Monthly Archives: August 2012

So you’re good at meeting people. How do you choose whom to meet?

on August 31, 2012 in Blog, Entrepreneurship

A reader asked about how to meet people once you’re good at it. I’ll start with a current example for me. Actually, first I’ll note different categories of meeting people since I meet people in different situations in different ways. Today I’ll look at an entrepreneurial business situation. Another time I’ll look at regular business situations or social situations. An entrepreneurial business situation means I’m trying to do something big[…] Keep reading →

A fundamental contradiction for many women in dating

on August 30, 2012 in Awareness, Blog

I’ll tell you a fundamental contradiction in nearly all women seeking men. Though glaringly obvious, most women (and men) I mention it to have never noticed it before. Point 1: Women don’t want to be evaluated only on appearance I don’t think I’ve ever met a woman who wants to be evaluated only on her appearance. Every one I’ve talked to wants people to know her personality, history, dreams, etc.[…] Keep reading →

I flipped burgers at the Burger King on the Champs-Elysees in Paris

on August 29, 2012 in Blog

Writing about growing up in a bad part of town reminded me of a summer experience. I had the opportunity for a summer in Paris after my first year in college. I couldn’t afford to stay without some income, but didn’t speak enough French to do much. I searched as long as I could until my money was about to run out — probably about a week — then took[…] Keep reading →

You can plan good times. The best times just happen.

on August 28, 2012 in Blog, Leadership, Tips

I think the title of this one says it all. A lesson in leadership — not necessarily business leadership, but leading in social occasions: You can plan good times. The best times just happen. I think these words a lot, but especially during the Manila trip that ended up going to Boracay. Looking back I see I specifically didn’t plan any details of what to do in Manila before arriving.[…] Keep reading →

Motivation, energy to act, and expectation of success

on August 27, 2012 in Awareness, Blog, Tips

Do you suffer from low motivation, not knowing your passions, laziness, and other forms of just not feeling like putting the effort in? Do you want to have more motivation and passion? Most people tell me they’re lazy about a lot of things and don’t know their passions. Luckily, you can change that. Personally I don’t like being that way or hanging around with people like that. I connect with[…] Keep reading →

Growing up in a bad part of town

on August 26, 2012 in Blog

I was watching Chris Rock on Inside the Actors Studio (downloaded while in the Philippines, outside China’s retarded firewall that blocks YouTube). He talked about how growing up in dangerous neighborhoods in Brooklyn helped form him. Personally, I highly value the self-made-ness of  a self-made man or woman. I think most people do, especially compared to someone born with a silver spoon in their mouth. His description of his childhood[…] Keep reading →

More on power, leadership, lawlessness, justice, and amnesty

on August 25, 2012 in Blog, Leadership

The New Yorker published a piece, “The Fairness Trap,” echoing the issues I wrote on yesterday in the context of the U.S. foreclosure and Greek economic crises. In both cases, people’s desire to punish people conflicted with clearly better economic solutions, according to the author. He talks about fairness, basically the same concept as justice — reacting to emotions like outrage, indignation, and self-righteousness over agreeing on criteria to evaluate[…] Keep reading →