Want to know if a person is nice?

Being nice to people we know, love, or want is easy. It is easy to be nice to a person in power, or a successful person. If a person is nice to strangers, waiters, receptionists, and petrol station attendants, they are nice. Someone who is nice to you yet rude to a waiter is not…

When we slow down…

Today, when driving and feeling ill, I decided to slow down and drive at a moderate speed; it's incredible how much I saw on the side of the road, both lovely and not-so-beautiful views. When we're not in such a rush, we're able to take in details that might otherwise escape our notice. It seems…

63 Years Later is still Kind of Blueing

63 years ago, Miles Davis and his comrades John Coltrane, Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, Bill Evans, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Jimmy Cobb entered a recording studio and spent around 72 hours [a weekend] making the greatest jazz album ever. On this day (August 17, 1959), Miles Davis released "Kind of Blue," widely considered the greatest…

What’s so funny?

What’s so funny? About 400 times a day, toddlers laugh because it comes naturally to them. Adults, not so much. On average, we still laugh 15 times a day, but that number includes times when we are nervous, times when we are being sarcastic, and times when we are simply complying with the societal norm…

True definition of financial independence

Financial independence is not measured by your ability to buy whatever you want, whenever you. Financial independence is measured by time not money. Am I putting together a company that can continue to function without my presence? If the answer is yes, then you are financially independent.

Book Review: The Chancellor: The Remarkable Odyssey of Angela Merkel by Kati Marton

After reading the biographies of two exceptional leaders from countries other than the United States, I find it astounding how different these leaders are from the conventional Western leaders, yet how effective they are. Deng Xiaoping, known for his restrained demeanor and competent leadership, was able to steer China away from a road that would…

Reading long books

When you read a long book, such as Walter Isaacson's biography of Leonardo da Vinci [over 600 pages] or The Transformation of China [over 900 pages], it becomes simpler to read an average book of 300 pages. When you are used to reading books of 150 pages, an average book of 300 pages will seem…

Real friends vs. people who like power

No one is ignoring you, they are just simply waiting for you to succeed. They are waiting for you to announce your accomplishments before they move you up on their priority list. It's all a status game. When you're a no-one, no one cares about you. When you become successful, everyone around you will suddenly…

Process, outcomes, goals, systems

It is true that the process is a leading indicator, but this does not guarantee that we are on the correct track. As a result, we can draw the universally applicable conclusion that when in doubt, use a "and" instead of a "or." In order to determine if the process is working, it's important to…

The silent quiet type

I just recently started reading The Chancellor: The Remarkable Odyssey of Angela Merkel by Kati Marton and on page 75, the following is said about Angela Merkel in reference to her reserved manner of dealing with debates and in this case with Gerhard Schröder: Keeping silent, she [Angela Merkel] let Schröder bluster on. This is her power:…