Why talent isn’t enough

This week I read Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell and also watched 20 Feet From Stardom, which in their own way both tell the same story. That story is that, no matter how talented you are, there are so many other factors that will determine whether the level of your success. 20 Feet From Stardom is a wonderful documentary about backing […]

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Lunchtime brain food

If ever I’m feeling either physically or mentally depleted at lunchtime, I can usually guarantee that a walk round Waterstones on Gower Street will give me the necessary stimulation required to lift me. Today was a case in point. Not only did I browse Clive James’ incredibly moving, recent anthology of poetry,

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The Art of Creative Thinking

“Do you feel inadequate, that you’re not as talented as others? Good. Feeling inadequate is a driving force to do better. The self-satisfied are not the ones producing great things. They’re sitting back feeling smug and conceited.” This is the introduction to one of the chapters of Rod Judkins The Art of Creative Thinking, a wonderful book that seeks to […]

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