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How to Love America by David Brooks

Mar 29, 2021 9:49:19 PM / by Tim McCarthy posted in Articles of Interest

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Like you, I’m sure, I love America, but the love has changed. I started out with the child version: America is the greatest and most powerful country on earth.

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A powerful money lesson from Bill Gates: Why you should save like a pessimist, but invest like an optimist

Feb 27, 2021 5:31:33 AM / by Tim McCarthy posted in Articles of Interest

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Editor’s Note:  Thanks to Amy Salo, who pointed me to this article on her blog.

Without a doubt, Bill Gates is a genius. The Microsoft co-founder dropped out of college at age 19 because he believed a computer should be on every desk and in every home.

You only put a lot of money and time into something when when you have relentless confidence in your abilities.

But there was another side of Gates — quite the opposite of his unshakable confidence. From the day he started Microsoft, he insisted on always having enough cash in the bank to keep the company alive for 12 months with no revenue coming in.

As a result, Gates erred on the side of caution.

“I always had to be careful that we wouldn’t hire too many people,” he said in a 2017 interview on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” “I was always worried because people who worked for me were older than me and had kids, and I always thought, ‘What if we don’t get paid? Will I be able to meet the payroll?’”

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How to Get the Help You Need by Heidi Grant

Jan 31, 2021 8:30:27 PM / by Tim McCarthy posted in Articles of Interest

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Summary.    We’re often reluctant to ask for help because of the social threats involved—uncertainty, risk of rejection, potential for diminished status, relinquishment of authority. But without support from others, it’s virtually impossible to advance in your career. And studies show that most people are...
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Amplify possibility by Seth Godin

Dec 31, 2020 10:42:37 AM / by Tim McCarthy posted in Articles of Interest

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Original Article Here

Exerpt: "Many of us have an overwhelming need to rubberneck, to slow down when we pass a crash on the highway. This is odd, as most people don’t go out of their way to visit the morgue, just for kicks. And yet… I hope we’d agree that if people started staging car crashes on the side of the road to get attention, we’d be outraged."

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Nine Nonobvious Ways to Have Deeper Conversations

Nov 29, 2020 11:07:40 AM / by Tim McCarthy posted in Articles of Interest

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Editor’s note: Brooks is a favorite of mine, conservative but open and reasonable. His books and articles have been featured here before. I’m currently reading “Second Mountain” and will let you know if that’s as good as I expect it to be. In this article, Brooks seems to be telling me one-on-one about my listening flaws. I hope you enjoy it.

Favorite excerpt: Don’t fear the pause. Most of us stop listening to a comment about halfway through so we can be ready with a response. In Japan, Murphy writes, businesspeople are more likely to hear the whole comment and then pause, sometimes eight seconds, before responding, which is twice as long a silence as American businesspeople conventionally tolerate.

 

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On Generosity by Walter Brueggemann

Oct 31, 2020 12:32:24 PM / by Tim McCarthy posted in Articles of Interest

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Editor’s note: My dear friend and exemplar, Rich Clark, sent me this after reading last month’s blog about zero-sum people.

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Kathleen Williams

Sep 29, 2020 11:33:18 AM / by Tim McCarthy posted in Articles of Interest

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Living in Surplus by Seth Godin

Aug 30, 2020 9:57:04 PM / by Tim McCarthy posted in Articles of Interest

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Editor’s note: My life has essentially been a (still) unending struggle to move from deficit to surplus thinking.  I’m making progress. 

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America’s Untouchables: The silent power of the caste system

Jul 28, 2020 11:15:33 PM / by Tim McCarthy posted in Articles of Interest

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Editor’s note: Among the best books I’ve ever read was Wilkerson’s “Warmth of Other Suns” a non-fiction account of the south to north and west migration of black Americans.  When I saw she wrote a new one, I gladly pre-ordered it.  This article allows an early peek into the book and makes me only more eager to receive it.  My own life often feels like the struggle of one who is both a beneficiary and a fighter of the system. 

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Leading Foundations Pledge to Give More, Hoping to Upend Philanthropy

Jun 30, 2020 10:04:47 PM / by Tim McCarthy posted in Articles of Interest

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Editor's Note: Not sure I agree with this, but it's an interesting read.

Original Article: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/10/business/ford-foundation-bonds-coronavirus.html

Credit...Andrew Seng for The New York Times

The week after the U.S. economy shut down in March, Darren Walker, the president of the Ford Foundation, fielded a stream of phone calls from the heads of dozens of organizations that Ford supports. Many were panicked. One was in tears.
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