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REWRITING THE NARRATIVE OF YOUR LIFE

REWRITING THE NARRATIVE OF YOUR LIFE

“We tell ourselves stories in order to live … We live entirely by the imposition of a narrative upon disparate images, by the “ideas” which we have learned to freeze the shifting phantasmagoria which is our actual experience.” I was struck this week by this quote from Joan Didion’s book The White Album.  Whether we realize it or not, we all impose a narrative on our lives.  But I...

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WHO ARE YOU?

WHO ARE YOU?

“Do I contradict myself?  Very well, I contradict myself.  (I am large, I contain multitudes.)”  You probably recognize those three lines from the Song of Myself by Walt Whitman.  The last line, that I contain multitudes, is my text for this post.  I have a simple proposition to make: We all contain multitudes.  We behave very differently at different times.  Sometimes we behave well,...

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WHEN TO TRUST A HUNCH, AND WHEN NOT

WHEN TO TRUST A HUNCH, AND WHEN NOT

Observation of happy and successful people leads me to think they have a knack of making the right intuitive decisions.  But when should you trust your intuition to the extent of making a big bet on it?  And when should you not? The Story of Mary from Maine Max Gunther, author of that great little book The Zurich Axioms, tells the story of a woman from Maine – I’ll call her Mary.  She...

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TRUMP HAS ALREADY WON!

TRUMP HAS ALREADY WON!

Note: This post is about life and business, not politics…   Donald Trump has performed an amazing feat of reframing reality.  Now, my impression of Trump is that he is an intolerable and despicable buffoon.  But perhaps he is just a publicity-seeking rational person having an enormous joke at the expense of nearly all of us.  I don’t recommend emulating Trump, except insofar as we can...

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HOW TO BE A BOSSY BOSS

HOW TO BE A BOSSY BOSS

There is a curious South African phenomenon – the bossy boss.  And while this might sound a bad idea, I have come to the view that it is good. One thing that is generally acknowledged – but not explained – is that for a tiny population of managers, South Africa has generated a large number of very successful entrepreneurs.  To name but two: Elon Musk, founder of Tesla and Space X and...

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TAKE MORE RISKS

TAKE MORE RISKS

“If you are not worried, you are not risking enough.”  This is the first of the Zurich investment axioms, which I mentioned last month. The axioms assume that you want to get rich.  The first thing to realize is that you will never get rich on wage or salary income.  You can only do it by investing, or by starting a business. Yet even most people who save and invest don’t get rich.  The...

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