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Superiority

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” – Ernest Hemingway

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Lazy, Weak and Dumb

People overwhelmingly think they’re smarter, stronger, more industrious and better looking than they really are.  To some extent, this is healthy.  If most of us realized how ugly and dumb we really were, we’d have trouble leaving the house, landing … Continue reading

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Compared to What

It’s easy to convince yourself that you’re doing well if you compare yourself to your peers who are doing worse than you.  Unfortunately, this is a recipe for mediocracy.  Eventually, your self-induced laziness lets your peers catch up and then … Continue reading

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Big Money

There’s a not-so-strange tendency for people make really poor financial decisions when there’s a lot of money involved. If you’re buying a $50,000 car that comes with 17″ aluminum wheels, but the salesman offers you the fancy 18″ chrome wheels … Continue reading

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Worthy Ideals?

[E]verybody has certain ideals which determine the direction of his endeavors and his judgments. In this sense I have never looked upon ease and happiness as ends in themselves — such an ethical basis I call more proper for a … Continue reading

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The Importance of the Individual

Some interesting emails with readers about Dokkodo, and the merits of a life of service.  Service is important, no doubt, But I still put the individual first.  After all, service of any kind is, eventually, for the benefit of individuals. … Continue reading

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How Do I Improve?

Someone wrote to me today asking how to improve their photography.  I wrote back a short reply, and realized it is in no way limited to photography: Hi S., Thanks very much! My advice to you would be to look … Continue reading

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Why Taking Time Off To Figure It Out Is A Mistake

Most people I know don’t really know what they want to do with the rest of their lives.  This includes most really successful people I know.  My grandfather, at 80 years old, used to say he didn’t know what he … Continue reading

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A Plant Frequently Moved Never Grows Strong

A plant which is frequently moved never grows strong. People who spend their whole life traveling abroad end up having plenty of places where they can find hospitality but no real friendships. We place a big emphasis, and not wrongly, … Continue reading

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The Long View

In Amazon’s first shareholder letter, published in 1997, the first subsection was titled, “It’s all about the long term.”  Jeff Bezos explains why: If everything you do needs to work on a three-year time horizon, then you’re competing against a … Continue reading

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How To Set A Goal

Most people set horrible goals. Because of this, they never even get close to reaching them. “Lose 10 pounds.” “Earn $100,000 next year.” “Spend more time with my family.” If you set goals like this, you have a 0% chance … Continue reading

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Selling Technology Sucks: Start With The Goal Instead

How do you sell $10 Billion worth of product a year? One of the things I’ve always found is that you’ve got to start with the customer experience and work backwards for the technology”. You can’t start with the technology and … Continue reading

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Don’t Shop When You’re Hungry

You’ll end up buying more than you want. Make plans when you’re fresh, not at the end of the day when you’re exhausted. Set goals when you’re on a roll; don’t undermine them after a failure. The hard part isn’t … Continue reading

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