Monthly Archives: December 2014

50/5 Challenge for 2015

Happy New Year! I have encouraged friends, family, and clients (and some strangers) to consider crafting the following for 2015: A. A Life List of 101 Goals which includes goals for 1, 3, 5, 10, 20, (and maybe 50) year time horizons. A life list is also known as a ‘bucket list’. B. A Purpose […]

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Analyzing Problems

“I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.” – Mark Twain I’d like to introduce you to the question toolkit for analyzing problems that I call Two Extremes and the Mean. When considering any major problem, it is useful to consider these three potential end-games. 1) What is the […]

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Take Care of the Minutes

“I recommend you to take care of the minutes, for the hours will take care of themselves.” – Lord Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield (1694-1773)  Rarely do entire days slip by unnoticed. Instead, time is lost in small increments, such as 5 minutes here, 15 minutes there. For example, time is often wasted while […]

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What Would Thales Do?

“The most difficult thing to do is know thyself.” – Thales The very first Greek philosopher, Thales of Miletus, was not only a brilliant mathematician and early scientist, but a very shrewd trader and investor. One anecdotal story about his life suggests that he become wealthy by procuring an absolute monopoly on the olive presses […]

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Latin 101: Seize the Day and Do It Now

‘Do It Now’ is almost a personal mantra and something I’ve discussed on this blog and elsewhere; however, today I want to discuss two related Latin phrases to stimulate your cerebral cortex. Carpe Diem: The Roman poet Horace wrote this famous line “Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero” (Odes 1.11) which literally means Pluck the […]

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