a rich businessman to be raised and given a fortune once he came of

Galileo Galilei spent the end of his life under house arrest, after violating the belief system of his time.   The Roman Catholic Church imprisoned him as retribution for his scientific findings of heliocentrism — that the earth revolved around the sun.   It defied what people at the time believed.   I write of The Eiffel Tower Principle — the historic landmark also faced kickback and criticism from the French community who couldn't forsee what a wonderful gift it would be. I use this example to break down how and why people resist innovation at first.   It took Einstein years to have his ideas adopted. In

I never had a 'career freak out' at any stage of my life, so it's hard to empathise with others who do.   The closest I ever came was my time at uni and my time in real estate, where I knew I wasn't doing the most with my time, wasn't doing the thing that made me come alive — but I had a vague idea of what that other 'thing' was on both occasions.   When I was studying at uni, I knew I should have been doing more filmmaking.   When I was focused on real estate, I had a sense something that exposed

Don't thank me.   The magic comes from the people who are in the Room.   Not the person who Opens the Door.   One Thing.   The business books tell you to focus on one thing, and to become world class at it.   To the business books I say, my physiotherapist wanted me to do rehab for half and hour each day on my ankle.   The problem is, that's too much time to give to my ankle. I have a life to live.   In the same way, the focus of my life cannot be to develop myself into a product with high market value. I was not designed for the

When I'm in the groove, ideas flow out of me faster than I can catch them and put them into print.   Things feel clear and I can do most anything.   I feel indestructible.   Every so often, the waters get murky. That's when the tap slows to a drip.   Things feel less clear. But worry not.   Never lack clarity on your lack of clarity.   It is nature's way of telling you that you have something to learn.   Something important.   Sit with it patiently. If you are willing to see a wide range of possibilities, eventually this lesson will open up and reveal itself to you.   But you have to be

There is no such thing as a truly independent individual achievement.   At the Academy Awards, an individual wins Best Actor or Actress — whether it's Leonardo Di Caprio, Matthew McConaughey or Meryl Streep, they always thank the people that helped get them there (and they always run out of time).   Then the music starts, trying to drown them out — symbolic of a culture where want one champion. It's our own version of the hunger games — 'there can only be one victor'. Only one name goes on the history books for Best Actor, Best Actress. The other names, the ones that got

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