Franklin’s Way to Wealth

Reading Time: 1 minute“The way to wealth is as plain as the way to market. It depends chiefly on two words, industry and frugality: that is, waste neither time nor money, but make the best use of both. Without industry and frugality nothing will do, and with them everything.” – Benjamin Franklin Franklin certainly supported his ‘way to […]

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Are you Moving Forwards or Backwards?

Reading Time: 1 minute“The great thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes Most view success as the completion of a task, project, or goal; however, I think this is misguided as few accomplishment are instantaneous. Instead, the ending is just the fruit of […]

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What Don’t You Do (for a living)?

Reading Time: 1 minuteQ: What do you do? A: <Answers Will Vary> The above question is often a boring ‘opening’ or conversation killer during an initial introduction. It merely elicits a title (e.g. a banker, a doctor, a project manager, a teacher). Of course, your professional life is hard to sum up in a word or two and […]

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The Four Word Diet, Part 2

Reading Time: 2 minutesIs there an easy, affordable, and effective way to implement the Four Word Diet? I think so. Yet, this is no free lunch (pardon the pun). It does require an investment of time, energy, and thought. Eat Less Reducing the number of calories one ingests on a daily basis can be achieved without beginning a […]

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The Four Word Diet, Part 1

Reading Time: 2 minutesThis formula will never result in a best-selling diet book, but here is <drum roll, please> the Four Word Diet: Eat Less, Move More.  Although some charlatans will always be peddling magic potions and so-called ‘super-scientific’ methods for shedding pounds, Caveat Emptor. There are three main ways to lose weight: You can eat less (e.g. […]

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Life is too Short

Reading Time: 1 minute“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

Reading Time: 2 minutesThe 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

Reading Time: 2 minutesThe 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

Reading Time: 2 minutesPeople 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

Reading Time: 2 minutesThis 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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