Saturday, April 6, 2019

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Wisdom.........................


...................about investing—and about life its ownself:

"Investing doesn't have to be about beating others or beating the market.  It's about not beating yourself."

-Ben Carlson

On self-judgment................


"Begin your assessment with a prayer of thanks. Every creative journey has its rewards. It’s never wasted time. Put your disappointments aside and look for your bounty."

-Danny Gregory, from this blog post

On the importance of..........................


........................................................................."incrementals".

Talk about motivation..............


"I wrote this book because I needed to read it."

-Austin Kleon, about his book I just ordered

Standards.............................


 Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be.

 -Zig Ziglar

Fifty years ago..............................


Mama Cass........................................................It's Getting Better

Sunday, March 31, 2019

A conundrum....................


The information available to everyone on the planet is growing at an exponential rate.  Anyone with a smartphone today has better mobile phone capabilities than the president of the Unites States did 25 years ago.  We have better access to information than the president had 15 years ago.  We now have an unprecedented amount of information at our fingertips anytime we want it. . . .
     Information flow will only continue to speed up in the future, so we have ourselves a conundrum.  It will become more and more important to separate the meaningful from the meaningless as most people will be continuously trying to drink from the fire hose of information instead of focusing on the truly important areas that they can control.

-Ben Carlson,  from A Wealth Of Common Sense:  Why Simplicity Trumps Complexity In Any Investment Plan

Opening paragraphs.....................


      Some writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins. Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness possitively by uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher.
      Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one: for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries by a Government, which we might expect in a country without Government, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer. Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise. For were the impulses of conscience clear, uniform and irresistibly obeyed, man would need no other law-giver; but that not being the case, he finds it necessary to surrender up a part of his property to furnish means for the protection of the rest; and this he is induced to do by the same prudence which in every other case advises him, out of two evils to choose the least. Wherefore, security being the true design and end of government, it unanswerably follows that whatever form thereof appears most likely to ensure it to us, with the least expence and greatest benefit, is preferable to all others.

-Thomas Paine,  Common Sense

Implications.....................




"A house implies a builder, and a garment a weaver, and a door a carpenter, so does the existence of the Universe imply a Creator."

-Akiba

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Fifty years ago..................................


The Isley Brothers.................................................It's Your Thing



88 Important Truths......................


The first ten:

1. You can’t change other people, and it’s rude to try.
2. It is a hundred times more difficult to burn calories than to refrain from consuming them in the first place.
3. If you’re talking to someone you don’t know well, you may be talking to someone who knows way more about whatever you’re talking about than you do.
4. The cheapest and most expensive models are usually both bad deals.
5. Everyone likes somebody who gets to the point quickly.
6. Bad moods will come and go your whole life, and trying to force them away makes them run deeper and last longer.
7. Children are remarkably honest creatures until we teach them not to be.
8. If everyone in the TV show you’re watching is good-looking, it’s not worth watching.
9. Yelling always makes things worse.
10. Whenever you’re worried about what others will think of you, you’re really just worried about what you’ll think of you.

This I believe.............................




"I find in the universe so many forms of order, organization, system, law, and adjustment of means to ends, that I believe in a cosmic intelligence and I conceive God as the life, mind, order, and law of the world."

-Will Durant

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