Category: Mental Models (Success Tools)

How Badly Do You Want It?

Not everything is worth doing well because, well, not everything is worth doing. I read something a while back, I can’t remember where: Two useful questions to ask yourself to discover which activities are actually worth doing. Test #1: How Badly Do You Want It? Dabbling Interested Intrigued, but uncertain Passionate Totally Committed  Test #2: Why […]

Friday October 27th, 2017 in Mental Models (Success Tools) | No Comments »

Does YOUR Thinking Lead to Action?

The whole point of thinking is, eventually, acting. Smart acting. In his Kindle Single  A Spy’s Guide To Thinking, former CIA case officer John Braddock explained a time-vetted and very powerful four-step thinking process. Some folks know this as OODA; he calls it DADA. Call it what you want; it still works. What is the OODA Loop? […]

Wednesday October 11th, 2017 in Book Reviews, Mental Models (Success Tools) | No Comments »

Book Review: “Get a Job, Build a Real Career and Defy a Bewildering Economy”

Charles Hugh Smith is an economist and blogger who writes primarily on his Of Two Minds blog. He published his book “Get a Job, Build a Real Career and Defy a Bewildering Economy” this year to help job-seekers navigate career planning in the newly emerging economy. Today’s Emerging Economy Charles Hugh Smith paints a picture […]

Saturday November 21st, 2015 in Book Reviews, Mental Models (Success Tools) | No Comments »

Life is a Series of Inspired Follies

Here are the three best quotes I read today on the narrow-minded topic of “life”: Samuel Butler: “Life is playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.” The typical course is to hide from the embarrassment of “going public” with your life. But embracing the visibility, which includes your […]

Thursday April 25th, 2013 in Mental Models (Success Tools) | No Comments »

Christian Hedonism?

Here’s a novel concept: a Christian who is happy. Christian Hedonism Synopsis The longing to be happy is a universal human experience, and it is good, not evil. We shouldn’t deny or resist our desire to be happy, as if the impulse were evil. On the contrary, we should intensify this longing with whatever will […]

What Should Women Read?

The philosopher David Hume lamented the fact that so many women only read books that keep them in the dark — keep the truth of the world hidden away from them. The books he wanted them to read were far more “instructive than their ordinary books of amusement, and more entertaining than those serious compositions, […]

Saturday January 5th, 2013 in Mental Models (Success Tools) | No Comments »

Ecstasy, Always

“A man would not be the less useful in this world, if his devotion was to to keep him all his lifetime in an ecstasy.” – Johnathon Edwards, Early American Theologian  

Saturday December 15th, 2012 in Mental Models (Success Tools) | No Comments »

The Delightful Unconsciousness of Reading a Book

I sit down to read a book in many different settings: on my bed, on the floor, outdoors, in a car, occasionally in a proper chair. Part of the draw to reading is beyond the mere content — it allows us to transcend our present moment, make something of it, give us some vague hope. […]

Wednesday December 5th, 2012 in Mental Models (Success Tools) | No Comments »

How to Live a Significant Life: Take Initiative

Has work become less interesting and significant? Are we further removed from the purpose of our work than before? “As the business of earning a living has become easier and simpler, it has also become less interesting and significant; and all personal problems have become more perplexing. This fact, plus the fact of the disappearance […]

Can Smart People Be Good?

John Erskine says it is not only possible for smart people to be good — it is wrong to be stupid. He made his case in his 1915 work The Moral Obligation To Be Intelligent. Is Intelligence Wrong? Erskine starts by showing that many Great Thinkers have ascribed evil to intelligence. “In Shakspeare the prizes […]

Wednesday November 7th, 2012 in Mental Models (Success Tools) | No Comments »