Sunday Music: Misty Mountain Hop

The first time I read Tolkein was in middle school. Maybe The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings were a bit much for a 6th/7th grader, but I was hooked. Hard. It didn’t hurt to have the Led Zeppelin connection either - obviously, this wasn’t just for nerds.  The second time I read the … Continue reading Sunday Music: Misty Mountain Hop

Podcast Of The Week: Alex Morgan – Still Winning

If you haven’t been following the Men in Blazers spinoff, “The Women’s Game,” it’s an excellent podcast about… the women’s game (aka, women’s soccer).  American god Alex Morgan gives one of the best interviews yet. If you don’t follow the sport, she’s been at the top since 2011, and continues to be - at the … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Alex Morgan – Still Winning

Mark Cuban Says Don’t Follow Your Passion, Follow This Instead

Mark Cuban told Adam Grant he doesn’t believe in “following your passion.”  His beef with “passion” is he thinks people should follow their effort instead.  There’s a difference between the thing you care about and the thing you care to do.  I’m a longstanding fan of the Seth Godin idea about how a hobby is … Continue reading Mark Cuban Says Don’t Follow Your Passion, Follow This Instead

Podcast Of The Week: Impassioned Founders (New Favorite Podcast!)

I had seen David Senra referenced/retweeted/etc. a few times, but I didn’t think I needed another podcast about business founders.  Boy was I wrong.  Senra was on the Invest Like The Best podcast with Patrick O’Shaughnessy and let’s just say if you don't know him - start here.  All he does is read bios, make … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Impassioned Founders (New Favorite Podcast!)

What Leaders Do (And Managers Don’t) In Unstable Times

A little wisdom from Seth Godin on how to lead during tough times (you know, like during global pandemics, hot wars, cold wars, and recessions for example): In unstable times, growth comes from leaders who create change and engage their organizations, instead of from managers who push their employees to do more for less.  Let’s … Continue reading What Leaders Do (And Managers Don’t) In Unstable Times

Steinbeck On The Way It Always Is

During the dry years, the people forgot about the rich years, and when the wet years returned, they lost all memory of the dry years. It was always that way.” John Steinbeck, “East of Eden” Life moves in cycles. That’s why it’s helpful to remember where you were, and where you might be headed next. … Continue reading Steinbeck On The Way It Always Is

Don’t Hope, It’s For People Who Aren’t Prepared

“Don’t Hope. Hope is for people that aren’t prepared.” - Coach John Wooden One of my favorite quips in all of finance has to be, “Hope is not a strategy.” This Wooden quote fits in with it nicely.   It will suck. It will be hard. There will be opportunities.  So be prepared.  And that means … Continue reading Don’t Hope, It’s For People Who Aren’t Prepared