Reflections on Neuroticism

Now available in audio format too – just hit play on the player above or visit my feed on your smartphone: (I dedicate this article to my friends high in neuroticism; you know who you are ūüėČ) The Job Interview I walk out of the third round interview of a prospective employer. I had ...

What is the role of luck in success?

Today I took some time to make this little video about the role of luck in success. Some great research has been done in this field and I reference it with some easy to digest stories and concepts.

Shawn Powrie
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Lessons from The Art of War: How to bring misfortune to your team

Over 2000 years ago Sun Tzu wrote the classic text The Art of War, a very well known treatise on military strategy. Today in a different age and different world environment, we can still learn and apply fascinating principles...

Shawn Powrie
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Of Pretension

In mid 2015 I wrote a book titled “Of Pretension” and published it on Kindle. It was available for a time on Amazon and had a few readers. It was a short read of approximately 23 thousand words. About...

Shawn Powrie
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The Philosophy of Wealth

  “Like the elite of ancient Egypt, most people in most cultures dedicate their lives to building pyramids. Only the names, shapes and sizes of these pyramids change from one culture to the other. They may take the form,...

Shawn Powrie
3 min read
5 lessons learned from keeping a daily journal for 10 years

Approximately ten years ago, on the thirteenth of March 2009, I made a personal decision to keep a daily journal cataloguing my life journey. Rain or shine, happy or sad, I would document what happened in life. Now, over...

Shawn Powrie
4 min read
Google Bear case study: poking the massive beast and losing

Google cutely names some of their major algorithms after animals. Some examples include Google Hummingbird (designed to increase speed and accuracy of natural language understanding), Google Panda (aimed at countering on-page spam / thin content sites), Google Penguin (aimed at counteracting link spam) and...

Shawn Powrie
6 min read
Why Context is for Kings

In the recent Netflix series Star Trek Discovery, in the third episode, Captain Lorca explains to an estranged and demoted Michael Burnham why he chose to interfere in her punishment for mutiny and bring her on-board the Discovery as...

Shawn Powrie
2 min read
The Humm Handbook (Chris Golis): A review

The Humm Handbook: Lifting Your Level of Emotional Intelligence¬†is a book by Christopher Golis¬†that presents a personality modelling framework named “Humm-Wadsworth” . The¬†Humm-Wadsworth model (abbreviated to Humm) attempts to describe human personality in terms of sets of common traits...

Shawn Powrie
10 min read