Salvation by Haiku

It's one of those days Difficult to write a post Haiku bails me out


The Expedition of Our Age

Nothing is guaranteed.  There is no plan or path that can ensure the kind of life you want.  There are only opportunities with varying degrees of risk.  And sometimes the least risky opportunities are also those least likely to result in fulfillment.  The great success stories are the result of…


You Have to Pick Two

I wrote recently about how you can't have a growing business, a robust social life, and a great family life all at once.  You only get to pick two.  The implication is that, though everyone wants all three, you get a maximum of two if you want to succeed.  I'm beginning to think the heuristic is…


Are People Who Don't Smile Unhappy?

Kids are rarely more happy then when they get candy.  Second might be hanging out with friends.  Somewhere near the top would be dressing up.  This explains why Halloween is so fun for them.  They've got endless sugar, lots of activity, costumes, friends, and plenty of running and yelling.  All…


Why I Hate Citations

There was a time when citations were almost nonexistent even in academic work.  Today the word academic is not applied to anything that's not full of citations.  It drives me nuts. In my teens I remember writing a paper where the teacher required a minimum of five citations.  It seemed arbitrary…


Is Sameness More Feared Than Difference?

There are a lot of cultural memes about accepting people who are different and embracing diversity of all kinds.  But I wonder if it's actually harder to tolerate sameness than difference. Consider people or ideas that cause the most upheaval.  They are often those that reveal the depth of sameness…


Why I Blog Every Day

If someone told me there was something that cost $0 and only 20 minutes a day and it would help me... Overcome fears Build confidence Improve thinking Improve communication Build social capital Improve productivity Enhance creativity Bring new opportunities Increase happiness And more! I'd…


Why Do Kids Do What Their Parents Do?

Why do so many children follow in their parents professional footsteps?  Investigate professional sports, or entertainment, or entrepreneurship, and you'll find a large percentage of those making a living there had parents who did the same.  I do not discount the role played by heredity.  Nor do I…


Success as a Discipline

I like to view success as a skill not unlike any other.  I think it can be learned.  If you apply discipline and form good habits you will get better at success. Perhaps there are elements of heredity or good fortune that might bring a person success or the appearance of it.  But those are less…


On Being Truthful

What if you resolved to be fully truthful?  I don't mean merely not telling lies, but not hiding truths either.  Most of us immediately assume this would be hurtful to others.  All those hard truths we sometimes hold back or sugar coat would be out in the open.  It's revealing of our thought…