As a 15 year old, I broke a big school rule: no gambling. Like most teenagers, I knew everything about everything and had no concept of danger nor of my responsibility to others. But I did know I was good at poker, which meant that even though I played with my friends only for pennies, I would usually emerge from a game with more money than when I started. Repeatedly winning while gambling creates a dangerous delusion of infallibility, especially in someone who is quite immature.
Gavin Esler is an award winning television and radio broadcaster, novelist and journalist. He is the author of five novels and two non-fiction books, The United States of Anger, and most recently Lessons from the Top. Over the past two decades Gavin Esler has interviewed numerous world leaders and reported from countries all over the world, earning him awards for his journalism. He is currently Chancellor of the University of Kent. Esler's full biography can be found on his biography page.
Gavin Esler's latest book is Lessons from the Top. Introducing the questions every leader must answer - and the elements that the best stories must contain - Esler explains how creating a leadership story can promote success at all levels, whether running for the United States presidency, or applying for a place at university. In the following video Esler talks about Lessons from the Top.
A few years ago I had the great pleasure of spending some time with Bruce Forsyth at his home. He was generous with his time, delightful, funny and full of stories about his career. I was very amused to see in his downstairs loo he had a poster from the 1960s with him at the top of the bill (of course) at the London Palladium. Underneath was a long list of other stars, and near the bottom of the bill an obscure pop band called .... The Beatles. Brucie was a great entertainer for years and for the generations. Much missed.
1 The most virulent trolls are always anonymous, too cowardly to identify themselves.
2 The most stupid comments come from those with the silliest phoney Twitter names.
3 The abusers usually have few followers but Tweet incessantly.
4 The less the troll knows, the greater the certainty with which he (and it is usually a "he") claims to know it.
5 And women on social media receive the worst abuse.