Second Thoughts

My first thoughts are generally good. At this age and with my experience, I suppose they should be. But first thoughts are still only that: first thoughts. They should be only the beginning of a process of exploration. Rarely do first thoughts stand the tests of time and season. And clinging to first thoughts by resisting new facts is …

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Gone | Jack Johnson

Editor’s Comment: Heard this (as usual) while shuffling through my ITunes library on a run recently. Seems a perfect complement to my son, Timmy’s poem last month titled “Enough”. Favorite Lyric: “And cars and phones and diamond rings, Bling, bling, those are only removable things. And what about your mind? Does it shine? Are there …

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Second-Order Thinking: What Smart People Use to Outperform | Shane Parrish

Editor’s Comment: I ran into the Farnam Street blog and Parrish quite by accident. What I found is a fascinating learning community “dedicated to improving self-education in a learning community environment”. This particular article relates to Howard Marks’ recently published book, “The Most Important Thing”. Both Marks’ book and Parrish’ blog primarily interest the investment …

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Joseph Goldstein

“Generosity takes many forms—we may give our time, our energy, our material possessions, our love.   All are expressions of caring, of compassion, of connection, and of renunciation—the ability to let go.  The beauty of generosity is that it not only brings us happiness in the moment—we feel good when we give—but it is also the …

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No Self-made Man am I

The temptation for folks my age with some success is to explain that we are “self-made”.  We proudly build our story around “starting with nothing” then we bloviate about the long hours we spent building our success one brick at a time.    I find most commencement speeches tripe or, at best, creative stories by …

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