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Counterfactual Thinking, that Sneaky Mechanism of the Mind

Investing is based the hope that assets you buy (whatever they may be) will provide (much) more value in the long run than the amount paid to buy them. This is a simple idea, yet along the way to harvesting your investment fruits, your psychological resolve will be tested again and again, since investments, especially […]

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The Life-Changing Power of Decision

Back at the beginning of 2008 I made a decision to exercise 5 days a week for at least 25 minutes. Before I made this decision, I was a some-of-the-time athlete. I wasn’t consistent. After I made the new decision, exercise–primarily running–became a permanent fixture of my routine. My decision proved to be the game […]

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Don’t Underestimate the 5% (Of Your Behavior That’s Not Automatic)

This morning I was on a jog, and I was listening to a YouTube video of Dr. James Lipton talking about the subconscious mind. He repeated a statistic I have repeatedly heard: that 95% of what you do everyday is a result of your subconscious programming.* This is very similar to something I have heard […]

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It’s (Now More than Ever) Time to Develop Good Financial Habits

I just finished (yet another) personal finance book, this one David Bach’s “Start Late, Finish Rich.”* The book’s premise is that anyone—no matter their age or station in life–can get their financial shite together (!) by developing the right financial habits to create a healthy nest for themselves and their family. As is the case […]

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The Habits that Save Me From Myself

A few days ago I wrote about my reading habit, and how I have read 145 books in the last 5 1/2 years, so many which were 500 pages or longer, etc After I wrote this post, I had this thought: “If I were already opening and finishing books, then I wouldn’t need to develop […]

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Lessons on Freedom from the Extraordinary Benjamin Franklin

A few years ago I read Walter Isaacson’s biography of “Benjamin Franklin.” In the book*, Franklin impressed me as an amazing man who was unstoppable in pursuing every interest and project he ever dreamed up, from starting civic public works projects such as militias and post offices and an organized firefighter force, to scientific experiments […]

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The Indestructible Power of the “Slow and Steady” Approach

Over the weekend, my wife and I hung out with some of our neighbors in a “socially-distant” outdoor picnic in our backyard. We were spread out in our clusters–four different couples–and we had a nice time talking (with some food and drink) over several hours. This was the first time in almost three months my […]

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The Return of the Return of the Daily Blogger

It’s June 1st, 2020, and I’m ba-ba-ba-back, baby! I blogged every day in April and decided to take May off. The allure of the daily blog called to me, though, and by the middle of May, I was already planning on returning for June. This is not the first time I have re-started up my […]

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Templeton and the Test of One’s Investing Mettle

“The time of maximum pessimism is the best time to buy, and the time of maximum optimism is the best time to sell.”–Sir John Templeton Last summer I was curious to learn more about world-renowned investor Sir John Templeton. I wanted to read a biography like I did for Warren Buffett, but finding none that […]

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The Only Thing We Have to Fear…

In his excellent book “Your Money and Your Brain,” Jason Zweig writes with extensively-researched detail about the ways that strong human emotions (such as fear, greed, regret, and surprise) can distort our perceptions and lead people people to take actions that may not serve their long-term best interest. While his book deals primarily with how […]