Aristotle on virtue as a mean (4) – leaning out (or “Whose fool are you?”)

On pushing out the boat [Start here] This is quite dense, but interesting. After summarising his argument so far, Aristotle suggests that the best way to aim for the virtuous mean is to lean away (or “hold the ship out”) from the excesses or deficiencies we most naturally tend towards. This leaves us likely to err in the opposite direction,…

Aristotle on virtue as a mean (3) – the hard part

Many ways to fail [Start here] … Again, it is possible to fail in many ways (for evil belongs to the class of the unlimited, as the Pythagoreans conjectured, and good to that of the limited), while to succeed is possible only in one way (for which reason also one is easy and the other difficult – to miss the…

Aristotle on virtue as a mean (2) – notable exceptions

[Start here] … But not every action nor every passion admits of a mean; for some have names that already imply badness, e.g. spite, shamelessness, envy, and in the case of actions adultery, theft, murder; for all of these and suchlike things imply by their names that they are themselves bad, and not the excesses or deficiencies of them. It…

Soichiro Honda on success and failure

Success represents the 1% of your work which results from the 99% that is called failure. Instead of being afraid of the challenge and failure, be afraid of avoiding the challenge and doing nothing. Soichiro Honda – found in various forms online and in The Excellence Dividend See also: Quality as a function of quantity

Sam Altman on “compounding yourself”

This is from a blog post called “How to Be Successful“, which begins with the observation that (in the startup world) most people start off wanting to make a huge amount of money but end up wanting to create something important. Point one of thirteen is “Compound Yourself” – applying the idea of compound or exponential growth to career development:…

A sense of urgency (2): Clayton Christensen on measuring your life

John Greenall wrote this about our lack of a sense of urgency about the most important things in life: I wonder if it comes back to overscheduling, busyness, lack of prioritisation and an internal need to look good. This all leads to overloaded diaries and an overly full life. The routine is downplayed and not given sufficient time or consideration…

Champion (2)

Noun 2 A person who vigorously supports or defends a person or cause.‘he became the determined champion of a free press’2.1 historical A knight who fought in single combat on behalf of the monarch. VerbVigorously support or defend the cause of. ‘he championed the rights of the working class and the poor’ OED Now this type of champion is worth having.…