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What makes people fear difference

Posted by Philip on 1 June 2017, 4:36 pm in , , , , ,

I often write and talk about my simple definition of diversity: the synergy of our uniqueness and commonality.

In other words, the combined effect or interaction based on our differences and similarities. And we're all both similar to and different from each other, all 7.508 billion of us.

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Freedom, security and the space in between

Posted by Philip on 24 November 2011, 1:57 pm in , , , ,

Nearly 15 years ago, when I was 30 (he says, suddenly realising his age), I read millionnaire and "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" guru Robert Kiyosaki's second book, The Cashflow Quadrant. It changed my life in many ways, including increasing what Kiyosaki terms my Financial IQ. But most of all it began me thinking about the spectrum of freedom and security.

Financial freedom, Kiyosaki believes, is the key to wealth. It requires a leap of faith, however, to abandon the security of a salary or welfare payment and become self-employed, a business owner and/or investor. Nevertheless, choosing financial freedom was why left my job in 1998 and became self-employed, rather than going  on a benefit. I've never regretted it.

If you know me well, you'll be aware I'm not a fan of the monetary system, but we're stuck with it for now, and better to know how it works than not. The idea of freedom and security reaches a lot wider though.

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