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Waste Not, Want Not

  This old proverb was drilled into me at an early age along with that other golden oldie, “A penny saved is a penny earned.” Thrift and economy was (and is) a virtue in and…

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If Not Now, When?

  There is a story… At the end of his Sunday sermon, it was the preacher’s practice to stand at the back of the auditorium…

Choose Your Pain

  Wow, not a charming title! Choose your pain? Who wants to read about pain? Well, I never promised you a rose garden. Life is…

What If We Are Wrong?

  Confirmation bias is the psychological term for the all-too human tendency to mainly see the information that confirms what we already believe. We often…

The Helper’s High

  Want to feel better? Live longer? Dodge a bad mood? Lift yourself up? It’s easy. Go help someone else! “Helper’s high” has been well…

Work Ethic: A Not So Small Thing That Makes A Big Difference

  William Green, CEO of the $20+ billion (revenues) mega-consulting firm Accenture relates the story of how he was once at a college doing recruiting…

The Principles We Live By

  Sometimes the problems of the world seem overwhelming. So many in need of help, so much that needs to be done. It almost freezes…

PopCap: Overcriminalization

  (Friday’s Populist Capitalist Blog Post) You are a felon. A multiple felon at that. Or so says Harvey A. Silverglate, a Boston-based left-wing civil…

Go Play In Traffic

  “Everything that I have done I’ve done because I went out and I played in traffic and something happened…. If you go push yourself…

PopCap: The Hokey Pokey and Hate Crimes

(Friday’s Populist Capitalist Blog Post) Governments legitimately regulate certain kinds of behavior: violent acts, theft, fraud, etc. The moment the government crosses over into criminalizing…

Urban Meyer: Choose a Story, Choose a Life

Life happens, situations occur. We interpret the events of our lives one way or another, weaving them into our life story. Different people see the…

“Finding the Freedom of Self Control”

Self control is not a thing we are born with or without. Self control is not allotted at birth or a “blob of brain tissue…

Do Unto Others: The Golden Rule and The Ethic of Reciprocity

Most of us learned the Golden Rule at an early age, even if we might’ve been a bit long on theory and short on practice…

Genius vs. Chance

Take a hundred newly-minted Harvard MBAs. Set them to work flipping coins. Track who flips nothing but heads. When you are down to one person,…

PopCap: “Stolen Valor”: Exposing Bogus Vets

(Friday’s Populist Capitalist Blog Post) “Stolen Valor: How the Vietnam Generation Was Robbed of its Heroes and its History,” is a book by B.G. “Jug”…

Self-fulfilling Expectations: Creating the World We Expect to See

One of the recurring themes of this blog on personal leadership is how powerfully our expectations impact our reality. To a much greater degree than…

$100 and A Bag of Nails

Diane Hendricks never got a college degree. One of nine sisters, her parents were diary farmers in Wisconsin. Ever heard of Osseo, Wisconsin? Me either.…

Creating a Calm Brain

It’s long been known that exercise is a terrific way to handle stress and lift your mood. At the end of the day there is…