There’s a human temptation to one-up people.  To be better than.  To win or be right.  Travel down the spectrum and we might meet domination, or always right, always winning.  There is no shortage of current and historical examples in sports, business, and global politics. We might contrast domination to the idea of longevity: where…

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Spoiler: this is not a traditional market prediction. There’s a distinct difference between believing in something and having faith in something.  This is an age-old topic, but I think it’s particularly relevant now. Belief is where we grasp during times of uncertainty.  Belief is what we hold onto to bridge the gap between something we…

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Making a difference – or having an impact – seems to be very popular language in younger generations. I’ve become convinced this is not just a “younger” person thing, though. The desire to make a difference is far reaching because, at its core, is the desire for recognition or the desire to not feel pointless. …

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A long runway is needed for the scenarios that will give us the most joy. Frequently, runway is referenced in business when a new project is being undertaken.  Are there enough resources (time, money, and people) to make the project sustainable on its own before everything propping it up gets swept from underneath? Other scenarios…

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Frequently, we think our problem is solved, but all we’ve really done is trade problems.  This is relief.  We shift our concern from one place to another. If we have frequent headaches, Advil may relieve the pain.  But, frequent and long-term use of Advil may present its own challenges. If we don’t like the way…

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Selling has changed the last 20 years. This is not limited to professional “sales” titles.  We all make attempts to move employees, bosses, customers, family members, and patients in a certain direction.  The act of articulating an idea that might help, receiving some sort of verbal or non-verbal objection, and playing with the give /…

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Nearly everything is a question of risk.  And, if this is the case, it surely pays to know how we make our own calculations.  What drives our decision-making process?  How can we gain ground on the Socrates maxim, “Know Thyself”? Before going further, “at risk” of this post carrying a very investment specific tone, my…

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This year has provided lots of newsworthy events.  Reflecting on what is news and what are the real issues we face proves to be a meaningful exercise.  They’re often starkly different. At time of writing, Pfizer is about 2 hours removed from announcing the efficacy of their vaccine.  We know who our next POTUS will…

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Worry is a useless emotion – an attempt to exert control over something unknown.  When we worry, usually what we’re left with is the same result regardless, but with a few less hours of sleep.  Ultimately, we also justify the worry because it would be too much to bear that the sacrifice (loss of sleep,…

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Story drives human progress, and our ability to subscribe to story is the greatest distinguishing characteristic between human beings and any other species. A key to living a content and wealthy life is to balance the relationship between playing our roles in fictional stories with what is real. If you’re familiar with the work of…

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