The more I go through life, the more convinced I am of how so much of what we do and who we are are a compilation of our habits. Of course, habits can be beneficial or harmful. It goes without saying that we should strive to build up and sustain the good ones and avoid or eliminate the counterproductive ones.
I subscribe to Kindle Unlimited. This allows me to access any book in Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited library provided that I don’t have more than 10 checked out at any one time. I honestly don’t know if it pays for itself because a lot of the books that I end up reading are quite inexpensive but what it does do is introduce me to books I would probably not have been aware of and results in me reading some I would never have considered purchasing.
With July 4th having just passed I thought it would be inspiring to talk about inspiration. The United States is unique because it is a nation founded on inspired ideals versus population characteristics and geography. These ideals are centered around life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as well as the notion that all men are created equal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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