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“Whenever I climb, I am followed by a dog called Ego.” — Nietzsche.

“No, I don’t think that’s what happened,” I said.

“Yes, it is. It can’t be anything else,” my friend responded.

The conversation was getting quite heated now. I was shaking my head and telling my friend that he was utterly wrong. We’d been arguing for a few minutes about the ending of Games of Thrones (GOT) Season Two until he finally got the scene on YouTube and proved I was wrong.

I knew he was a GOT buff. …


“A man who is possessed by his shadow is always standing in his own light and falling into his own traps… living below his own level.” — Carl Jung

An entrepreneurial friend of mine keeps coming up with great ideas, does the hard work of initiating projects, connecting buyer and seller, but somehow manages to get nothing out of it. Either the deal falls through, or somehow, he doesn’t get his cut. He keeps doing this repeatedly.

Whenever I ask why he lost out on the deal again, he comes up with some absurd excuse he has convinced himself to…


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After 18 hours of flying, comprising a few hours layover in New York, all the while wearing our face masks, we arrived at our beautiful hotel in Savannah, Georgia. We met a stern-looking hotel receptionist. “Sorry. We have no bellboy service due to the COVID restrictions. So you’ll have to carry your own bags to your rooms,” she replied curtly to my enquiry about the whereabouts of their porters.

Almost everyone in Savannah, including most of the staff, was not wearing masks. So, where exactly were the COVID restrictions?

Jet lagged and fuming at the thought of carrying six bags…


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I once had an idea to author a book that would cover the third football season of Manchester United under the tempestuous reign of the Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho while interjecting some of my daily philosophical musings of life. I sat on the idea for a while, wrote some twenty-five pages and then stopped. A few weeks later, the club sacked Mourinho.

I also once had an idea to produce chocolate in cocoa-rich Ghana (where I live) under a brand that would be fresh, environmentally friendly and tastes great. I did some research but never followed through. …


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I want to revamp my website, change its look and feel, and offer new products like a course and a podcast within the next six to nine months.

As I started to research and study the best tools available to create a course, I found endless choices.

Immediately, the post I wrote last week about the fears holding us back to commit quickly came back to haunt me. I felt paralyzed as there were so many things to know about and so much to do. It wasn’t as simple as I thought. I was utterly overwhelmed.

At least, this time…


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Some nights back, I started browsing Netflix to find something to watch. The choices were endless. I scrolled title after title, watched several trailers yet I was nowhere close to settling on anything after thirty minutes.

A few nights later, my son insisted on choosing a movie, reminding me of what I did only a few nights back. The film was “The Trial of the Chicago 7”, and after an initial period of discontent, I got into the movie and thoroughly enjoyed it.

A few weeks ago, I wrote about our constant state of restlessness. However, I felt I needed…


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Give me beauty in the inward soul; may the outward and the inward man be at one.― Socrates.

A few years ago, I spoke about leadership at a company’s annual event. The company was celebrating 15 years of leadership by their CEO, John. Later in the night, and after a few drinks, he confided in me.

“I’m miserable. I feel fake, like a robot controlled by the enormousness of the business that I’ve created and the expectations that it entails. Everyone thinks I’m a big success; I’m envied by friends, neighbors and family. My employees look at me with awe…


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“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” ― Blaise Pascal, Pensées.

In the past few months, I’ve bought ten books but read only a few. I’ve purchased an online course and not completed it. I’ve attempted new hobbies like solving jigsaw puzzles or playing the Ukulele but haven’t even got down to starting on any.

This frenetic activity that leads to nothing purposeful is almost always the start of my period of restlessness. It’s when the outer world, through the deluge of futile information, somehow manages to take over and control my…


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“Remember your Buddha nature, and also your Social Security number.” –Jack Kornfield

Three years ago, at a Self-Growth event, I spoke on spirituality. I was introduced as an entrepreneur, which was and still is a big part of my life.

At the end of the event, a woman with a cynical smile approached me and said, “I enjoyed what you said about spirituality. But you’re hypocritical by being a businessman who drove into this place with that nice car and claiming you’re spiritual.” She wagged her finger at me, did not give me a chance to respond and walked away.


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I struggle with my meditation practice. I go through periods, often six months at a time, when I am religious about it — sitting legs crossed first thing in the morning, for at least twenty minutes.

But, somehow, I stop. It fizzles away from my life.

I had stopped for almost two years. Then in November of last year, I read Robert’s Wright excellent book, “Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment.” He comes to meditation from an evolutionary scientific perspective. I found his work refreshing, practical and motivating. …

Mo Issa

I rise daily at 5 am, meditate, read and journal on my Self-awareness journey. Some of my reflections make it to my blog; others don’t. (http://mo-issa.com)

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