Great Leaders Feel Deserving

Many potential leaders never reach greatness because they feel they lack a mandate to lead. Consider the case of Babur. Babur ascended the throne of Fergana in in what is now Uzbekistan.   It was 1494, when Spain was claiming Caribbean islands, and Babur was only 12 years old.   At age 14 he ledContinue reading “Great Leaders Feel Deserving”

Stay Off Santa’s Naughty List

In my country, people practice a pretend belief in Santa Claus.  This mythical person delivers gifts to well-behaved children.  Naughty children, in theory, receive nothing.   The definition of good vs. bad is fuzzy.  It is subjectively determined by parents in each household.   In practice, however, poor children receive less, regardless of behavior.  BounteousContinue reading “Stay Off Santa’s Naughty List”

My Former Life as a Secret Agent

I have never told anyone this. When I was 9 years old, I experienced a stressful event which caused me to partially withdraw from society.  I built around me a cocoon of imagination.  My whole life was fake. I imagined I was a secret agent. For some reason, my country needed a small boy withContinue reading “My Former Life as a Secret Agent”

Blogging takes me more time

When I was 12 years old, I had been taking piano lessons for six years.  I was still playing at an early intermediate level.  My parents, finally wearied of nagging me to practice each day.  They allowed me to quit.  “He must have other strengths,” they said. Why did I make no progress?  Many yearsContinue reading “Blogging takes me more time”

What’s the most important thing you can learn?

I have been studying human performance for a very long time.  I hold a PhD in human capital development.  This blog’s purpose is to encourage you to teach yourself to be successful.  Various topics are covered.  But what is the most important thing you can teach yourself? That thing is a different thing for eachContinue reading “What’s the most important thing you can learn?”