This is not the first time I’ve written about ducks (or even the second). So when I heard about the Peabody Memphis Ducks, my mind instantly clicked. Back in the 1930s, some hunters decided to place a few ducks in the fountain outside The Peabody in Memphis. This somehow started an adorable tradition. In 1940,
I’m grateful to live in a time and place where I can say ‘it’s easy to read books’. That’s not true of everywhere and most of human history was full of illiterate masses. But I can say it, so I will: It’s easy to read books. But it sure is hard to learn from them.
I’m not going to talk about the obvious health dangers of smoking. Everyone knows the damage it does to everything from your eyes to your toes. Another lecture on the poisons in cigarettes won’t help. Instead, I’m going to talk about another danger. This one’s a lot more subtle. I admit it isn’t unique to
Some topics are easy to learn. The concepts make sense, they stick in your mind and they’re easy to connect with each other. It’s fun to go over the ideas, whether they’re the basics of the cutting edge. When the topic is this good, studying is a great way to unwind. Other topics are different.
I talk about what self-hypnosis can do for you a lot. That’s because that’s a big category. Take any part of your life – how could it improve if you learned better ways of thinking? And better ways of being? But that’s vague to the point of meaningless. What on earth do I mean by
Anakin Skywalker was a little kid, desert world, pod racer… Let’s skip forward a bit – all the way to the third prequel. He had a problem: visions, prophecies, of his beloved wife dying. What was his solution? I have no idea.
Bring an amazing parent to mind. Go on – I can wait. Do you see a specific person in mind? Or is it abstract, like an archetype of what such a person might be like? Different people process ideas differently. Some are abstract, some are concrete. Either way, I don’t know much about this person
What’s the one thing every business leader says was the key to their success? Many of them have great visions. I can see how that helps. Many of them say they’re humble… and some of them act that way. What seems true is they’re not all geniuses. Some are brilliant while others are, by their
I remember years ago, someone was telling me about the Irish Potato Famine. He was Irish himself, which doesn’t explain why he was using it to make fun of them for it. He told me during the famine, people had plenty of other food – just no potatoes. But since they didn’t know how to
I read recently about a national park in the US that was struggling. The ecosystem had essentially collapsed. Humans had inadvertently pressured the delicate balance to the point of no return. So the park rangers reintroduced a small pack of wolves to the park. This simple act caused a chain reaction that restored the entire