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The Immigrant Advantage: What it is, How to get It

A recent news article (New York Times, 5/25/14, “The Immigrant Advantage”) laid out in startling detail how many immigrants are out performing broad swaths of home grown…

Shinrin-yoku

Visiting nature for therapeutic benefit has become popular in Japan. The concept is known as Shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing. A study of 280 healthy Japanese,…

The Billionaire Street Sweeper

I recently finished Ted Turner’s autobiography, “Call Me Ted.” Among his other claims to fame, Turner is the founder of CNN and TBS, as well…

Keep Your Life Interesting or You Will Mess Up Just to Spice It Up

“The only reason I’m letting you back into my life is because I know you’ll **** it up again and frankly, things have been a…

Sounds Like Life To Me

I was surfing the radio, looking for some music, driving back to Gainesville from a University of Florida Gator Boosters board meeting in Orlando, when…

Is Unhappiness the Secret to Happiness?

Ok, being a bit tongue in cheek here BUT… 1.  One key to happiness is pushing your comfort zone. Pushing your comfort zone is (by…

8 Thoughts on Judging

“We are all inclined to judge ourselves by our ideals; others by their acts.” – Harold Nicolson   “Everything that irritates us about others can…

It was true…Until it wasn’t

It was true… Until it wasn’t. Years ago, a wise friend made an observation about a certain aspect of the financial market. Something was a…

Stop Sorting Gravel

Stephen R. Covey, author of “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, used a dramatic illustration to teach the value of time and energy management. Covey…

Beyond Galton’s Wall

Is there a limit to what is humanly possible? Are some goals simply unobtainable? So much so as to be demotivating? If you agree, then…

Learned Optimism and Explanatory Styles

“Learned Optimism” is a book by Martin Seligman that I read about 15 years ago and have since counted among my favorites. Dr. Seligman, who…

Beware the “All Hat, No Cattle” Leader

As Wall Street and finance bigwigs continue to insist that they deserve over-the-top compensation in spite of all evidence to the contrary (yes, we really…

“Endlessly Curious”

It is easy to say that life is a matter of how you look at it, that things turn out best for those who make…

PopCap: Big Brother Can Be a Bully

(Friday’s Populist Capitalist Blog Post) Society should not pick on the weak or the less fortunate and most certainly we should not allow them to…