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A failure of imagination

The best opportunities come disguised as the hardest.

Aeons ago I fell in love with property that had spectacular view, a lake, and privacy. But that privacy came with a long driveway and a huge winter snowplowing bill, I thought. I was wrong.

Years ago a friend turned down a fantastic investment banking job, because he didn’t like the firm’s existing crooked client. He forgot that as the new boss, he could find other, honest clients and take the firm (and himself) to the skies. That’s what happened ultimately — but he wasn’t around to reap the joys.

There are financial advisers. There are lawyers. There are doctors. All sorts of people we can glean advice from. But there aren’t career advisers.

You need many of them. You need to think of them as your Personal Board. They manage your career, not a corporation.

You need to find them, cultivate them and stick with them for years.

You need ones with hugely different skills.

Don’t agonize about imposing on them. Most people are flattered if you listen to their advice, and take it. Or explain in great detail why you didn’t.

That’s it.

Falls Can Kill You. Here’s How to Minimize the Risk.

Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries among older adults. Every 19 minutes in the U.S.,  an older person dies from a fall.

Jane Brody wrote the piece. She is the New York Times’ Personal Health columnist.She is 77.

For her full piece, click here.

How Jeff Bezos Went to Hollywood and Lost Control

Jeff Bezos amassed the world’s greatest fortune by relying on what he has called a “regret minimization framework.” He built an $800 billion company with 14 codified principles and a brutally exacting culture. His annual salary of $81,840 has not budged since 1998.

But then Mr. Bezos went to Hollywood.

Read this fascinating story here. 


I’m in London, enjoying this wonderful (and presently, very prosperous) city.

These are classified ads, which were actually placed in U.K. Newspapers:

8 years old. Hateful little bastard. Bites!

1/2 Cocker Spaniel, 1/2 sneaky neighbour’s dog.

Mother is a Kennel Club registered German Shepherd.
Father is a Super Dog, able to leap tall fences in a single bound .

Also 1 homosexual bull for sale.

Worn once by mistake. Call Stephanie

Harry Newton, who’s discovered he can spend $755 a night for a room with afternoon tea at The Ritz…

… or he can spend less than half that and rent a glorious apartment on Airbnb or VRBO.