Sunday, 31 July 2011

Using reason to contest overblown concerns (Part 7 of 8)


We worry about risks that have been exaggerated by marketeers trying to promote their products or services.

Those who sell pension plans frequently paint grim pictures of retired people living in poverty and rightly so. There is no reason why salesmen should refrain from offering their insurance policies, but it is up to us to appraise risks according to their true gravity.

The next time that you hesitate between taking action or staying put, do not make a decision until you have assessed all facts.

Make an effort to discard emotions that might be polluting your perception. Quantify the positive and negative aspects; weigh off the severity of risks with the likelihood of their occurrence.

To be continued in the next post.

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Using reason to contest overblown concerns
(Part 7 of 8)


We worry about risks that have been exaggerated by marketeers trying to promote their products or services.

Those who sell pension plans frequently paint grim pictures of retired people living in poverty and rightly so. There is no reason why salesmen should refrain from offering their insurance policies, but it is up to us to appraise risks according to their true gravity.

The next time that you hesitate between taking action or staying put, do not make a decision until you have assessed all facts.

Make an effort to discard emotions that might be polluting your perception. Quantify the positive and negative aspects; weigh off the severity of risks with the likelihood of their occurrence.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Saturday, 30 July 2011

Using reason to contest overblown concerns (Part 6 of 8)


4. RISK PERCEPTION CHANGES THROUGH MARKETING. Many things we fear arise from stories written by marketeers. Why do California residents protect themselves more often against earthquakes than against divorce?

Because salesmen market earthquake insurance very effectively, while at the same time, few couples are aware that a pre-nuptial agreement can protect them against a devastating divorce.

Taking the time to assess risks objectively is essential for making good decisions. If you are considering a challenging professional move, forget about irrational fears and ask yourself the right questions:
  • If your new job proves to be a disappointment, what is the actual likelihood of your becoming unemployed?
  • Even if you lost your new position, how long would it reasonably take you to regain employment?
To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Using reason to contest overblown concerns
(Part 6 of 8)


4. RISK PERCEPTION CHANGES THROUGH MARKETING. Many things we fear arise from stories written by marketeers. Why do California residents protect themselves more often against earthquakes than against divorce?

Because salesmen market earthquake insurance very effectively, while at the same time, few couples are aware that a pre-nuptial agreement can protect them against a devastating divorce.

Taking the time to assess risks objectively is essential for making good decisions. If you are considering a challenging professional move, forget about irrational fears and ask yourself the right questions:
  • If your new job proves to be a disappointment, what is the actual likelihood of your becoming unemployed?
  • Even if you lost your new position, how long would it reasonably take you to regain employment?
To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Friday, 29 July 2011

Using reason to contest overblown concerns (Part 5 of 8)


2. OBJECTIVITY VERSUS CULTURAL BIAS. The perception of risk is heavily influenced by cultural stereotypes. Saving rates differ from country to country according to how citizens see their future; the willingness to change jobs and move to a distant city is higher in the US than in Europe; the proportion of the population that invests in the stock market also varies from country to country.

3. EMOTIONAL VERSUS MATERIAL DAMAGE. Potential dangers need to be quantified in order to be properly assessed. If emotions take control, they will exaggerate the negative consequences of risk. On many occasions, the material damages that people actually suffer are minor compared to the accompanying psychological discomfort.

To be continued in the next post.

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Using reason to contest overblown concerns
(Part 5 of 8)


2. OBJECTIVITY VERSUS CULTURAL BIAS. The perception of risk is heavily influenced by cultural stereotypes. Saving rates differ from country to country according to how citizens see their future; the willingness to change jobs and move to a distant city is higher in the US than in Europe; the proportion of the population that invests in the stock market also varies from country to country.

3. EMOTIONAL VERSUS MATERIAL DAMAGE. Potential dangers need to be quantified in order to be properly assessed. If emotions take control, they will exaggerate the negative consequences of risk. On many occasions, the material damages that people actually suffer are minor compared to the accompanying psychological discomfort.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Using reason to contest overblown concerns (Part 4 of 8)


Reason is the most powerful tool for dismantling falsehoods. If we grow convinced that we stand a good chance of accomplishing our goals, we will become less worried and more adventurous.

Logic is our cardinal ally for contesting overblown concerns. The best way to face fear is to demonstrate its irrationality, namely:

1. INTENSITY VERSUS LIKELIHOOD. The intensity of a potential catastrophe is independent of the likelihood of its occurrence.

Salesmen promote insurance policies by painting vivid pictures of misfortune, but their sales presentations seldom mention the actual statistical probability of such misfortune taking place.

To be continued in the next post.

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Using reason to contest overblown concerns
(Part 4 of 8)


Reason is the most powerful tool for dismantling falsehoods. If we grow convinced that we stand a good chance of accomplishing our goals, we will become less worried and more adventurous.

Logic is our cardinal ally for contesting overblown concerns. The best way to face fear is to demonstrate its irrationality, namely:

1. INTENSITY VERSUS LIKELIHOOD. The intensity of a potential catastrophe is independent of the likelihood of its occurrence.

Salesmen promote insurance policies by painting vivid pictures of misfortune, but their sales presentations seldom mention the actual statistical probability of such misfortune taking place.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Using reason to contest overblown concerns (Part 3 of 8)


Books and lectures that recommend to take risks remain unconvincing to most people. Common sense weighs heavier than motivational speeches. Change is disruptive; we crave what we can gain less than we dread what we can lose.

Cheerful words and doubtful promises are not sufficient to assuage our concerns. Only realism can prompt us to overcome fear; only rationality can lead us to take entrepreneurial risks.

Thinking must take place before action if such action is to be productive; planning must take place before implementation if success is to be attained. Self-confidence needs to be built before it can be applied; skills must be acquired before they can be employed.

How can we overcome exaggerated fears and take well-calculated steps? In which way can we increase our chances of success?

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Using reason to contest overblown concerns
(Part 3 of 8)


Books and lectures that recommend to take risks remain unconvincing to most people. Common sense weighs heavier than motivational speeches. Change is disruptive; we crave what we can gain less than we dread what we can lose.

Cheerful words and doubtful promises are not sufficient to assuage our concerns. Only realism can prompt us to overcome fear; only rationality can lead us to take entrepreneurial risks.

Thinking must take place before action if such action is to be productive; planning must take place before implementation if success is to be attained. Self-confidence needs to be built before it can be applied; skills must be acquired before they can be employed.

How can we overcome exaggerated fears and take well-calculated steps? In which way can we increase our chances of success?

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Monday, 25 July 2011

Using reason to contest overblown concerns (Part 2 of 8)


Worry and anxiety are powerful inhibitors of achievement.

Fear can make us discard viable initiatives; apprehension may consume our energies and prevent us from moving forward; concern can block reasonable attempts to improve our situation.

We stay behind because our minds blow risks out of proportion.

We give up too soon because we underestimate our capacity to adopt preventive measures; we walk downtrodden paths for fear of lions that we have never seen; we stick to unproductive routines to avoid the discomfort associated with change.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Using reason to contest overblown concerns
(Part 2 of 8)


Worry and anxiety are powerful inhibitors of achievement.

Fear can make us discard viable initiatives; apprehension may consume our energies and prevent us from moving forward; concern can block reasonable attempts to improve our situation.

We stay behind because our minds blow risks out of proportion.

We give up too soon because we underestimate our capacity to adopt preventive measures; we walk downtrodden paths for fear of lions that we have never seen; we stick to unproductive routines to avoid the discomfort associated with change.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Using reason to contest overblown concerns (Part 1 of 8)


Imagine for a moment that you would able to go after your goals without having to fear criticism from friends and family.

Would you devote more efforts to pursuing your ambitions if you did not have to worry about ridicule in case of failure? How far would you invest yourself if you never had to deal with discouragement and doubts?

There are good reasons why we fear failure more than we crave success.


If we formulate the proposition in purely material terms, the discomfort suffered from not having any car is far superior than the advantages derived from having two cars.

S
imilarly, the terror of losing all our savings in a stock market crash is stronger than the perspective of doubling our assets if stock prices rise.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Using reason to contest overblown concerns
(Part 1 of 8)


Imagine for a moment that you would able to go after your goals without having to fear criticism from friends and family.

Would you devote more efforts to pursuing your ambitions if you did not have to worry about ridicule in case of failure? How far would you invest yourself if you never had to deal with discouragement and doubts?

There are good reasons why we fear failure more than we crave success.


If we formulate the proposition in purely material terms, the discomfort suffered from not having any car is far superior than the advantages derived from having two cars.

S
imilarly, the terror of losing all our savings in a stock market crash is stronger than the perspective of doubling our assets if stock prices rise.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Sunday, 24 July 2011

Ideas that work and ideas that don't (Part 9 of 9)


You have to let go of prejudices that prevent you from developing your potential; you have to discard traditions that are not in line with current opportunities.

We live in an era of abundant resources and unlimited possibilities. By throwing away ideas that do not work, we open the door to realistic plans, workable solutions, and satisfactory results.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Ideas that work and ideas that don't (Part 9 of 9)


You have to let go of prejudices that prevent you from developing your potential; you have to discard traditions that are not in line with current opportunities.

We live in an era of abundant resources and unlimited possibilities. By throwing away ideas that do not work, we open the door to realistic plans, workable solutions, and satisfactory results.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Saturday, 23 July 2011

Ideas that work and ideas that don't (Part 8 of 9)


[5] The idea that, if you have not already attained success, you'd better give up because you have no chance:

Despite the fact that extraordinary achievements are reported daily by newspapers, few people possess the strength of character to encourage friends and neighbours to pursue challenging goals.

Psychologically, watching the outstanding performance of athletes on television is less menacing that seeing a friend start up a business; praising the latest film of our favourite actor feels less threatening than supporting our spouse's dream to become a novelist.

We do not mind being surpassed by those we have never met, but we dread the idea that someone close to us might grow faster than ourselves.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Thursday, 21 July 2011

Ideas that work and ideas that don't (Part 7 of 9)


[4] The idea that you are too young, too old, or inadequate to ameliorate your situation:

Such restrictions never hold true overall, although they might apply to specific goals in certain environments; for instance, learning to play the piano at an advanced age can be a lot of fun, but it makes difficult to pursue a career as a pop artist.

Restrictions can often be lifted or circumvented by changing the context; goals can be slightly modified in order to seek better market opportunities.

Personal limitations can inspire us to figure out more effective approaches to make or sell products; careers can be redefined; professions can be combined in order to serve clients in surprising ways.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Ideas that work and ideas that don't (Part 7 of 9)


[4] The idea that you are too young, too old, or inadequate to ameliorate your situation:

Such restrictions never hold true overall, although they might apply to specific goals in certain environments; for instance, learning to play the piano at an advanced age can be a lot of fun, but it makes difficult to pursue a career as a pop artist.

Restrictions can often be lifted or circumvented by changing the context; goals can be slightly modified in order to seek better market opportunities.

Personal limitations can inspire us to figure out more effective approaches to make or sell products; careers can be redefined; professions can be combined in order to serve clients in surprising ways.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Ideas that work and ideas that don't (Part 6 of 9)


[3] The idea that resources are limited and that you have to content yourself with whatever you currently possess: physical resources are indeed limited, but this fact should not prevent you from establishing ambitious goals for yourself. Money and other assets can be borrowed if you demonstrate that you can use them productively.

The global economy is a scenario where resources are continuously shifted from low to high productivity areas.

Purpose and initiative play a crucial role in exploiting assets to the maximum; men with visionary business models discover new applications for old technologies and additional customers for existing products. Even if material resources are limited, the only constrain to economic growth is human creativity.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Ideas that work and ideas that don't (Part 6 of 9)


[3] The idea that resources are limited and that you have to content yourself with whatever you currently possess: physical resources are indeed limited, but this fact should not prevent you from establishing ambitious goals for yourself. Money and other assets can be borrowed if you demonstrate that you can use them productively.

The global economy is a scenario where resources are continuously shifted from low to high productivity areas.

Purpose and initiative play a crucial role in exploiting assets to the maximum; men with visionary business models discover new applications for old technologies and additional customers for existing products. Even if material resources are limited, the only constrain to economic growth is human creativity.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Ideas that work and ideas that don't (Part 5 of 9)


[2] The idea that you need the approval of dozens of people before you can improve your life: gregariousness is an essential component of the human psychology; we all love to be appreciated by friends and colleagues; on many occasions, honours and distinctions are as important as monetary rewards.

Nevertheless, this is not the same as professing that individuals are incapable of affecting their destiny unless they have obtained social approval.

In industrialized societies, personal initiative plays a determinant role in individual happiness.

Innovation and change disrupt social structures; any person who deviates from the standard behaviour risks criticism and ostracism; innovators frequently find these psychological obstacles harder to overcome than lack of access to capital.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Ideas that work and ideas that don't (Part 5 of 9)


[2] The idea that you need the approval of dozens of people before you can improve your life: gregariousness is an essential component of the human psychology; we all love to be appreciated by friends and colleagues; on many occasions, honours and distinctions are as important as monetary rewards.

Nevertheless, this is not the same as professing that individuals are incapable of affecting their destiny unless they have obtained social approval.

In industrialized societies, personal initiative plays a determinant role in individual happiness.

Innovation and change disrupt social structures; any person who deviates from the standard behaviour risks criticism and ostracism; innovators frequently find these psychological obstacles harder to overcome than lack of access to capital.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Ideas that work and ideas that don't (Part 4 of 9)


[1] The idea that the purpose of life should be to serve other people: the problem with this belief is that it is partly true.

Interacting with other human beings and providing good service to them is highly rewarding. Men and women draw deep satisfaction from the gratitude of customers, patients, or clients.

On the other hand, helping strangers for the sake of achieving ethical perfection should not be taken to such an extreme that it destroys your life.

Cost-effective service to customers can only be sustained permanently when it is provided commercially, that is, on a profit-making basis. Service rendered on the basis of personal sacrifice can be viable in some circumstances, but faces major difficulties to remain operational in the long-term.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Ideas that work and ideas that don't (Part 4 of 9)


[1] The idea that the purpose of life should be to serve other people: the problem with this belief is that it is partly true.

Interacting with other human beings and providing good service to them is highly rewarding. Men and women draw deep satisfaction from the gratitude of customers, patients, or clients.

On the other hand, helping strangers for the sake of achieving ethical perfection should not be taken to such an extreme that it destroys your life.

Cost-effective service to customers can only be sustained permanently when it is provided commercially, that is, on a profit-making basis. Service rendered on the basis of personal sacrifice can be viable in some circumstances, but faces major difficulties to remain operational in the long-term.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Monday, 18 July 2011

Ideas that work and ideas that don't (Part 3 of 9)


The first step to improve your life is to throw away all ideas that do not work; you have to let go of unproven theories before you embrace feasible solutions; you cannot become efficient until you discard all excuses for rigidity and inertia.

In order to move forward, we must stop pushing backwards; in order to look at the horizon, we must lift our eyes from the ground. Let us review briefly five widespread convictions that are at odds with reality.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Saturday, 16 July 2011

Ideas that work and ideas that don't (Part 2 of 9)


Are your ideas helping you to improve your life? Are your beliefs promoting fear or prompting you to take effective action? Have you acquired a clear view of the world?

Can you see reality without the distortions of wishful thinking? Can you face life without envy and discouragement? Are your convictions hindering or supporting your motivation?

We can define ideas that work as those that allow us to identify problems, analyse their causes, and figure out workable solutions.

Worthless opinions are those that render us insensitive to danger, lead us to react irrationally to difficulties, and contaminate our emotions with anger or anxiety. Counter-productive views are those that sabotage our initiatives and waste our potential.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Ideas that work and ideas that don't (Part 2 of 9)


Are your ideas helping you to improve your life? Are your beliefs promoting fear or prompting you to take effective action? Have you acquired a clear view of the world?

Can you see reality without the distortions of wishful thinking? Can you face life without envy and discouragement? Are your convictions hindering or supporting your motivation?

We can define ideas that work as those that allow us to identify problems, analyse their causes, and figure out workable solutions.

Worthless opinions are those that render us insensitive to danger, lead us to react irrationally to difficulties, and contaminate our emotions with anger or anxiety. Counter-productive views are those that sabotage our initiatives and waste our potential.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Ideas that work and ideas that don't (Part 1 of 9)


Sooner or later, human beings come to realize that some ideas that they hold in high regard do not work. The most common reaction in those cases is denial. Few individuals like the uncertainty of change; even fewer are willing to admit mistakes and take openly the blame.

Ideas engage people and people move the world. Our convictions contribute to our effectiveness more than our material resources. If we hold the right ideas, we will progress; if we believe in falsehoods and inconsistencies, we will fail. There is no escape from this principle.

To be continued in the next post.

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Ideas that work and ideas that don't (Part 1 of 9)


Sooner or later, human beings come to realize that some ideas that they hold in high regard do not work. The most common reaction in those cases is denial. Few individuals like the uncertainty of change; even fewer are willing to admit mistakes and take openly the blame.

Ideas engage people and people move the world. Our convictions contribute to our effectiveness more than our material resources. If we hold the right ideas, we will progress; if we believe in falsehoods and inconsistencies, we will fail. There is no escape from this principle.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Friday, 15 July 2011

Opportunities can be found by looking in the right places (Part 5 of 5)


Every minute devoted to pursuing the impossible is gone forever without profit. The world is complicated enough as it is. Attempting to hit unattainable targets is pointless; it does not even make a good hobby.

Take the easy way to prosperity: stay away from barren fields and focus your efforts on fruitful land.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Opportunities can be found by looking in the right places (Part 5 of 5)


Every minute devoted to pursuing the impossible is gone forever without profit. The world is complicated enough as it is. Attempting to hit unattainable targets is pointless; it does not even make a good hobby.

Take the easy way to prosperity: stay away from barren fields and focus your efforts on fruitful land.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Thursday, 14 July 2011

Opportunities can be found by looking in the right places (Part 4 of 5)


Nobody should go to Siberia on holidays seeking warm weather. People who prefer to live in areas where cold temperatures reign most of the year usually have good reasons for doing so, such as cheap housing, low criminality, or specific job opportunities.

Location is not a philosophical issue. A man can choose to live wherever he likes best, but if you happen to love warm weather, Siberia shouldn't be amongst your favourite destinations.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Opportunities can be found by looking in the right places (Part 4 of 5)


Nobody should go to Siberia on holidays seeking warm weather. People who prefer to live in areas where cold temperatures reign most of the year usually have good reasons for doing so, such as cheap housing, low criminality, or specific job opportunities.

Location is not a philosophical issue. A man can choose to live wherever he likes best, but if you happen to love warm weather, Siberia shouldn't be amongst your favourite destinations.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Opportunities can be found by looking in the right places (Part 3 of 5)


Imagine that you are working at a factory located in a small town that does not offer other employment possibilities. What should you do if the factory shuts down?

You should not waste time hanging around waiting for a miracle. You should pack your things, get into your car, and drive to a place where companies are hiring.

Choose the easy way to prosperity and do not try to sell products where there are no buyers. Sometimes, you find large numbers of empty houses in a thinly inhabited area. This happened because real estate developers made a wrong calculation and wasted a fortune.

Putting up buildings on locations where few people are interested to buy or rent constitutes pure waste. The lesson to be drawn is clear. Focus your efforts on places where there are customers.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Opportunities can be found by looking in the right places (Part 3 of 5)


Imagine that you are working at a factory located in a small town that does not offer other employment possibilities. What should you do if the factory shuts down?

You should not waste time hanging around waiting for a miracle. You should pack your things, get into your car, and drive to a place where companies are hiring.

Choose the easy way to prosperity and do not try to sell products where there are no buyers. Sometimes, you find large numbers of empty houses in a thinly inhabited area. This happened because real estate developers made a wrong calculation and wasted a fortune.

Putting up buildings on locations where few people are interested to buy or rent constitutes pure waste. The lesson to be drawn is clear. Focus your efforts on places where there are customers.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Opportunities can be found by looking in the right places (Part 2 of 5)


Counter-productive behaviour arises from self-inflicted blindness. We sabotage our interests when we allow our desire for comfort to obscure the truth. If you want cheap oranges, go to Morocco, not to the airport deli.

If you wish to move towards prosperity, take action consistent with reason. This principle, if applied consistently, can bring major improvements to your life.

A wise man in search of a job does not go to the desert. If you do that, you might get lucky and find the only opening available, but chances are that you won't.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Opportunities can be found by looking in the right places (Part 2 of 5)


Counter-productive behaviour arises from self-inflicted blindness. We sabotage our interests when we allow our desire for comfort to obscure the truth. If you want cheap oranges, go to Morocco, not to the airport deli.

If you wish to move towards prosperity, take action consistent with reason. This principle, if applied consistently, can bring major improvements to your life.

A wise man in search of a job does not go to the desert. If you do that, you might get lucky and find the only opening available, but chances are that you won't.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Sunday, 10 July 2011

Opportunities can be found by looking in the right places (Part 1 of 5)


If you want to waste your life, you just have to devote your days to searching for things where there aren't.

A second formula for squandering your resources is to chase people that are unavailable. The same goes for attempting to travel to places that are not accessible.

We all engage in this kind of pursuits occasionally and that's fine, since nobody possesses perfect knowledge.

What is heartbreaking is when someone persists in trying to reach an impossible goal. Children make such attempts and so do mice trapped in a maze; adults should know better than that.

To be continued in the next post.

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Opportunities can be found by looking in the right places (Part 1 of 5)


If you want to waste your life, you just have to devote your days to searching for things where there aren't.

A second formula for squandering your resources is to chase people that are unavailable. The same goes for attempting to travel to places that are not accessible.

We all engage in this kind of pursuits occasionally and that's fine, since nobody possesses perfect knowledge.

What is heartbreaking is when someone persists in trying to reach an impossible goal. Children make such attempts and so do mice trapped in a maze; adults should know better than that.

To be continued in the next post.

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Why I like the shares of Bank of America


Despite major economic challenges at different levels, I consider that the low price of the shares of Bank of America (USD 10.72) makes them an attractive investment. While many analysts have little confidence in the future, this is not my personal opinion.

Debt problems will be eventually solved in one way or another. People will continue to borrow money to invest in businesses, or to buy houses, cars, large appliances, and for many other purposes. The world economy is growing
overall and has been doing so for some time now.

If the upwards trend continues and becomes well established, Bank of America should do very well, or at least as well as any other major financial institution. I estimate the risk of this being a very bad investment at about 20%. In case that you want to take a look at these shares yourself, make your own research, and reach your own decision. It is your money, after all.

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Why I like the shares of Bank of America


Despite major economic challenges at different levels, I consider that the low price of the shares of Bank of America (USD 10.72) makes them an attractive investment. While many analysts have little confidence in the future, this is not my personal opinion.

Debt problems will be eventually solved in one way or another. People will continue to borrow money to invest in businesses, or to buy houses, cars, large appliances, and for many other purposes. The world economy is growing
overall and has been doing so for some time now.

If the upwards trend continues and becomes well established, Bank of America should do very well, or at least as well as any other major financial institution. I estimate the risk of this being a very bad investment at about 20%. In case that you want to take a look at these shares yourself, make your own research, and reach your own decision. It is your money, after all.

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Saturday, 9 July 2011

Why rational solutions constitute the best approach (Part 6 of 6)


History recounts the same tale again and again. When difficulties arise, scepticism turns into discouragement and irrationality into fear. Pragmatism leads to counter-productive actions and confusing results.

Without a long-term perspective, problems soon strike the ship under the waterline.

A fully human life is impossible without thoughtfulness. This principle is universal. It knows no exceptions. No one can escape it. Learn from experience, abandon wishful thinking, and embrace a philosophy that works.

Rationality, determination, and consistency are the essential factors of happiness and prosperity. Let them carry the day.

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Thursday, 7 July 2011

Why rational solutions constitute the best approach (Part 5 of 6)


Entrepreneurship epitomizes the rational approach to living. Innovative spirits do not ask if they can attain their objectives, only how. Creative minds are always looking for better options.

Originality is an essential element of success. Productiveness is a fundamental ingredient of happiness.

Rationality enables self-reliance and logic sustains motivation. Do not allow lack of capital to stop your dreams, nor lack of contacts, nor massive ridicule.

Seek out thoughtful, benevolent human beings who appreciate what you have to offer. Build your future around them and happiness will ensue.

To be continued in the next post.

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Why rational solutions constitute the best approach (Part 5 of 6)


Entrepreneurship epitomizes the rational approach to living. Innovative spirits do not ask if they can attain their objectives, only how. Creative minds are always looking for better options.

Originality is an essential element of success. Productiveness is a fundamental ingredient of happiness.

Rationality enables self-reliance and logic sustains motivation. Do not allow lack of capital to stop your dreams, nor lack of contacts, nor massive ridicule.

Seek out thoughtful, benevolent human beings who appreciate what you have to offer. Build your future around them and happiness will ensue.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Why rational solutions constitute the best approach (Part 4 of 6)


Sound principles are as beneficial as they are demanding. Irrationality may seem comfortable in the short-term, but contradictions ultimately result in failure.

Individuals determine their own future by their passion to turn dreams into reality and their logic in the choice of means.

No matter how experienced you are, mistakes are inevitable. Reason brings resilience to passion and persistence to ambition.

A wise man is not intimidated by difficulties. He sets goals and plans how to accomplish them. If barriers are too high, he will try to circumvent them. If the price is too expensive, he might look for alternatives.

To be continued in the next post.

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Why rational solutions constitute the best approach (Part 4 of 6)


Sound principles are as beneficial as they are demanding. Irrationality may seem comfortable in the short-term, but contradictions ultimately result in failure.

Individuals determine their own future by their passion to turn dreams into reality and their logic in the choice of means.

No matter how experienced you are, mistakes are inevitable. Reason brings resilience to passion and persistence to ambition.

A wise man is not intimidated by difficulties. He sets goals and plans how to accomplish them. If barriers are too high, he will try to circumvent them. If the price is too expensive, he might look for alternatives.

To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Why rational solutions constitute the best approach (Part 3 of 6)


Do not waste time trying to impress people who do not care for you. Discard nonsense and embrace logic. Design your strategy according to reality. See what works well in the world and identify the keys to prosperity.

Complaining and wishful thinking are ineffectual. Ambitious goals can only be achieved through thoughtful plans and consistent implementation. Psychological balance can only be maintained through rational values and a sense of purpose.


To be continued in the next post.

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Why rational solutions constitute the best approach (Part 3 of 6)


Do not waste time trying to impress people who do not care for you. Discard nonsense and embrace logic. Design your strategy according to reality. See what works well in the world and identify the keys to prosperity.

Complaining and wishful thinking are ineffectual. Ambitious goals can only be achieved through thoughtful plans and consistent implementation. Psychological balance can only be maintained through rational values and a sense of purpose.


To be continued in the next post.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Why rational solutions constitute the best approach (Part 2 of 6)


The easiest way to accelerate your personal growth is to concentrate your efforts on the area of your life where problems are most pressing.

Successful managers apply this strategy to their businesses. For instance, when assembly difficulties slow down production in a furniture factory, the solution might call for simpler designs.

You only have one life to enjoy and it is up to you to decide which path to follow. Assess your situation objectively, placing facts above prejudice. Ignore empty promises and select your best alternative on solid grounds.

To be continued in the next post.

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