Published by Richard Posner on April 27, 2016

Leaping Before Looking

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do… Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”     ~Mark Twain~ As a child, I often heard it said:  “Curiosity kills the cat.”  This proverb…

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Published by Richard Posner on April 24, 2016

Uncovering Opportunity

“Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them.”     ~Orison Swett Marden~ I have a brash, maybe painful, question to ask of you?  Are you ready? Yes, I am, Richard?  What is it you want to know?  Imagine – if you will –…

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Published by Richard Posner on April 24, 2016

Information Please

(Written anonymously; no author attributed to the piece.) “Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.”       ~Confucius~  When I was quite young, my father had one of the first telephones in our neighborhood. I remember well the polished old case fastened to the wall. The shiny receiver hung on the side of the box. I…

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Published by Richard Posner on April 4, 2016

The Popeye Response

“Stubbornness does have its helpful features.  You always know what you’re going to be thinking tomorrow.”      ~Glen Beaman, author~ Far too many people – especially men – like to justify their being by using what I call The Popeye the Sailorman response: “I am what I am.”  This could also be called “The Cop Out,…

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