In my last letter, I spoke about giving and why it’s important to maintain relationships that will make you happy.

Now that I’ve tried to demonstrate the theory of giving, I want to talk about what it means in practice.

The giving we do in our lives covers a hugely broad range of possible recipients. From immediate family to complete strangers in faraway places, our giving reaches so many. So, which kind of giving is the most important element of living a good life?

The answer is — as many kinds of giving as you can possibly fit into your…


As you grow older, you’ll find that humans suffer from strange contradictions within their character. We all do.

One of the most difficult contradictions to live with is that between the powerful urge to receive and the equally powerful one to give.

Naturally, we experience the urge to receive first — almost before anything else. From the moment we’re born, we need care and attention. We receive food, nurturing, clothes and comfort throughout this initial steg of life.

It’s perhaps unsurprising then that we develop a selfish view of the world. One where we expect to receive everything we need…


Is the UK Government doing enough to help disabled jobseekers find work? Rouzbeh Priouz explains

Rouzbeh Pirouz is Co-Founder and Senior Partner at London-based Pelican Partners, a real estate and private equity investment firm. He is passionate about supporting the rights of disabled workers.

The UK Government recently unveiled its new support plans aimed at helping disabled people find and remain in work. But is it enough and what else should the Government — and employers — be doing?

Recently, the UK Government has increased the number of specialist advisers it employs to help disabled jobseekers find a job and stay in work. …


When we work to figure out the right balance between what we want for ourselves and what others want or expect from us, it’s vital to remember that life is an individual experience and a shared one.

Every time we want to do only what we want and ignore the rest we should ask ourselves whether we really want to be on our own. That is the implication of only pleasing ourselves — that we will end up alone.

It’s not possible to share a lie with others and expect or demand that they accommodate us in every respect. This…


A Letter To My Daughter — more on decisions and responsibility | Rouzbeh Pirouz

It’s natural for us all to look at decisions only from our own perspective. But the truth is our decisions impact people around us. This is something we need to always remember. I want to spend some time talking about this because I want you to understand that your life is about much more than just yourself.

From the moment we’re born, we are sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, cousins, nieces and nephews. As we grow older, we become friends, wives, husbands, colleagues and members of the wider human community. The easy option in life is to only think…


Why we should listen to the disabled community on resilience and flexibility | Rouzbeh Pirouz

What we can learn about resilience from the disabled community during this pandemic

COVID-19 has presented the world with many challenges. From how to keep the global economy afloat through unprecedented national lockdowns to the challenge of adapting an offline world completely online, there’s much we can learn from the last 15 months.

The pandemic has shown clearly and consistently just how quickly major infrastructure and systems can adapt when the will to do so is there. How we work has changed beyond measure since March 2020. Millions of people around the world have shifted their entire work life online, including meetings, networking, teamwork and creativity. …


Rouzbeh Pirouz — Why accessibility for disabled people must remain after lockdown

Rouzbeh Pirouz is Co-Founder and Senior Partner at London-based Pelican Partners, a real estate and private equity investment firm. He has a strong interest in the rights of disabled people.

One thing that people who aren’t physically disabled simply don’t realise (for the most part) is the sheer length of time and fight involved in making any kind of accessibility progress.

More than 14 million people in the UK are disabled in some way. Despite such high numbers, and despite decades of campaigning and awareness, every accessibility change achieved has been hard won. …


Could COVID-19 be the catalyst for fundamental change for the commercial property sector? | Rouzbeh Pirouz

How much is the pandemic changing the commercial property sector?

While restrictions are slowly beginning to lift in England, the UK is very much still in the middle of the pandemic at the time of writing. Vaccinations continue apace, with the Government now expediting second doses in the shadow of the potentially damaging Indian variant. Whatever happens over the next few months, there’s no doubt that the global pandemic has changed so much of the world around us. Whether those changes outlast the virus itself remains to be seen. However, I think it’s likely that the commercial property sector will remain in a state of developing flux for the foreseeable…


A Letter To My Daughter — making decisions | Rouzbeh Pirouz

Dear daughter

In life, there are so many choices to make. So many decisions that could change the course of your life. From deciding who to be friends with, who to go out with, what to study, what to do for a living… to the smaller choices. Do you agree with someone or not? Should you argue or let it go?

The decisions we all have to make in life are endless. And they are dizzying in their diversity and complexity. …


At the time of writing, the UK high street is just about to finally reopen. This will come as a big relief to commercial property owners and those who have money in commercial property investment.

The UK’s economic recovery will be powered by an expected surge in retail sales, even with social distancing measures still in place. We saw a glimpse of this last summer when restrictions were temporarily lifted, and from April 2021 onwards we will see consumers buying at pre-pandemic levels.

Commercial property investment will get back on track in 2021

As the country gears up to return to some kind of normality, the vaccination rollout is helping…

Rouzbeh Pirouz

Co-Founder & Senior Partner at London-based Pelican Partners, a real estate and private equity investment firm. https://www.rouzbehpirouz.com/

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