Monthly Archives: October 2015

Are U.S. universities today like U.S. automakers in the 70s and 80s?

on October 24, 2015 in Education, Entrepreneurship, Leadership

The more I work in American universities, the more I see their decision-making and leadership behind the scenes. The more I learn about student-focused project-based learning connecting students’ lives to what the schools are trying to teach and move away from more abstract academic approaches, the more I see alternatives to the education I got that I think serve students’ and society’s interests more. I care about students in schools[…] Keep reading →

A problem I don’t see how to solve. Can you help me?

on October 23, 2015 in Awareness, Relationships

Do you ever get into an argument where you feel like you’re right and they’re wrong and you know that they feel they’re right and you’re wrong? We all do. It happens when you and the other person apply different values. You can both consider yourselves right and the other wrong. Sometimes I call the situation “The Worst Problem In The World™” because of how much the problem can grow[…] Keep reading →

Do you trap yourself in mental jails?

on October 22, 2015 in Awareness, Choosing/Decision-Making, Creativity, Entrepreneurship, Freedom, Models, Perception, Stories

“Nice guys finish last.” Alone, this thought has probably condemned many men and women to abandon being nice. Accurate or not, combined with another belief, that the alternative to being nice is to be a jerk, further condemns people to being jerks. Jerks—people with one type of poor relationship skills—even when materially successful, seem likely to face emptiness in intimacy, what many consider the most important parts of their lives.[…] Keep reading →

The laggard manifesto

on October 21, 2015 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Entrepreneurship

I adopt new technologies slowly, often not at all before the trend passes. If you’ve ever thrown away something you felt you needed when you bought it and now can’t give away, I believe you’ll find doing so helps you enjoy life more. If you know that the middle of the Pacific, thousands of miles from land, has garbage polluting it, I suggest you consider slowing your adoption too. I’m not[…] Keep reading →

I bought two books

on October 20, 2015 in Exercises, Freedom, Stories, Tips

I hope long time readers are asking, “What?!” Five years ago, in my fifth post on this blog, I wrote “Less, please,” which founded one of my most fundamental practices, one I recommend to everyone. That post described reducing my wall of books to about ten, learning about my values and discovering freedom where I used to feel weighed down. I’ve since gotten rid of more books and more other[…] Keep reading →

Following up a reader’s comment on food, eating, and exercise

on October 19, 2015 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Fitness, Habits, Tips

The reader I responded to Saturday also wrote the following: in the meanwhile i am writing to a medical doctor who is also a fitness expert so that i can meet her and set up a program that looks at both nutrition and exercise She’s doing what a lot of people do, especially well-educated businesspeople who have developed habits to analyze things before acting. I do so too on many[…] Keep reading →

Non-judgmental Ethics Sunday: How Do I Handle a Claim of Sexual Assault by a Close Friend?

on October 18, 2015 in Ethicist, Nonjudgment, Relationships

Continuing my series of alternative responses to the New York Times column, The Ethicists, looking at the consequences of one’s actions instead of imposing values on others, here is my take on today’s post, “How Do I Handle a Claim of Sexual Assault by a Close Friend?” Several months ago, a female friend told me that, six months earlier, a close male friend of mine sexually assaulted a female friend[…] Keep reading →