Beyond the “Fourth Turning”

Yogi Berra famously said, “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” Prior to retirement, my job involved anticipating the future. Generally speaking, our forecasts were no more sophisticated than projecting a continuation of current trends. Often this proved incorrect. The best-selling author and demographer Neil Howe says we are in the “4th turning,” …

The GOAT

Who would you say the GOAT (Greatest of All Time) in athletics is? Many would vote for football star Tom Brady. He's not the most likable guy, but at age 43, he's still lighting up the scoreboard.  Lance Armstrong won the Tour de France seven times! It's hard to deny his accomplishments and skill, despite …

Mistaken Identity

Experienced poker players say that if you don’t know the patsy at the table, it’s you! It might be true! I pride myself on being open-minded; it was part of my training. Few people, however, look at both sides of an issue. Why bother when we know we are right?  I am concerned about polarization …

A Strange New World

World leaders met in Glasgow last week to discuss actions to address climate change. I’d like to be optimistic, but there are economic realities to overcome! I studied economics in college. Unfortunately, much of what I learned is dangerously outdated, beginning with the extolled supremacy of market-based economies.  Please don’t get me wrong, I’m not …

Discipline

Discipline separates who we are from who we want to be. That may sound harsh, and a little old fashion, but that’s the way it is! I remember a story about an adoring fan meeting Itzhak Perlman. He told the great violinist that he would be willing to give his life to play like him. …

Choose Kindness

I like to listen to podcasts when exercising. Recently, the American author George Saunders was on The Ezra Klien Show (highly recommended). The subject was kindness, and I have been thinking about their discussion ever since. Who deserves kindness? That may seem like a ridiculous question. Doesn't everyone deserve kindness? Perhaps a better question would …

Little By Little

Recently I was in Wal*Mart, and the lady in front of me bought a whole stack of Powerball tickets. She paid cash.  One shouldn't judge others, but she didn't look like she could afford her groceries. Someone wins the Powerball. Maybe it will be her. Except I once read that hitting the big payoff would …

An Inside Job

I grew up in a devout Christian family.  My parents held firm views on most things, especially when it came to religion. They believed there were two types of people in the world; believers and non-believers. Most of the families on our block regularly attended church. We didn’t associate with those who didn’t.  The United …

Change

Most of us resist change.  Given that change is constant, a better strategy would be to lean into it, but it’s hard to do.   Friends that were better downhill skiers than me (most) encouraged me to lean forward and point my skis downhill. That’s exactly what I was trying to prevent. Fighting gravity, I …