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Thank you Japan

Thank you Japan

Almost two decades after my Japan adventure, one lesson stands out from the rest. In the United States and in Japan we both value accomplishment and both value the process by which we achieved that accomplishment, but the balance is dramatically different. This made a big difference in my life. Thank you Japan.

What goes around. To say thank you, pay it forward.

What goes around. To say thank you, pay it forward.

Pay it forward to repair the world. Over my career I have been blessed by the many people have coached me, helped me, and given me a break here or there.  In the vast majority of these cases, reciprocity is impossible because of our unsymmetrical positions and these angels have helped me out without any realistic expectation that I could return the favor. So, pay it forward.

Yet another year of the black swan

Yet another year of the black swan

Whenever I lose more than a million dollars I feel compelled to sit down and think about what lessons I learned. I paid for them. The year of 2008 was, alas, highly educational. I remember the story about Solomon to whom God offered the choice of either great wisdom...