Editor’s note: My dear friend and exemplar, Rich Clark, sent me this after reading last month’s blog about zero-sum people.
About forty times a year, at the end of Vistage (CEO peer group) sessions, I say, “don’t get caught in the dressing room rewriting the script of your life. This is not a dress rehearsal, the curtain is up and this, my friends, is THE show.”
Book of the Month by Mihir Desai
Editor’s note: Thanks to my son, Timmy, for this my favorite read of the year so far. I imagine that loving it depends on your perspective. My children and I consider ourselves wisdom-seeking writers who generally hold finance in disdain. And I know quite a few finance wizards who are not inclined to the arts. Desai, a long-time business and law professor at Harvard makes wonderful connections between the two disciplines – from as far back as Archimedes to as current as The Simpsons. I mean, who knew that the first examples of 529 college plans were romance savings accounts (for dowries) in 15th century Florence!
Song of the month: “Lay your head on me”, by Major Lazer featuring Marcus Mumford
Except in sports, it doesn’t seem to me that for one side to win, the other must lose. That’s the concept of zero sum, and I’ve learned to avoid people who practice it.