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How Self Development Helps You To Survive Decline

This is the second in what may become a series of self development articles. The idea is that I take an article or perhaps a video or an infographic and summarize what it really means.  I have always been a believer in self development before it became trendy! I do hope you will enjoy this series of self development articles.

You can be the most intelligent person on earth but without self- awareness and self development then you run the risk of stagnating. Even worse, you could go backwards.

Before I turn to the article let me say this. I have been researching and reading volumes over the past twelve months. The internet is a wonderful thing. But there is so much stuff out there!

Before you accuse me of adding to it, I willingly plead guilty! Yet, it is done in an effort to aid and guide you the reader. To try and short circuit the time involved in ‘getting to the good stuff.’

I hope to turn this post into series. I intend to focus on one article and summarize it for you. Most of them, if not all, will be in the niche of ‘self development.’

You can read more about self development articles here.

Feedback is always welcome.

Summary of the Article

Umair Haque writes often on Medium. I follow him there because I like and enjoy much of his stuff. I’m not the only one as he has some 39,000 plus followers! He describes himself as an author, economist and slayer of dragons!

His latest article Surviving Decline – Three Ways To Live Through A Troubled Age drew my attention.

In it he begins to paint a most depressing image of the world we now inhabit. These are words taken from the first paragraph –  “Our world is troubled, fractured, being broken. So, too, now are our weary hearts.” But don’t yet reach for the cut throat razor!

Umair goes on to give three “broad options” for managing the decline that he describes. One of them is the option  where I found myself nodding  my head in agreement.  He writes, “But there is a way through. And that way is one that we have to pioneer, forge, create.”

It’s worth the read.

I believe I have found a solution to helping you in this age of “surviving decline.”

Reading Time of the Article

4 minutes

Favorite Quote from the Author In the Article

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About the Author and Lessons Learned From The Article

Umair Haque is a British based author and economist and a London-based consultant. He is director of Havas Media Lab, founder of Bubblegeneration and frequent tweeter and contributor to the online Harvard Business Review. Haque’s initial training was in neuroscience. He studied at McGill University in Canada, went on to do an MBA at London Business School and is the author of The New Capitalist Manifesto: Building a Disruptively Better Business (2011).

The three lessons learned from his article are spelled out for you. He describes 3 different responses to this age of decline.

My Take

I am not convinced by what he describes as this age of decline. Is this really an age of decline? It may be if judged by say moral standards, but in so many ways it can be seen as a golden age of opportunity.

Many of those opportunities stem from the internet. The days of a ‘job for life’ that was still prevalent in my early working days, have now disappeared.

It is more possible than ever to earn money through what Umair describes as creating. Whether that brings happiness is an entirely different question. I am unsure whether he refers to happiness when he writes, “{A]nd in its place build something perhaps just a tiny bit more resonant, enduring, beautiful, good, true.

Only Umair knows exactly what that means.

The old standards have gone. Long live the new!


It’s worth a read. After all it’s only a 4-minute read. He not only writes good, thought-provoking content but writes well with a vivid choice of words.

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You can find Umair’s books on Amazon including The New Capitalist Manifesto.

“The New Capitalist Manifesto makes a passionate, razor-sharp economic case that these methods will produce a more enduring prosperity for business as well as society.”

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