Cowboy Ethics

There was a time when a person's word was enough. You could sell the farm  on a handshake without worrying about whether the other side would follow through. But those were simpler times. These days, to get what was promised, you'd better have it in writing. After this unethical climate occasioned the financial meltdown in 2008, 40-year Wall Street veteran James Owen knew something had to change. Society had gotten too far away from the days when…

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The Nietzsche Hypothesis: How Failure Fuels Fulfillment

In 1887,  famed philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche wrote as follows: To those human beings who are of any concern to me I wish suffering, desolation, sickness, ill-treatment, indignities — I wish that they should not remain unfamiliar with profound self-contempt, the torture of self-mistrust, the wretchedness of the vanquished: I have no pity for them, because I wish them the only thing that can prove today whether one is worth anything or not — that one endures. At first…

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Seneca’s Lesson of Living Fully

It's a pearl of wisdom as ignored as it is ubiquitous: seize the day. Alabama sang about it in the early nineties, and more recently, Tim McGraw extolled all of us to live like we are dying. But it is to the ancient Roman philosopher Seneca that we all owe the credit for this profound lesson. In his most famous work, On the Shortness of Time, Seneca urged us to live fully because time is our most valuable resource. He reasoned that…

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Like Water: The Wisdom of Bruce Lee

Two years before his death, at the age of 31, American martial arts icon Bruce Lee had an epiphany. Already a successful actor and filmmaker, Lee had accomplished much, but he wanted more. Self-consciousness over goals left unaccomplished consumed him. Sensing this inner struggle, Lee's sensei, Yip Man, said: "Preserve yourself by following the natural bends of things and don't interfere. Remember to never assert yourself against nature...never be in frontal opposition to any problems, but control it…

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The Billionaire’s Business Bible–In One Chart

"All warfare is based on deception." Sound familiar? Those are the words of Sun Tzu from "The Art of War," the single most important book on strategy and tactics ever written.  While Tzu's timeless principles focus on warfare, many of the world's most successful leaders were quick to draw the parallels between the battlefield and the boardroom, hence why this prophetic tome is the single most common occupant of the bookshelves of powerful people.  Now, thanks to Mindjet, you can absorb…

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The Blueprint for Building a Powerful Rolodex

You know the type: they can work a room.  Everybody likes them, and everything is just one call away.  Decades ago, a curious young man named Dale Carnegie hypothesized that this type of charisma could be taught.  So he interviewed dozens of the world's most powerful people hoping to distill their intangible magnetism into a set of learnable principles.  The result was "How to Win Friends and Influence People," a book that has itself been distilled into a one-page…

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Wednesday Wisdom: Is 20 really the new 30?

Often reiterated to youth over the past few decades, “20 is the new 30”, is heard less and less as a common statement. A TEDTalk from clinical psychologist Meg Jay outlines how 20-somethings can live more intentful lives by focusing on what’s really important now rather than later. She discusses the freedom that one might feel as a 20-something, contributing to a lack of urgency in one’s life. Are one’s 20s a time to relax or a…

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Wednesday Wisdom: The Flow State

From the ancient Maya civilization, to artist Jackson Pollock, each experienced this state of being… What is it? Often described as the psychology of optimal experience, the concept of a “flow state” is rising as a discussion topic. From athletics, to the arts, to coursework, a flow state is identified as the ideal state to be in; it is when one is experiencing their peak performance. It allows one to experience life in a more concentrated way,…

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Wednesday Wisdom

How feasible is Elon Musk's idea to establish a colony on Mars in the 2020s? Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and founder of companies such as PayPal and Tesla Motors, has previously spoken about the potential opportunity for colonizing Mars. The topic was recently brought up on Quora, questioning the practicality of the idea of colonizing Mars. Respondents included a physicist/planetary scientist as NASA Kennedy Space Center and the former Head of Talent Acquisition at SpaceX. The…

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