THE LOVE OF BUREAUCRACY

This is an observation I have made. People love bureaucracy. Most people like complicated things. They want to talk about nothing. I don’t mean small talk. I find no problem with small talk where we are all being silly, are happy and have a conversation with no clear goal. Rather, I am saying that people […]

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FOLLOW YOUR BLISS

This title is taken from Joseph Campbell. He uttered the phrase in one of his series of interviews which come under the title Power of Myth. I loved the phrase so much that I couldn’t get it out of my head. I also think that it is a useful idea. I am not sure, but […]

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THE GOOD BOY MENTALITY

I am uncomfortable about this title. I will be talking about a character trait I share. What does good boy even mean? I don’t like to think of myself as a good person, because thinking thus is proud, and one can never be humble enough. The second problem is connected with Cato’s position that he […]

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THE DELIBERATE AND THE EMERGENT

These two concepts are well explained in How Will You Measure Your Life by Clay Christensen and his co-authors. The book is an extension of a lecture Clay used to give at the end of his university course. Clay passed away a few years ago. He was however able to finish the book before he […]

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PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY

I like that Booker T. Washington was a practical man. His legacy seems to me to have been this- be responsible. His school the Tuskegee Institute taught practical subjects, which were in the most part things one could do with the hands. I think deep down he thought that it would be difficult for black […]

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ESSENTIALISM by Greg McKeown

I became familiar with this book through Tim Ferris. I have heard him talk about it a few times. Unbeknownst to me then, the writer and I attend the same church. We are both latter-day saints. As I was reading the book, I got to a part where he said as part of his morning […]

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EXTREME HONESTY

I have always thought honesty to be important. If you are with honest people, you can sleep without nightmares, because you know they will take care of your needs. Once a while, I meet people who I feel I can trust even with my life. Although the people I will trust with my life are […]

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SAYING NO

Life is short. We only have enough time to do things which are important to us. There is also opportunity cost to how we spend our time. Going to a night party might deprive us of hours of sleep. Saying no can be difficult. First off, someone is asking you to act. On some level […]

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BENEFITTING FROM EVERYTHING

I don’t want to be right; I want to win. I will explain. In Jim Paul’s book, What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars, he talks about this commodity trader who was very successful with trades in green lumber. The trader, who was successful, thought that green lumber was lumber painted green, instead of freshly […]

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