March 30, 2015

From Finance to Farming, Compounding Is Everywhere

Roses Outside Study Window Joshua Kennon Year Two

The older I get, the more amazed at I am at the power of compounding in all areas of life.  Compounding is one of the most powerful forces at work in the universe.  It exerts itself in all sorts of arenas, ranging from finance to farming.  To illustrate: As I sit in my home study, publishing a few more pieces for this month now that I've returned from California, I'm looking out the window over the rose bushes we put in last summer.  Back then, I posted this picture of what they looked … [Read more...]

Final Fantasy XIII Lightning Returns Is Plato’s Euthyphro Dilemma In Drag


Having reached the end of the road in the third installment of the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy, requiring 150+ hours of game play over a four year period to climb the highest levels of power in creation and culminate in a conclusion to the series, I'm struck how the entire thing is really a well-done repackaging of Plato's Euthyphro dilemma.  It forces the player to answer a question that everyone should decide for themselves, whether religious or agnostic, atheist or Pastafarian, if they seek to … [Read more...]

On the Outermost Edge of Life


One of the greatest observations, and most empowering truths, ever penned, uttered, conceived by the human mind came into being when Alice Koller had the strength of character to admit to herself: I've arrived at this outermost edge of my life by my own actions.  Where I am is thoroughly unacceptable.  Therefore, I must stop what I have been doing. Countless people would begin to have a real shot at happiness, and fulfillment, if they accepted this way of thinking.  They spend so much time … [Read more...]

Talent Without Effort Won’t Get You Anywhere


Some of you who write me need to understand something or you are going to have a lot of disappointment in your future.  Just because you are smart, just because you have talent, doesn't mean anything.  Your business, your career, your efforts can be left in the dust by someone who is driven to succeed, is passionate, and willing to give people what they want, yet lacks your natural ability.   The 50 Shades series by E.L. James is one of the most godawful, terrible pieces of literary trash ever t … [Read more...]

Reflections on Superman and Mickey Mouse

Superman Man of Steel Henry Cavill

I was reading a film review by actor James Franco of the new Superman movie, which I saw at the midnight premier right before I hopped on the flight out to California for the weekend.  My family wanted to go, and I've always like Henry Cavill's work since the adaptation of the seminal work of Alexander Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo, so I thought it would be fun.  When we were in the theater, the talk turned to the actual character of Superman.  Basically, what Franco says almost perfectly enc … [Read more...]

The Life and Business Lessons of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit Walt Disney

After lunch at Club 33 and a ride through the Haunted Mansion, we all decided to head over to Disney's adjacent theme park, California Adventure. The moment we walked through the entrance I was greeted by one of the coolest things I've ever seen.  If you don't know what you are seeing, you aren't alone.  It made me very sad that the significance of it was probably lost on 99% of the people who entered the gates of the park.  I wanted to stand in front of it and preach about the importance of wh … [Read more...]

Don’t Allow Thieves and Those with a Lack of Integrity In Your Life

Meat Thief

One of the few, big lessons I constantly hammer home is that money should work for you.  It is a tool.  You should not sell too much of your life for it in the form of time.  You should not trade your integrity for it.  In a prosperous society, money proper doesn't even really exist; it is an idea - a word we use to describe a legally valid and socially acceptable claim check that we use amongst ourselves to trade goods and services.  You amass money based on past contribution to society by givin … [Read more...]

One of the Most Important Lessons About Life and Making Money You Can Ever Learn

Roy Cullen

In 1927, Hugh Roy Cullen was approached by Jim West, a wealthy lumberman who had invested in projects with Cullen in the past.  On a Saturday, West called Cullen to his downtown Houston office, where he made the following offer: I've got $3,000,000 lying around.  And I've got the West Production Company, which don't amount to much.  I'll put the $3,000,000 in my oil company, and give you one-fourth interest - if you'll go in with me.  You'll be president - and have complete charge of the com … [Read more...]

I Hope All of My Children and Grandchildren Are Like Flynn McGarry

Flynn McGarry

I just read a news story about a 14 year old named Flynn McGarry who thinks, and speaks, exactly like I did at that age.  My biography is almost exactly the same as his, just applied to a different discipline.  He's now worked in some of the best kitchens in the world and ... just stop and go read the source news article .  It's that good. My favorite parts: "My mom didn't really like cooking, and when she did cook I didn't really like her food. And I was watching something on the Food Net … [Read more...]

Who Are These People Writing to Dear Abby?

Writing to Dear Abby

A few nights ago, I found myself sitting in bed reading news stories on my iPad when I somehow ended up clicking through archives of recent Dear Abby letters.  The parade of self-destructive, entitled, irrational, and defeatist thinking is staggering. Sometimes, I wonder if people truly want to be miserable.  I feel like they are walking around with broken software in their heads. I feel upset for them, not at them.  If a significant percentage of people behave this way, it explains a lot of di … [Read more...]