Category: Learning

Does Arguing Work?


My son Peter sent me this link.  Depressing news.   The gist is that people stop thinking when one of their emotional hot buttons is pushed. The study is aimed at understanding voters but the message should be clear to us all. People do… Continue Reading “Does Arguing Work?”

First Anniversary!


Anniversary #1!   The first of the articles in this blog appeared one year ago today.  This will be the 380th post.  I hope you have enjoyed some at least and perhaps learned a little from another or perhaps discovered a new way to look… Continue Reading “First Anniversary!”

Are There Any Absolutes?


If you had asked me that question yesterday, I might have said yes.  After all there is “the real world,” morals and ethics, the laws of physics and more.  One absolute that I had never thought about before was “F”  The mark you get… Continue Reading “Are There Any Absolutes?”

Does Mother Nature Know How To Manage?


Apparently Yes.  For some time I have promoted the idea that  Maple trees have a way of reproducing that would work in a business, a portfolio or even life as whole.  Start many things.  In a business you merely nourish the survivors and drop… Continue Reading “Does Mother Nature Know How To Manage?”

Are Businesses Like Children?


Many people  have trouble being objective about their business.  In some ways it parallels how they treat their children.  I created each and I want the best for each and I am willing to put up with blemishes and I respect the effort put… Continue Reading “Are Businesses Like Children?”

Financial Plans Are Not Facts


Financial plans are in their simplest description a model of the future as related to the money parts of our life.  The key is that they are a model.  They are not fact.  They may not even be close to reality. You and I… Continue Reading “Financial Plans Are Not Facts”

Optimized And Perfect Are Not The Same


Life is funny. There seems to be no certain way to get everything you want. A key element of life is determining what matters to you most and getting more of that and less of something else that does not matter or matters only… Continue Reading “Optimized And Perfect Are Not The Same”

Intuitively Obvious Is Usually Wrong


It has been my experience that when I receive summarized data and there is an obviously right conclusion, I should worry.  My rule is that when something is intuitively obvious, it is likely wrong.  I find that it usually pays to be a skeptic… Continue Reading “Intuitively Obvious Is Usually Wrong”

Why Do Insurance Advisers Do It?


Insurance is subtle. Life insurance and living benefits like income protection and lump sums for catastrophic injury or illness are especially so. Advisers have the frequently unpleasant task of trying to explain the subtlety of the product to self-professed bulletproof prospects. It does not… Continue Reading “Why Do Insurance Advisers Do It?”

Learning From Failure


Today I am a curator.  A selector of material organized along a common theme.  The theme is – success follows failure.  I often heard, “Good decisions are the result of experience and experience is the result of bad decisions.” or perhaps, “Experience is the… Continue Reading “Learning From Failure”

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