Back To the Kremlin

In the first week of October, I took a business cruise from Athens in the eastern Mediterranean around the Greek Islands to Italy and then to Sicily and Malta. In the first week of October, I took a business cruise from Athens in the eastern Mediterranean around the Greek Islands to Italy and then to Sicily and Malta. At each port of call, we went ashore for several hours to tour remarkable cities and ruins from antiquities that go back twenty-five hundred years. Perhaps the most impressive was the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, one of the “Seven Wonders of The Ancient World.” It is in ruins today, but very much restored and fascinating to explore. I walked on the… Read more

The Niche Strategy for Success

The starting point of career success is for you to select your boss carefully and refuse to work for a difficult or negative person.The starting point of career success is for you to select your boss carefully and refuse to work for a difficult or negative person. Much of your happiness and job satisfaction depends upon your relationship with your superior. If you don’t get along, make every effort to resolve it or get transferred but if you can’t, be prepared to walk away. Make the Right ChoicesChoosing the right work, the right place to do it and the right people to do it with is laying the foundation for career success. Now you are ready to implement the "niche… Read more

Apply the 80/20 Rule to Everything

The 80/20 Rule is one of the most helpful of all concepts of time and life management. It is also called the Pareto Principle after its founder, the Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, who first wrote about it in 1895. Pareto noticed that people in his society seemed to divide naturally into what he called the “vital few,” the top 20% in terms of money and influence, and the “trivial many,” the bottom 80%. The Great Discovery He later discovered that virtually all economic activity was subject to this Pareto Principle as well. For example, this rule says that 20% of your activities will account for 80% of your results. 20% of your customers will account for 80% of your sales…. Read more

It’s A Wonderful World

This is a wonderful world that we live in! This is a wonderful world that we live in! With more than one billion people living on less than one dollar per day, and problems of incredible magnitude affecting billions more all over the world, we here in America are preoccupied with whether or not OJ Simpson legally or illegally entered a hotel room in Las Vegas to get back some of his twenty year old sports memorabilia. Meanwhile, the newspapers are preoccupied with the sub-prime mortgage problems and predicting a potential US economic meltdown. What they don’t tell you is that there are approximately fifteen trillion dollars worth of mortgages outstanding in the US today. Of this amount, a maximum… Read more

Three Easy Ways to Maximum Motivation

Appreciate People for Everything They Do There are three keys to getting the best out of others, and the first of these is appreciation. Every time you thank another person, you cause that person to like themselves better. You raise their self-esteem and improve their self-image. You cause them to feel more important. You make them feel that what they did was valuable and worthwhile. You empower them. Build Your Own Self-Esteem And the wonderful thing about thanking other people is that, every time you say the words “thank you,” you like yourself better as well. You feel better inside. You feel happier and more content with yourself and life. You feel more fully integrated and positive about what you… Read more

Catastrophe Exaggerated

There is no evidence whatsoever, anywhere, in any scientific study, that carbon dioxide emissions are harmful to the globe, or to any living creature. During this summer, I have done a good deal of reading on the subject of “climate change” and “global warming.” Since these subjects are extremely controversial today, I wanted to fully understand the truth about the subjects. What I have found is very different from what you read in the popular press. When I was in Phoenix in July, the temperature reached 115 degrees in the daytime. There was then a story in the paper saying that “This is the hottest that it has been in Phoenix since 1990.” The often-repeated fallacy that 2007 has been… Read more

Growing Inequality?

“The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer.” As we enter into the political “silly season” the claims and counter claims of the candidates vying for the presidency are becoming louder and more questionable with each new headline. One of the most popular whipping boys for America, continually broadcast by the “blame America first” crowd, is that there is growing inequality in America because “The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer.” Nobel Prize-winning economist Gary Becker has studied this claim in depth. In a recent article he demonstrates that the “inequality gap” is really a “skills gap.” In a free society like ours, everyone earns their income by serving other people in some… Read more

Summertime and the pace is hectic.

As adults, we keep trying to go back to those lazy days of summer. When we were children, we looked forward to the summer because we had two full months of vacation. We played with our friends, went swimming, and hung out with no responsibilities and little to do. As adults, we keep trying to go back to those lazy days of summer. As we approach the end of June, most people slow down and begin working at half speed. Unfortunately, they were probably working at half speed before the end of June so it is even worse for them. This has been a busy summer for me. At the end of May, I was in the Gulf, speaking in… Read more

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