Ed Smith is a journalist and author, most recently of Luck. He is a former professional cricketer and played for both Middlesex and England.
The conflict between instict and reason has left me having a small domestic disagreement in my head.
There's a fear that politicians are merely polishing the surface, allowing the decay to spread.
Self-improvement isn’t about making our best better – but about making our worst less bad.
Demonising social luck does not increase social justice.
The best way to look successful is to tell people how busy you are.
Black tie is still a code, of course, but not really a dress code. It is code language. It shouts to the sober world: we are on a serious bender here, so give us a wide berth.
Many high achievers, across all disciplines, have troubled and complex relationships with people who pushed them. I would like to pretend that psychological bullying never works, but clearly it can.
Anyone genuinely interested in authenticity must feel like a lifelong yoga devotee now observing the ghastly fad for trite books about “mindfulness”.
In throwing in your lot as a professional sportsman, you make an implicit deal. The upside feels irresistible; the downside you consign as too improbable to think about.
Ed Smith’s weekly Left Field column.
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