Saturday, December 16, 2017

On being careful what you wish for...


In recent years, especially, we have become prone to replacing complex thought with shallow slogans. We live in times of extremism, and black-and-white thinking. We should have the self-awareness to suspect that the events of recent weeks may not be an aspect of our growing enlightenment, but rather our growing enamorment with extremism.
We should certainly realize by now that a moral panic mixed with an internet mob is a menace. When the mob descends on a target of prominence, it’s as good as a death sentence, socially and professionally. None of us lead lives so faultless that we cannot be targeted this way. “Show me the man, and I’ll show you the crime.”
-Clair Berlinski, as excerpted from here

Best idea wins.......................


I think a very smart CEO of any company, big or small, has a policy where they listen to every suggestion and idea — best idea wins. That’s how it should be. Best idea wins. And you never know where it’s gonna come from.

-as culled from here

Recovering........................


...............................from a serious scare.   Wishing Scott a peaceful holiday season and a healthy 2018!

And the fever rages on..............


THE MENTAL INFECTION known as "political correctness" is one of the most dangerous intellectual afflictions ever to attack mankind.

-Paul Johnson, from this politically incorrect essay

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Wired.............................


Knowing how one is wired is a necessary first step on any life journey.  It doesn't matter what you do with your life, as long as you are doing what is consistent with your nature and your aspirations.  Having spent time with some of the richest, the most powerful, most admired people in the world, as well as some of the poorest, most disadvantaged people in the most obscure corners of the globe, I can assure you that, beyond a basic level, there is no correlation between happiness levels and conventional markers of success.  A carpenter who derives his deepest satisfaction from working with wood can easily have a life as good or better than the president of the United States.  If you've learned anything from this book I hope it's that everyone has strengths and weaknesses, and everyone has an important role to play in life.  Nature made everything and everyone for a purpose.  The courage that's needed the most isn't the kind that drives you to prevail over others, but the kind that allows you to be true to your truest self, no matter what other people want you to be.

-Ray Dalio,  Principles

Friday, December 15, 2017

On paths to happiness..................................




On plasticity and change.......................


g Understand how much the brain can and cannot changeThis brings us to an important question.  Can we change?   We can all learn new facts and skills, but can we also learn to change how we are inclined to think?  The answer is a qualified yes. 
     Brain plasticity is what allows your brain to change its "softwiring."   For a long time, scientists believed that after a certain critical period of childhood, most of our brain's neurological connections were fixed and unlikely to change.  But recent research has suggested that a wide variety of practices - from physical exercise to studying to meditation - can lead to physical and physiological changes in our brains that affect our abilities to think and form memories. ...
     That doesn't mean the brain is infinitely flexible.  If you have a preference for a certain way of thinking, you might be able to train yourself to operate another way and find that easier to do over time, but you're very unlikely to change your underlying preferences. ... The best way to change is through doing mental exercises.  As with physical exercise, this can be painful unless you enlist the habit loop discussed earlier to connect the rewards to the actions, "rewiring" your brain to love learning and beneficial change. ...
     ...Instead of expecting yourself or others to change, I've found that it's often more effective to acknowledge one's weaknesses and create explicit guardrails against them.   This is typically a faster and higher-probability path to success.

-Ray Dalio, Principles

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

On focused persistence..................


The organizations that actually change things are the ones that have a time horizon that's longer than 36 hours.

-Seth Godin, from here

As proverbs go.................


..................................................these are pretty good:

"And do not look outside yourself for the leader."

An important question.................


Am I getting older or has the supermarket begun playing great music?

-question asked here

"To be normal is nothing to brag about...."


...........................................On embracing your inner freak.

On accepting the responsibility...........


....................................................................of being editable.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Simplify...........................




Get rid of irrelevant details so that the essential things and relationships between them stand out.  As the saying goes, "Any damn fool can make it complex.  It takes a genius to make it simple."  Think of Picasso.  He could paint beautiful representational paintings from an early age, but he continually pared down and simplified as his career progressed.  Not everyone has a mind that works that way, but just because you can't do something naturally doesn't mean you can't do it - you just have to have creativity and determination.  If necessary, you can seek the help of others.

-Ray Dalio,  Principles

Innermost prayer...............


“I came to the conclusion long ago that all religions were true and that also that all had some error in them, and while I hold by my own religion, I should hold other religions as dear as Hinduism. So we can only pray, if we were Hindus, not that a Christian should become a Hindu; but our innermost prayer should be that a Hindu should become a better Hindu, a Muslim a better Muslim, and a Christian a better Christian.” 

-Mahatma Gandhi

Uncomfortable..................



Successful.....................


     A mind that is concentrated on a positive thought has the power to increase the likelihood that the positive thought will materialize in the world of events.  The most successful people in the world are those who hold in mind the highest good of all concerned, including themselves.  They know that there is a win-win solution to every problem.  They are at peace with themselves, which allows them to be supportive of the potential and success of others.  They do work which they love, and so they feel continually inspired and creative.  They do not seek happiness;  they have discovered that happiness is a by-product of doing what they love.  A feeling of personal fulfillment comes naturally from their positive contribution to the lives of others, including family, friends, groups, and the world at large.

-David Hawkins

Laugh and play...................


Willie Nelson...............................................Frosty The Snowman