Month: July 2015

A hole in the boat

A hole in the boat wants to widen. It wants room to let more in. The wood weakens and bends and snaps from the weight of the pressure. So we help the hole widen. We eat one more dessert or watch one more episode of some new tv series. The hole knows we’re weak and

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Unconscious motivation

If I was raising a child, one of the things I would try to impart would be the need to find perseverance and purpose. To find meaning, a reason to continue, a reason to live. It is not easy to find, so it’s important to get good at looking. I would teach my child that

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Just in time money

Money is great entry way to freedom, but we rarely use it correctly. We justify our consumer good spending, or foolishly create budgets, which just encourage more spending. What we should focus on is creating just in time money. I do not mean, money just in time. This would mean money becomes available at the

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Don’t bother trying to fix someone’s weakness

One of the best bits of knowledge I received from my father on managing people was the understanding that a key part of management is helping people grow their strengths. This seems obvious, but what you usually end up doing is struggling to fix someone’s weakness. You see them continually making the same mistake or

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The future of happiness

I sometimes wonder what the future of happiness will look like. Happiness as a collective whole. What would it mean if more of us were happy? What would it mean if fewer people were unhappy? What will make people happy in the future? If we had a happiness currency, something we can easily point to,

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Miscalculations

We all want to accomplish things, but fear of failure can stop us in our tracks. We incorrectly envision the road ahead and predict where things could fail. Part of it is preservation. We don’t want to harm ourselves or put ourselves in compromising situations we can’t fix. But more often than not, it’s just

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