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Pearls of wisdom from Rome’s greatest emperor.

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The first time I learnt about Marcus Aurelius was probably the same time most people became familiar with his name — after watching Gladiator.

In the film, he is portrayed as a wise elder statesmen who knows his reign is coming to an end. Faced with the difficult choice of anointing his narcissistic and sadistic son Commodus, or the General, Maximus, as his successor, he chose the latter.

I won’t spoil the film for you if you haven’t seen it, but things don’t go according to plan.

The Marcus Aurelius that is portrayed in the film is only a glimpse into what the actual figure was like in real-life. He was considered to be the epitome of Plato’s ideal of the philosopher-king. …


The more debate, the better

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I can’t believe I need to write these words, but it’s ok to have a friend who has different political views from yours. Over the past few years, political discourse in the United States, the UK, Europe and many other places, has become more and more polarised.

This hasn’t been helped by the election of Trump and the success of the Leave side in the UK’s Brexit referendum. Either side in these debates has become more entrenched and is reluctant to give up ground to the other.

In some cases, those who do not adhere to the preferred line are seen as traitors or defying the will of the people. Opposition has become treacherous and belief in dogma is prized above all. …


Lessons from the rise and success of the Joe Rogan Experience

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If you’re asked to recommend a podcast to someone, I’d wager 90% of the time people would recommend the Joe Rogan Experience. That’s a testament to the popularity and wide reach his podcast has.

The popularity of his podcast was exemplified by the recent $100 million deal he struck with Spotify, which gave the company the exclusive right to his podcast.

The numbers on his podcast are ridiculous. It’s estimated that Rogan earns somewhere between $50 and $250 million in revenue from podcast adverts. …

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