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Published by Richard Posner on December 6, 2015

Dispose of Your Racial And Ethnic Stereotypes

“Instead of being presented with stereotypes by age, sex, color, class, or religion, children must have the opportunity to learn that within each range, some people are loathsome and some are delightful.” ~Margaret Mead~ While 65 years on this planet is not quite overripe, it is long enough to have heard and believed several racial,…

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Published by Richard Posner on December 3, 2015

Life In The Safe Lane

“Our insignificance is often the cause of our safety.”      ~Aesop~ Understand that a lion’s share of the people in the world is living – as much as possible – in the so-called safe lane. Japan, in particular, is the unofficial home of the illusion of safeness.  From cradle to grave people are implicitly taught that…

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Published by Richard Posner on December 1, 2015

Me Incorporated

“If you think that education is expensive, try ignorance.”      ~Derek Bok~ I often ponder about the principle of frugality and how to tame the itch for buying things which are not assets. Defining an asset can often require the slight of hand of a trained, pencil-pushing accountant.  In one instance, however, you can with certainty…

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Published by Richard Posner on November 27, 2015

Just One Day – That’s All It Takes

“An ounce of hypocrisy is worth a pound of ambition.”     ~Michael Korda, writer and journalist~ How many books must you read before you know something? How many audio and video messages must you hear and see before the truth can ring in your ears and shine before your eyes? How many seminars must you attend…

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Published by Richard Posner on November 25, 2015

Don’t “Should Have…” Yourself To Death

“Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy, you can’t build on it it’s only good for wallowing in.” ~Katherine Mansfield~  One of my favorite motivational speakers is Les Brown.  He said “Used-to-be’s don’t make honey.”    How many things that you…

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Published by Richard Posner on November 25, 2015

Apologizing

“An apology?  Bah!  Disgusting!  Cowardly!  Beneath the dignity of any gentlemen, however wrong he might be.”     ~Steve Martin~ When was the last time you said a gut-wrenching “I’m sorry,” and really meant to make things right? Hey, I’m not talking about spilling the coffee at a Starbucks and getting a wet tissue to dab over…

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Published by Richard Posner on November 22, 2015

The Blame Game

“When you blame others, you give up your power to change.”     ~Robert Anthony~ Accusing others of hurting you – even when undoubtedly true – is usually an act in futility.  Very few people have intention to do you wrong, though many will (at least, in your mind) during the course of your life. …

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Published by Richard Posner on November 19, 2015

Defining Your Success

“We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched.  Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives … not looking for flaws, but for potential.”                                               …

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Published by Richard Posner on November 19, 2015

Tightening Our Fiscal Belts

“First master the fundamentals.”     ~Larry Bird, former NBA star~ Wouldn’t it be an exhilarating moment if most humans suddenly believed passionately that success was a given? For a majority of the inhabitants of this planet, the barometer for success is set on survival.  Yes, we do mouth words of motivation, hope, and encouragement to each…

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Published by Richard Posner on November 18, 2015

Ten Things Money Can’t Buy

Why is it that so many people who rise to the top of their game eventually sabotage their achievements? Entertainers and sports figures are notorious for hitting bottom.  But so are managers, board directors and other less conspicuous achievers who may be rolling in fresh cash and the toys that money can buy, but mysteriously…

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