A Stoic Is Divinely Content

Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, has a habit of writing a thoughtful letter each year to his shareholders. In his most recent one, there was a line that caught the attention of the media pundits. “One thing I love about customers is that they are divinely discontent. Their expectations are never static—they go up.” As …

What Will You Do With Your Freedom?

It was today in 1723 that the economist Adam Smith was born. Like Benjamin Franklin, Adam Smith is credited with “inventing” something—capitalism, in this case—that of course had existed since the dawn of time. But what people don’t know about Smith is what a profoundly moral and just person he was (his best book is The …

Practice What Needs Practice

Today, you have a simple prompt from Marcus Aurelius: Try to improve at something you’re not naturally good at. “Practice even what seems impossible. The left hand is useless at almost everything, for lack of practice. But it guides the reins better than the right. From practice.” Think about all the things you’re good at. …

Venezuelans Shrugged.

In 1957, Ayn Rand wrote a compelling novel about a world overtaken by socialism. In that world, the talents who earned money for their work were being robbed by their government. The heavy government regulations crippled the industries. As government oppression continued to grow, the brightest, most productive business owners, the talents, began disappearing. They …

ABC’s corporate cancer

Tom Arnold estimates the losses from ABC’s reaction to a single tweet: “ABC lost maybe $1 billion from this; this show was grinding out money hand over fist and they lost it all because somebody didn’t say, ‘Get that phone out of her hand,’” Arnold tells THR. No, it’s all because someone didn’t say, “Who …

Despite All Of Your Rage

Oh, you’re angry, are you? Angry at your parents. At the other kids who didn’t understand you. At the business partner who screwed you. At the lover who dumped you. At the politicians in Washington who just can’t do their jobs. And you think this anger is powerful? That you’re going to prove them all …