Life is too Short

“Life is too short to be too serious or too foolish.” – Thom Quinn We do not experience time’s arrow as a constant. Instead, it always accelerates: each day it speeds up ever-so-slightly, traveling faster and faster. Additionally, this seemingly rapid ride is also very brief. I think Crowfoot (1830-1890), the great Blackfoot Chief, warrior, […]

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What is Real? Reality 101

The question ‘what is real’ has haunted Western Civilization since Plato wrote about his Allegory of the Cave within The Republic. Epistemology is the sub-discipline of philosophy that examines the nature of knowledge. In simpler terms, it asks the dual questions of ‘how do we know what we know?’ and ‘what is true?’ Is it […]

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The Liar Paradox

The Liar Paradox is a very ancient puzzle that has been reviewed, revised, and discussed by ancient and modern (e.g. Russell, Quine, Kripke, Tarski, Strawson) philosophers without producing a resolution that has satisfied everyone or even the majority. In the absence of an intellectual consensus, a few bold thinkers have claimed that they had the […]

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People are Not Assets

People are our firm’s best assets. This is perennial expression lurking within many company holiday speeches and annual reports. Additionally, it has become a most common CEO cliché. However, this idea is simply not true. People are vital, people are important, but they are definitely not assets. I understand the sentiment; nevertheless, the analogy is plain […]

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Secret Santa Challenge

This is a reprint story from my old blog, published exactly ten years ago on November 30, 2006. The message is identical today as then. Enjoy! TAKE THIS CHALLENGE SERIOUSLY! I am sharing my own secret today as well. I remember first hearing about this concept 10 years ago on the radio and it inspired […]

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Questions List

“The wise man doesn’t give the right answers, he poses the right questions.” – Claude Levi-Strauss What are the big questions in your life? In many ways, the level of success you will achieve is directly related to the number and the size of the questions you ask yourself and then choose to answer. I […]

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Be a Quitter!

Attention: Smokers. This message is for you. I do not often encourage people to quit; however, today is different. For the past 40 years, the American Cancer Society has sponsored the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November. If you smoke and desire a better, longer, healthier life, this is a great opportunity […]

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Ancient Wisdom on Walking

As a culture, we often think of exercise (and especially walking, jogging, or running) as a very modern idea, something that is new to our scientific world of plenty. I will admit, I am guilty of this reasoning too. However, as the song says “it ain’t necessarily so”. A while back, I came across a […]

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Q: Whaddya Know?

A: Probably not nearly as much as you think. Here is a humbling thought: a good percentage, perhaps even the majority, of everything you ‘know’ is wrong. Of course, this does not mean that your parents, teachers, or mentors lied to you. Instead, this fact is merely a consequence of progress within human civilizations. As […]

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Have a Blue-tiful Day

I believe that: Everyone is a Teacher. Everyone is a Student. As a result, I’m often given wonderful lessons by a wide variety of people, often at unexpected times. My good friend Phil Gerbyshak has been actively campaigning that people stop “having a nice day” for years. Instead, he suggests that you Make It Great! […]

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