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Living Versus Existing

Living versus Existing

Over the past year or so I have watched a number of video lectures from Rabbi Manis Friedman on YouTube. His clarity and insights have been very helpful for me in many different aspects of my life. Given that it was just Thanksgiving and it is a time to reflect on gratitude and giving I thought I would share one of his insights and how it has impacted my life and philanthropic endeavors. 

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Indispensability and Lessons from Liam Neeson

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And all the roads we have to walk are winding

And all the lights that lead us there are blinding

-Oasis “Wonderwall”

I am periodically asked to give career advice and it is something that honestly I’m not so comfortable doing.

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Living Up To The High Expectations of Dragon Parents

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Michael Gershon was President George W. Bush’s speechwriter for the first 6.5 years of his administration. One of the most famous lines he wrote was “the soft bigotry of low expectations.” Some people thought that it was a bit harsh in that President Bush was saying that in some ways we’re putting more emphasis on compensating disadvantaged minorities by focusing on what obstacles they are up against rather than raising them up with higher expectations.

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How to Find the Road to Concentration


“A lot of other people are trying to be brilliant and we are just trying to stay rational. And it’s a big advantage.”

~ Charlie Munger

The Roadmap to Concentration

Continuing with some important takeaways from Erich Fromm’s The Art of Loving,

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Cultivating the Art Form of Loving

I recently completed a wonderful, classic book called The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm. It has great applicability to all relationships, not just your primary one with your spouse or significant other. I found there was also a lot to apply in terms of helping us at CWS to build upon our tremendous focus on communicating with and serving our investors.

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Anger - A Great Source of Insight


As investors (and human beings) it’s almost always best to keep our cool and not let others or ourselves get the best of us. When we lose our center and become consumed by emotion set off by powerful triggers, mistakes happen and we often come to regret our actions and the consequences they unleash.

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Lessons in Leadership and Civility from Lincoln


I was flipping through the television channels last week and I came across Ken Burns’s last episode of his Civil War documentary. It is such a highly regarded series and one in which I hope to see from beginning to end some day. I have always been fascinated by the Civil War and,

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Power to the People? The Role of Insecure Growth


One of the driving forces in the economy and society that has made us bullish on apartments is what I like to call “Insecure Growth.” It’s a situation in which the economy continues to grow, albeit slowly, jobs are materializing, and households continue to be formed and yet there is an underlying insecurity and anxiety about job security and how long one might be in a particular location.

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A Stunning Cubs Victory and A Depressing Election

Chicago Cubs vs. ElectionIt is estimated that over 40 million people watched the riveting game seven of the World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians. Having grown up in Chicago and being a former peanut vendor at Wrigley Field and Comiskey Park (where the White Sox used to play) I was emotionally invested in the Cubs.

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The Banana Story – Learning from a Simple Example

You are probably wondering why the author, business executive, investor Gary Carmell, author of The Philosophical Investor Transforming Wisdom into Wealth is holding a banana!

A lot can be learned from a simple example.

[Video Transcribed]

My book focuses significantly on the powerful intersection between intelligent investing and intelligent living and the importance of having a way of viewing the world that is quite independent and quite authentic.

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