I remember plenty of high school and college courses that emphasized goal setting. This was usually accompanied with the SMART acronym.  Specific Measurable Achievable Realistic Timely Goals needed to have these attributes. This sort of talk escalated in my professional career, particularly in corporate. I almost feel late to the game reading James Clear’s book,…

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Mixed media forms based in the four virtues of courage, moderation, wisdom, and service. Why? Click here. Courage:  Steve Jobs: “You can’t connect the dots looking forward, only looking backwards….  you must trust the dots will somehow connect in the future.  This is what will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when…

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Mixed media forms based in the four virtues of courage, moderation, wisdom, and service. Why? Click here. Courage: Living beyond the spreadsheet isn’t easy.  We like for our life to square up in Excel cells.  Striving for certitude comes so much more naturally than mystery and Harry Snyder’s style of leadership really resonated with me…

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below is from David Perrell’s ‘Monday Musings’… Harry Snyder opened the first In-N-Out Burger joint across the street from his home. He could see the drive-thru line from his living room window. At night, when the restaurant got busy, he’d often turn off the television to run across the street and help in the kitchen.…

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Mixed media forms based in the four virtues of courage, moderation, wisdom, and service. Why? Click here. Courage: This video always inspires me – add to it, we now know he passed away 1 month later, yet he delivers his message with such hope and optimism My Philosophy For A Happy Life Moderation: This shouldn’t…

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Underrated and less talked about skills for investors: Courage Patience Compassion Diligence Courage allows us to trust what doesn’t make sense. Patience gives us the wherewithal to let things unfold.  “This too shall pass.” Compassion keeps us from getting frustrated, angry, cynical, and at a loss when the story doesn’t go as expected (it almost…

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There’s an ancient idea that we need to live in balance with both awareness and innocence. A life of awareness can be credited to the serpent: experienced, in touch with all its surroundings, sensitive, and on guard. Innocence, on the other hand, is better approached from its Latin roots meaning “not wounded.”  Or, like a…

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We all know intellectually that things can’t be good forever. “All good things come to an end.” I think there’s a step beyond just tolerating this truth.  There’s also a perfection to necessary evil. Bear markets, corrections, recessions allow all of us to rebalance our portfolios, buy the stuff that hasn’t done well, sell some…

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I like to watch people anchor their boat.  It’s a calculated process: this spot would be perfect now, but things are going to change.  The tide is going to shift.  We’ll be on top of that boat in no time.  The fish might stop biting.  The sun will be over “there” later.    So, we might…

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Sometimes I hear investors, experienced and novice both, refer to stock market investing as ‘adult gambling’. While a bit strange and redundant considering you must be an adult to legally gamble, I understand the sentiment.  The stock market is a bit abstract.  Lots of very foundational concepts get assumed – i.e. how and why did…

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