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PopCap: Forget the CEOs: Congress Has a Fleet of 16 Jets

(Friday’s Populist Capitalist Blog Post) Okay, we all got riled up about the Big 3 automakers flying to Washington in their Gulfstream IVs and Vs to demand an opportunity to feed at the public trough.…

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Motivation Matters Most

A recent study published in the February 26, 2009, issue of The New England Journal of Medicine looked at four common diets and found that…

Pay Attention: You Already May Have Everything You Truly Want

Ah, the Rat Race. Most of us get up every morning and run it as hard as we can. Pushing ourselves to excel, to achieve…

The Importance of Considering Opportunity Costs

In economic theory (aka never never land), rational consumers weigh every purchase against alternative uses for that money, its opportunity cost. Money not being an…

Primary Happiness, Secondary Happiness

PRIMARY HAPPINESS Primary happiness is our personal set point of happiness, our “background” level of contentment. Primary happiness is deeply related to how we see…

PopCap: Majoring in Minor Things

(Friday’s Populist Capitalist Blog Post) Enough already! State regulators are now going after … yoga instructors??? With an inborn love of rules, regulations, and red…

Time Management: An Hour a Week, 10 Minutes a Day

60 minutes a week to hone your strategic vision, 10 minutes at the end of the day to tactically plan the next day in harmony…

“Juega cada punto como si fuera el ultimo”

Juega cada punto como si fuera el ultimo: “Play every point as though it were the last – of the game, of the match, of…

Showing and Doing Speaks Louder Than Telling

Most of us are visual: We often learn best by seeing. A leader’s personal behavior speaks volumes; most organizations, for better or worse, are the…

Customer Service and Recovery Behavior

At some point it is not enough to just “Say Sorry,” you must also genuinely, sincerely “Do Sorry” as well. Just like the little boy…

PopCap: Big Brother Runs Amok for…Nada?

(Friday’s Populist Capitalist Blog Post) National security! Terrorist threats! These have been Washington’s mantra for close to 8 years as our civil liberties have been…

“Every Time You Scream at a Driver, She Learns a Lesson”

I saw this “Every Time You Scream at a Driver, She Learns a Lesson” poster on a street in Manhattan and I was really moved…

“A soft answer turneth away wrath”

“A soft answer turneth away wrath; But a grievous word stirreth up anger.” — Proverbs 15.1 Whether you call it emotional intelligence, maturity, diplomacy, life…

The Journal

There is a stack of used writing pads beside a chair in my home office. Most are yellow paper, most are letter-sized pads, a few…

PopCap: A Nation of Sheep

(A Populist Capitalist Blog Post) One of the most beautiful things in nature is a wild animal in its natural habitat: free, independent, beholden to…

Hurrah for Pigovian Taxes!

What is a Pigovian tax? Good question. Thought you’d never ask! A Pigovian tax is a tax on any thing, any activity, or any product…

Online Degrees: For Real?

How does learning occur? How do you know that learning has occurred? What about knowledge? How is knowledge transferred? How are skills acquired? What about…

Read The Footnotes: Jim Rogers

Jim Rogers is a successful author and investment guru from the old school. The “best advice” he ever received was to “read everything… (if) you…

Power of Example

Time magazine ran a cover story on “The World’s 100 Most Influential People” and in an even more clever twist, got famous people to write…

Paralysis Thru Analysis: Can Anyone Here Make a Command Decision?

There is a parable about a dog who once starved to death because he was EXACTLY half way between two dog dishes full of food…

“How David Beats Goliath”

“How David Beats Goliath” is a fascinating New Yorker magazine article by Malcolm Gladwell, the author of The New York Times non-fiction best sellers “The…