Non-financial: January - March 2011 articles archive home
The value of failing
Ultimately, we all have to decide for ourselves what constitutes failure, but the world is quite eager to give you a set of criteria if you let it. So I think it fair to say that by any conventional measure, a mere seven years after my graduation day, I had failed on an epic scale.
Friday, March 25, 2011 ... more
What sets them apart
The odds are that few if any of the people around you are truly great at what they do – awesomely, amazingly, world-class excellent. Why? Why don’t they manage businesses like Jack Welch or Andy Grove? After all, most of them have been at it for a long time – twenty, thirty, forty years. Why isn’t that enough to make them great performers?
Friday, March 18, 2011 ... more
Only what you do
Every person passing through this life will unknowingly leave something and take something away. Most of this cannot be seen or heard or numbered or scientifically detected or counted.
Friday, March 11, 2011 ... more
Banking theory
Q: What are banks for?
A: To make money.

Q: For the customers?
A: For the banks.

Q: Why doesn't bank advertising mention this?
A: It would not be in good taste.
Friday, March 4, 2011 ... more
Wrong long-held beliefs
There is a list at, the Web site created by intellectual impresario John Brockman, of scientific ideas that endured for a long time, but were wrong. The list grew from a query by Richard Thaler, at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
Friday, February 25, 2011 ... more
In no mood for coffee and doughnuts
Myths and legends die hard … we love them for the extra dimension they provide, the illusion of near-infinite possibility to erase the narrow confines of most men's reality. Weird heroes and mould-breaking champions exist as living proof to those who need it that the tyranny of 'the rat race' is not yet final.
Friday, February 18, 2011 ... more
An acquired skill
It is not true that we are naturally endowed with the ability to think clearly and logically – without learning how, or without practicing. It is ridiculous to suppose that any less skill is required for thinking than for carpentering, or for playing tennis, golf, or bridge, or for playing some musical instrument.
Friday, February 11, 2011 ... more
What devil?
I am not prepared to speak strongly as to the colour of the Devil; white men paint him black, black men white; but, allowing for the prejudices of dark-coloured and fair-skinned believers, an invisible green would not be an unreasonable tint ...
Friday, February 4, 2011 ... more
Rather than vested interest.
There is in the world at large an increasing inclination to stretch unduly the powers of society over the individual, both by the forces of opinion and even by that of legislation ...
Friday, January 28, 2011 ... more
The value of our mistakes
In her book, Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error, Kathryn Schultz points out that “our default attitude toward wrongness - our distaste for error and our appetite for being right – tends to be rough on relationships.”
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 ... more
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