Appreciate your ignorance

“Yet like many other human traits that made sense in past ages but cause trouble in the modern age, the knowledge illusion has its downside. The world is becoming ever more complex, and people fail to realise just how ignorant they are of what’s going on. Consequently some who know next to nothing about meteorology…

Why changing it up is a must

Change is hard, especially if you are a creature of habit.  No one can argue that life can be much more comfortable when we keep our environments familiar, stable, and within our control. But sometimes, change is necessary, even if it requires us to get uncomfortable.  Changing up our routines, patterns, and ways of living can…

Better than it needs to be

Why not? Why not make it more generous, more fair, more insightful than it needs to be? Why not deliver the service with more flair, more care and more urgency? Why not do it because you can, not because you have to...

Signals from the gut

As time passes, I realise that I need to make sure I take the time to tune out the noise and pay more attention to the signals I receive from my gut. It rarely gives answers and seems only to speak in a binary language that either says “feels right” or “does not feel right.”…

Is this consistent with the person I want to be?

A question that often helps provide clarity: “Is this consistent with the person I want to be?” When I wrestle with decisions or emotion I struggle with. Asking this question/its parent variant: “Is this consistent with the father I want to be?” clarifies the path forward immediately. "Is this consistent with the quiet life I want to live?"…

Escaping hard work

A good career takes hard work. A good relationship takes more hard work. A good life and happiness takes some more hard work. Why, even a great vacation requires a lot of hard work. True happiness and hard work come together. We can never stop working hard if we want to live good lives. We just…

Goals vs. systems and its implications on management

In his book – How to Fail at Almost Everything And Still Win Big – Dilbert creator Scott Adams asserts that ‘goals are for losers while systems are for winners.‘ In his words – "Losing ten pounds is a goal [that most people can’t maintain], whereas learning to eat right is a system that substitutes…

Compounding learning

Compound interest is the single most important concept in finance. Time value of money, as an idea, comes close. But, understand compound interest and it will change the way you think about saving money for the future. The simple notion behind compound interest is that you earn interest on your interest. This means small amounts invested today…