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December 24, 2015

A different type of resolution

Babylonians made promises to their gods at the start of each year that they would pay their debts. The Romans began each year by making promises to the god Janus. According to a 2011 poll, “losing weight” topped the list in the resolution-making Americans, closely followed by “exercising more,” and “quitting smoking”. A 2007 study […]

July 23, 2015

Who said it was the last?

The first ones were professional… I created a new product and a generic trademark, still well known today. The second set of years saw entrepreneurship at its finest… I had five companies operating simultaneously across different sectors. The third set of years were years of generosity… I learned how to deliver consultancy with finesse. The […]

April 16, 2015

With a little help from The Beatles

The brilliant, gravelly voiced singer Joe Cocker died late last year, at 70. His most famous recording, of course, was his bluesy and passionate take on The Beatles’ With A Little Help From My Friends. Lennon and McCartney might have written it for The Beatles album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967, but […]

December 25, 2014

Portmagee’s Old Year Festival

The picturesque coastal village of Portmagee in County Kerry, Ireland has a unique New Year’s Eve tradition, which dates back to 1727. The “Old Year Festival” sees locals accompany an old wizened character up the main street in a torchlight parade. At the stroke of midnight, the ‘Old Year’ character symbolically ‘dies’ and is replaced […]

December 26, 2013

You might need lots of it…

Just recently as I was going over some essays that I had stored away to be read later, I came across one which I had stashed at the end of 2012. Shaun So, a writer at forbes.com, has an advice: “Five new years resolutions for entrepreneurs”. 1- Fire someone 2- Get an advisor 3- Apply […]

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