Category: Decision Making

Headlines Need Not Tell The Whole Truth


Are there many people out there that think hyperbolic commentary adds value?  I hope not.  But one that may still think so is Rob Carrick of the Globe and Mail. A recent piece entitled “Carrick on money: Six-figure shocker – your lifetime bill for… Continue Reading “Headlines Need Not Tell The Whole Truth”

The Most Serious Mistake


One of my favourite themes is that “Mistakes are your friends”  There are reasons to seek mistakes. Few are fatal and you probably know those before going in.  Try to avoid saying things like, “Hold my beer, I want to try something.” You cannot… Continue Reading “The Most Serious Mistake”

Decisions With Many Options


Having many options is worth nothing unless you use at least one of them.  Implementation is the only way to test. It is well documented that having too many choices is as likely to lead nowhere as is having none.  At somewhere around six… Continue Reading “Decisions With Many Options”

Have You Built A Better You?


“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”  Douglas Adams, The Long, Dark, Tea-time of the Soul. Life is not a linear problem.  The things you need to know today,… Continue Reading “Have You Built A Better You?”

You Cannot Get a Good Deal By Looking At Price Alone


Hey Buddy, I’ve got a deal for you on a factory second parachute.  Just 40% of normal retail.  A complete parachute will retail in the $9,000 range so this may be interesting. Assuming you want a parachute, should you buy it? Not without a… Continue Reading “You Cannot Get a Good Deal By Looking At Price Alone”

Does Google Know Who To Hire?


Google is one of the most successful businesses in history.  They do many things well and they do many things with no expectation of profit.  They pay attention to everything.  Their corporate motto is interesting too.  “Don’t be Evil!”  One thing they are becoming… Continue Reading “Does Google Know Who To Hire?”

Why Be Disciplined?


Yaman Saleh, founded a LinkedIn group called The Trader and while still small, I have found it to be among the more worthwhile.  You should consider joining here.  Yaman is a polymath and has good instincts as a group manager.  One of his good… Continue Reading “Why Be Disciplined?”

If It Works, They Don’t Ask How


Something that has lasted a long time will probably last a long time more.  This simple observation can form the basis for some kinds of decisions.  We make a mistake when we grow bored or complacent about old things that have worked for a… Continue Reading “If It Works, They Don’t Ask How”

Context Matters


There is a difference between factual and true.  The difference is that truth includes context while factual does not.  Truth supplies meaning. Often, advisers use facts to make their point.  While knowing facts is a good thing, it is not enough to provide a… Continue Reading “Context Matters”

Is Procrastination Possible?


From experience, I would say most assuredly!  Certainly!  Procrastination exists but we do not fully understand it. We know, with certainty, that “procrastinate” is not actionable.  “Procrastinate Now!” is an oxymoron.  That inconsistency should tip us off to look deeper. People have an internal… Continue Reading “Is Procrastination Possible?”

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