Be Like Tigger not Eeyore: A Theory of Psychological Well-Being

Back when I was studying Philosophy, I had been tasked with writing a paper about Abraham Maslow’s ground-breaking book “Toward a Psychology of Being”. Many of you might know Maslow because you studied his hierarchy of needs at some point in school. However, what few know about Maslow is that unlike Freud, Jung, Piaget and other predecessors, who focused on developing a theory of psychological issues, Maslow wanted to develop a theory of psychological flourishing.

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The Concept of Hard Work; Have We Got It Wrong?

We are moving at an ever-accelerating pace in our lives today, prizing busyness and sense of exertion as our key heuristics for the degree to which we deserve the outcome we’re after.  I believe this is a fatal error in logic, cultural narrative and our personal lives.

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The Paradox of Self Improvement: Why Trying to Get Better Can Sabotage Your Ability to Improve

Do me a favour - when you get into bed tonight, try your very hardest to fall asleep. You’ve probably tried this before and my guess is it didn’t go well. But how could this be? Aren’t we told all our lives that if you really want something you must to try your hardest to achieve it? I was and I believed it for a long time.

But this idea doesn’t map well on to our the reality of our daily lives. Ever had to solve a really complex problem? Perhaps a difficult decision surrounding an investment, job or relationship?

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What If You Became All You Could Be?

This is another fantastic blast from the past I thought is worth sharing. Tragically few people today know of this famous poem called “If” by Rudyard Kipling. This is the type of poem that you can read 100 times and you will glean 100 different insights on how you can act better in your life.

One idea I like from this poem is the idea of a good attitude in relation to your circumstances - no matter how bad they get and the bottomless potential of the human will.

With that, I hope you enjoy this phenomenal poem,

Ian

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The Tragedy of Incompetence: A Poem From The Hardy Past

This is a poem called “The Boy Who Can’t” written in 1920.

The poem is about a general mindset that is seldom spoken about in today’s world; Self improvement for the sake of simply being useful.

The poem is a call to action to see your life as an opportunity to learn things that will make life better for you and those around you through pushing yourself to transform.

I hope it finds you well,

Ian

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