Author Archives: The Guy

Facts are Stubborn Things

We can see an issue from any number of angles. But nuance does not change reality. Our adage for today is an old gem – Facts are stubborn things. You may have found this out the hard way. Most wisdom … Continue reading

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Setting Fire to the House While Your Standing in the Middle of it

Some situations have no good option. Call it the Kobayashi Maru. Call it the no-win scenario. Whatever you name it, the outcome will be negative. When you face certain loss, how you choose to go out can frame the future. … Continue reading

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Trust Everybody, But Cut the Cards

Everyone loves card tricks. The sleight of hand captures our attention. As a result we fail to see the trick. In fact, misdirection distracts us from what really happened. In short, you should always cut cards when playing. No matter … Continue reading

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Necessity Knows No Law

We have seen many crises in recent weeks. Natural disasters ripped through cities. People have contributed their share to the misery of others. Whether it’s Houston, San Juan or Las Vegas, it is time for resilience. For this reason, taking … Continue reading

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Ignorance Leads to Voluntary Misfortune

Today’s adage reflects forgotten wisdom. Ignorance leads to voluntary misfortune. It tracks with another favorite of mine: “luck favors the prepared.” Misfortune is an unlucky outcome. We volunteer for misfortune when we choose ignorance over mental preparation. You may recall … Continue reading

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A good name is better than riches

King Solomon possessed unrivaled wisdom. Today’s adage comes straight from the Biblical book of Proverbs. No one challenges the idea that one’s reputation holds great value. A good reputation leads to trust. Trust leads to more options. Options allow us … Continue reading

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All advantages come with a price

I see so much. Everyday I encounter friends and strangers. If you’re like me, you see that some of them have some kind of advantage. It might be a nice house. Or someone may have a new sports car that … Continue reading

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Laugh before sunrise; cry before sunset

Today’s adage comes from the middle ages. That age produced Hobbes and his reflection on a person’s short, brutish life. Many believed those who laughed or sang or enjoyed living, would soon stand corrected. Such unhelpful attitudes persist today.

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Better late than never

You may have noticed nothing ran yesterday. It was my day to post. I ran out of time before a busy evening. Today we take up an old chestnut that seems quite appropriate.

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Absence is the mother of all disillusion

This adage is the flip side of the more famous: absence makes the heart grow fonder. The one is a romantic notion. The other speaks to cold truth. Few know this saying or harness its power. In fairness, it is … Continue reading

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