Kiss a Leper: Leadership and Self-Contrarianism

This post is part of my leadership lessons from history series. Leadership requires courage of conviction. Working up to that strength requires overcoming your personal fears. The Franciscans are a Catholic order that is impressive by many standards.  They somehow continually convince people (currently 14,000 friars) to give up every personal comfort.  They sponsor numerous […]

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.  Bounteous […]

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 with […]

The Future is Bright. Again.

In 1976, my school teacher said the world was past Peak Oil.  She said I would never obtain a drivers license, because no cars would exist.  Petroleum would be too scarce. The world was ending! So I gathered all my money from delivering newspapers.  I invested it all in bicycle parts and repair tools.  I […]

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 each […]