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  • I first wondered if the European Union (EU) and the Eurozone would survive in 2009, when Greece’s economy started to implode. The fear, back then, was that if Greece failed, it would be the domino that would lead to the collapse of the Euro and the EU. What made Greece so frightening was that it was the smallest of the PIIGS. (Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain) Today, Greece is still in trouble. “Europe’s most indebted state is locked in talks with officials representing the European Stability Mechanism, the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the IMF [...]

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    I was born in San Francisco and raised in Los Angeles. Back then, California was a golden state that was going places. California’s leaders had a very simple vision; we were going to be the best at everything. I went to Claremont McKenna College. It was created by Southern California businessmen as an alternative to the more liberal small colleges on the east coast. Although it is only one year older than me, today US New and World Reportsmagazine ranks CMC as the 9th best National Liberal Arts College in America. [1] Back then, Stanford was a very good regional [...]

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    Everyone has blind spots; things that we can’t see objectively because we care too much about them. Few subjects create more blind spots than politics and religion. In most parts of the world people live in echo chambers where they only talk with true believers and call their opponents idiots or worse. Rarely do they talk to the other side, and when then do, it is even rarer that they actually listen to what the others are saying. Ugly Baby Glasses can help minimize the distortion created by one’s political beliefs. The more passionate we are about a candidate or an issue, the more[...]

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    A THOUGHT FOR TODAY: Cowardice asks the question, ‘Is it safe?’ Expediency asks the question, “Is it politic?” Vanity asks the question, “Is it popular?” But, conscience asks the question, “Is it right?” And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because one’s conscience tells one that it is right. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., civil-rights leader (15 Jan 1929-1968)

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    I was in Seoul in 2002 when I wrote this. Sadly, what was true then is still true today. Last week, the North Korean communists allowed 100 of its citizens who have family members in the South to go see and touch them for the first time in fifty years. They also allowed 100 South Koreans to go North to see their long lost family members. Ever since the end of the Korean war, the North Korean communists have prevented those with relatives on either side of the border from seeing each other. They have prevented them from sending letters or post cards to each other. They have even [...]

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    Happiness is a Journey

    February 19, 2017 | Blog | admin

    Are you happy with your life? Is happiness a daily priority? Is happiness even important to you? On Thanksgiving Day, 2007 an e-mail message started circulating among members of the MBA program at the University of Texas at Austin. Its title was “Dance Like No One’s Watching.” I don’t know who the author is, but I want to share it with you because it talks about things that are really important. But first, let me share with you my personal testimony about walking toward happiness. When I was in junior high school, my friends told me that I was as “serious as a heart [...]

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    We’ve all seen ugly babies. But one never tells a parent that they have an ugly baby. That’s just not nice. Every business has two sets of glasses. They have a corporate “this is how we do business” set of glasses. And if they are serious, they also have a set of ugly baby “this is how the world really is” glasses. This second set of glasses is what I call “ugly baby glasses.” These are glasses that show you the harsh reality of what is really happening. With ugly baby glasses, you might not like what you see, but you will see what is. We all know that the only [...]

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