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“…does no wrong hereafter.”

In the context of forgiveness and redemption, Abe Lincoln once said, “I think it is enough if the man does no wrong hereafter.” In this internet…

3 Questions, One Intent, 3 Answers

…the question you ask often impacts the answer you get 1. “What problems does it have?” 2. “It doesn’t have any problems, does it?” 3.…

The 2nd Question

After meeting a new person, after saying, “Hello, how are you?” what is the 2nd question? In America, it is generally some version of “What…

To Keep Love Fresh, Treat Your Lover Like a Guest

How to keep your love from going stale? How to keep your important relationships fresh and alive? Ever renewing and growing? One of the greatest…

Omotenashi: The spirit of selfless hospitality

Omotenashi’s original meaning referred to hosting guests “wholeheartedly” but it has taken on an even deeper meaning than to merely offering outstanding hospitality. Omotenashi is…

Ways to Analyze Real Estate Deals

What metrics do you use when analyzing a real estate deal?  There are many ways to look at deals; which deal is best varies with…

Do You Have Negative Capability?

Negative Capability is “the willingness to embrace uncertainty, live with mystery, and make peace with ambiguity.” The phrase was first used by romantic poet John Keats,…

2018 Checklist: Characteristics of Success v. Failure

Failure Checklist Sense of Entitlement Watch TV Every Day Live in Denial/Deliberate Ignorance Think education ends with graduation Drift, Dream, Doze Off Cultivate Resentments, Hold…

Questions

How would you define financial freedom? Financial freedom is as much a frame of mind and an approach to life as it is state of…

The Original American Dream

The phrase “The American Dream” was coined by James Truslow Adams in 1931. Originally it had nothing to do with material success or wealth but…

How Comfortable Are You with Being Uncomfortable?

Discussing certain topics, addressing troubling issues, doing a dreaded task: we all have them and all often require that we enter a zone of discomfort;…

Mentor’s Reply to Young Entrepreneur’s Questions (Part XIX)

Hello Mr. Collier, I hope all is well. When you get a moment could you please answer these? Would you agree that using all of…

How Often do you Engage in “Prosocial Deception”?

A “Prosocial Deception” is a falsehood spoken without the intent to harm i.e. a white lie: “minor or unimportant lie, especially one uttered in the interests…

One Secret of Happiness: Cultivating the “Active Constructive Response”

When we receive news or respond to a comment or compliment, we have a choice of 4 styles of response. Imagine a 4-square grid with…

Don’t Bury the Lead

“Don’t bury the lead” is an expression that comes from journalism. The “lead” is the first sentence of any communication and it should clearly and…

Stop Lying… to Yourself

We like to think of ourselves as rational thinkers, coming to objective conclusions about the world around us. Truth be told, study after study has…

What Schadenfreude May Say

Schadenfreude is a German word usually defined as experiencing or taking pleasure in the misfortune of others and is derived from Schaden (“damage, misfortune”) and Freude (“joy”). Studies show that…

Too Much is Never Enough

Don’t try to keep up with the Joneses because most likely they are chasing the wrong wagon. They won’t be happy when they catch whatever…

Solvitur Ambulando

Solvitur ambulando is Latin for “it is solved by walking” and the phrase has dual meanings. Originally “used to refer to a problem which is solved…

Burden of Gratitude

How can gratitude be a burden? Aren’t there spiritual benefits to gratitude? Isn’t it important to “Count Our Blessings Daily”? And being appreciative an important…

Memento Mori

Memento mori is Latin for “remember that you have to die” or “remembering we will die”. It is used in reference to the practice of…

Mentor’s Reply to Young Entrepreneur’s Questions (Part XVIII)

Good morning Mr. Collier, Here are some questions I have been pondering, when you get a moment could you please answer? Thank you for your…

Make Room for Gezellig in Your Life

  Gezellig (heh-SELL-ick) is a Dutch word that has no English equivalent and which Wikipedia says is “A perfect example of untranslatability.” This is in…

Beware the Dunning–Kruger Effect

The most dangerous person is the confident incompetent. Unfortunately, according to the Dunning–Kruger Effect, it is almost inevitable that the incompetent will be over-confident in…

Come Get Your Miracle

Whatever you want, you can come closer to having… if you just want it bad enough. How bad? Well, as bad as a drowning man…

Exit Strategies, Economies of Scale, and Good Reads

Hello, Mr. Collier, I hope all is well with you! As always I want to express my sincere gratitude for you taking the time to…