Social Observations

Can you spot the perfect businesses? What business enjoys recurring/passive income, no competition and a market that extends to 100% of the population? What business is self-perpetuating with no threat of failure as it enforces collection of receipts via the force of law? What business can endlessly borrow and print money?  And because there is no […]

Young Russians: Socialists or Capitalists? This is not a political blog. It’s a “systems mindset” blog. In my December 1st post,  Socialism & Capitalism: The Systems Mindset Dissection, my primary message is not about which system is best (although, as an aside, one certainly is more efficient than the other). I use real-life topics like this to illustrate […]

In the three maps above: Note the congruency between economic freedom and personal wealth. Let’s find the connection. I post this on December 1, 2009: Exactly 25 years ago today I went into business for myself. This analysis is a thank you to an economic system that works. This is a two week post because it’s long and covers a lot of […]

Before reading this post, take a moment to review some Work the System tenets: Per Ockham’s Law, the simplest explanation is usually the correct explanation The world is not a confused mass of sights, sounds and events. It’s a collection of systems. A system has a single primary purpose

Just now I read a post in a popular blog entitled “A Beautiful Method of Finding Peace of Mind.” There was the obligatory photo of the obligatory angelic young girl in the obligatory prayer pose, and the piece carried the weight of being penned by a well known new-agey life-Guru. The post suggested this mind-tweak: Go through life deliberately seeing […]

It was 40 years ago today.  Each August 15th in  ’79, ’89, ’99 and now ’09 has generated a distinctly different perspective on my life and on what happened back there. There have always been good memories: The mid-August sun and the hoard of good natured people, the music, and that we all knew we were in the […]

A single word can be co-opted by a politician. Today, it’s Barack Obama’s use of the word “extraordinary,” as he refers to certain preferred individuals and groups. In 1979, it was Jimmy Carter’s “malaise,” as he used the word to describe his view of the general comportment of the American people. Jimmy’s usage rendered the […]

“There are three enormous tasks that strategic leaders have to get right” Patraeus said one night in Baghdad. “The first is to get the big ideas right. The second is to communicate the big ideas throughout the organization. The third is to ensure proper execution of the big ideas.” -From the book The Gamble by […]