The gift of good business (#RealWorldWoo No9)

In his meditations on community, the Dalai Lama believes that it is good when a community is based on voluntary work. He goes on to say that being in a community is like being part of a big family that serves all our needs. How this relates to the real world and to business is…

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Better than it looks? (#RealWorldWoo No8)

Today’s meditation from the Dalai Lama comes from the section on writing and journalism. He reflects that while journalists really should report on people following the fundamental principles of life, it isn’t all that surprising that people read about terrible things instead.  He reasons that deep down we are shocked about murders and other violence,…

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When the fat lady sings (#RealWorldWoo No7)

I must confess to being a bit nervous about today’s topic, coming as it does from the Dalai Lama’s meditations on dying.  It seems a bit shallow to take such a serious subject and relate it to business.  And yet, business is an important part of life, and businesses come to an end, just as…

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The only constant is change (#RealWorldWoo No.6)

Today’s thought comes from the Dalai Lama’s meditations on young people. He says that from a very early age we need to learn to get on with people and to help them.  And he goes on to say that we should learn not to hold grudges. Apart from the obvious idea that business is all…

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Is aggression needed in business? #RealWorldWoo No.5

In today’s thought, from the section on business and commerce, the Dalai Lama tells us that the only acceptable aggressive attitude is a recognition of our unique talents, and a rock-solid determination to succeed. Hang on a minute: the *only* aggressive attitude?  I mean, you have to be a bit ruthless to make it in…

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Shiny Objects (#RealWorldWoo No.4)

Interesting topic for today’s #RealWorldWoo – it comes from the Dalai Lama’s section “meditations on sexual desire”, and in it he stresses the importance of distinguishing between real love and mere sexual attachment.  He says that true love is constant and expects nothing from its object, while sexual attachment can be fickle. That made me…

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The Goldilocks Zone (#RealWorldWoo No.3)

Today’s thought from the Dalai Lama comes from the “meditations on sickness” section.  In it he talks about how the Buddha would remind his monks not to be too strict in denying themselves food, because that would make them ill, but also not to over-indulge because that would make them fat and slow. The Dalai…

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Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life #RealWorldWoo No.2

Today’s thought from the Dalai Lama comes from the section on “Meditations on Pessimism”.  His Holiness’ country has been taken from him, he has been exiled, his countrymen have been tortured and massacred by the Chinese.  He describes all that, with typical understatement, as “no cause for jubilation”.  And yet he manages to find in…

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Passion and pragmatism (#RealWorldWoo No.1)

Today’s thought from the Dalai Lama is essentially we’re not on this earth for long, so we had better spend our brief time doing something useful to ourselves and others.  That’s a bit of a truism – but hidden inside is something many businesses forget. If customers are going to pay you, then what you…

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