Thoughts

Poverty is not a bad thing.

It was the Athenian statesman, Pericles, who would say that there was no shame in poverty. Only in not doing something about it. The Stoics would probably agree, though they might word it differently. They’d say, there’s no shame in poverty, only in not doing something with it. Seneca famously said that poverty was good for at least one …

You have it pretty good.

Whatever you’re going through, no matter how frustrating or horrible it may be, there is one thing you can be sure of: Someone else has it worse. You lost your job. Someone else recently lost their grandson. You’re feeling depressed. Someone else is feeling a lump in their breast. The market went south on you. …

Thoughts on the State of the Union.

That was no State of the Union address tonight. That was the death of Democratic Party. President Trump was positive, optimistic, and energized as he pointed out one success after another. The stock market soars. Wages rise. Factories return. Taxes fall. Bonuses arrive. The president delivered applause line after applause line, not through well-turned phrases …

Attack, Always Attack!

Getting stuff done is a matter of attacking each day like it’s an obstacle course in a mud run. Because that’s pretty much what it is. You can attack your day any way you like, based on the way your brain is wired and your own personal style of getting stuff done. Today I’ll toss out for your …

Head of the line?

Rome was filled with a number of rituals and practices that seem baffling today. They had distinct hereditary classes. Only certain classes and ages and positions could wear certain color togas or capes. These distinctions of importance and blood trickled down as far as dinner parties, in which certain guests were given better positions on …

The Room to improve

Epictetus reminds us: “It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.” He tells us that this is the “first task” of philosophy: to get rid of our preconceptions, to do away with the dogmas we have in our heads. Be humble. Be open to things you don’t know, or things …