Category: Learning

Make More Mistakes


When I was at university, a very bright guy on my residence floor, had a saying.  “I was wrong once.  I thought I had made a mistake, but it turns out I really didn’t.”  I have occasionally wondered how he deals with adversity. I think you… Continue Reading “Make More Mistakes”

Go Ahead! Take The Cover Off.


In the spring of 1954, there was great tragedy in the home of my grandparents, just up the street from where we lived. A wonder of the mechanical world of that time had stopped working. Their brand new, pop-up toaster, would not pop-up. My… Continue Reading “Go Ahead! Take The Cover Off.”

Make Big Money Working Half Days


Many years ago I received good advice from an old pro in the financial services business. “You can make big money working half days and it doesn’t even matter which 12 hours you pick.” This related piece [The site is down.  See below]  makes… Continue Reading “Make Big Money Working Half Days”

Are You Smart Enough To Know The Future?


Ronald Gerald Wayne is a smart guy.  He understands life and the range of its possible outcomes.  If you don’t know who he is, you can be forgiven.  A carefully crafted survey of all the people who work within 25 feet of my office… Continue Reading “Are You Smart Enough To Know The Future?”

Conflict Resolution


Much of life is resolving differences between yourself and “the others” For this purpose “others” include family, friends, employees, co-workers, partners, bankers, customers and more. How do we do it? I recently watched a bright young professor from MIT, Rebecca Saxe, deal with this… Continue Reading “Conflict Resolution”

Digital Intuition


It will soon be 48 years since I first played with a computer. Back then RAM and Hard Drive space cost about $1.00 per byte. About two and half gallons of gas per byte. There was not a gigabyte of RAM in the entire… Continue Reading “Digital Intuition”

“You Are Gifted” Is Not a Compliment


Derek Sivers is someone you likely have not heard of. You should find out about him. He started and built and gave away a successful business. His self statement “I make useful things, and share what I learn,” There is some good material here.… Continue Reading ““You Are Gifted” Is Not a Compliment”

On Keeping Up


Future Shock Happened a Long Time Ago. Setting the amount of human knowledge as one unit in the year 1, we find two units by about 1500, 4 units by about 1750 and 8 by about 1900. The progress accelerates sharply around here. 16… Continue Reading “On Keeping Up”

What You Don’t Know Will Hurt You


Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge. – Charles Darwin. In the Art of War, Chinese military theorist and general, Sun Tzu claims that if you know yourself and know the enemy, you win every battle. If you know yourself and not the… Continue Reading “What You Don’t Know Will Hurt You”

New Year’s Resolutions


“What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road” From… Continue Reading “New Year’s Resolutions”

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