Archive: Decisions Posts

Learning from Failure

Mike Kryzewski or Coach K is the winningest basketball coach in NCAA history, a graduate of West Point and arguably one of the smartest people in sports. Why was he so successful? He believes in failure. His philosophy was forged at West Point where you go to learn to fail in the classroom so you

Finding the Perfect Picture

My good friend Dewitt Jones, who was instrumental in helping me set the course for the book, just recently spoke at an event in Chicago. If you have not seen Dewitt speak, it is something I highly recommend. Dewitt was a photographer for National Geographic for over 30 years. In the hundreds of events he

Know Your Finish Line

Once you’re wealthy, is there ever a reason to become unwealthy again? According to Datamonitor, millionaires in the U.S. lost $1.2 trillion in portfolio value of assets between 2007 and 2009. The U.S. lost over 4.5 million of affluent individuals. In other words, 4.5 million people who were considered affluent in 2007, were no longer

“I Enjoyed Being Shot”

On the outskirts of Bogota, Columbia stands a company whose mission is to keep you alive. They sell golf shirts, handmade suits, bedspreads and even Bibles, seems pretty unremarkable, but what makes this company unique is all these items are “bullet-proof.” Owner, Miguel Caballero, has more than two hundred employees, and all of them have

The Piano and the Presidency

Legend has it that after a late night concert at New York’s famed Blue Note Club, the great jazz musician Duke Ellington was approached by a much younger aspiring pianist. The pianist asked, “How do you master everything you play, Mr. Ellington?” to which he replied, “Actually son, I only play what I’ve mastered.” When

When the Right One Comes Along

Regret is a stern taskmaster.  It won’t let you rest. Thinking about what “coulda, woulda, shoulda” is like having a nagging pebble in your shoe.  Better to make decisions based on the best information you have at the time, leaving the door open to make greater decisions when greater information arrives. But sometimes our “old

Wisdom from the Cave

At ninety-three, Richard Zimmerman broke out of his nursing home and hitchhiked all the way back home.  He didn’t want what others wanted; he wanted less.  He needed less, and wouldn’t let anyone give him more.  At last, at the age of ninety-four, he laid his head down and died.  The way he wanted to,

Imagination and Creativity

When and where do you get your best ideas? In the shower? On the beach? Ever wonder why your best ideas rarely come to you while at work? This is because the creative mind doesn’t’ perform optimally while in “the box”. The box is that place that doesn’t change. It is the steel cubicle where

Painting Your Picture

I read a loosely translated Japanese Proverb from the Zappos Twitter feed. It made me think about issues faced by many when it comes to financial planning. “Vision with execution is a daydream. Execution without vision is a nightmare.” This quote brings back memories of the international program I didn’t pursue in college, and the