Week of June 26, 2017
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.
If you love what you are doing you will be successful.”
Physician, Missionary and Nobel Laureate
“Set Your Fears” Before Setting Goals
At work or home, we’re encouraged to focus on our goals. All too often however, the goals end up in the good intentions file. Maybe a different approach is needed.
Tim Ferriss, author of the best seller “The Four Hour Workweek” suggests that you might be better served by focusing first on the things that might be in your way. Check out his recent short TED Video that suggests we engage in “fear setting” before “goal setting.”
The Next Bubble (is it YOU)?
Much is made of the job losses due to technology but much of the conjecture is generic and not helpful from a career planning standpoint. An article in Bloomberg Business looks at research by industry and occupation and makes some sobering predictions about whose job is on the bubble. See if your occupation (or your kid’s) is among them.
Queen Mary Requests Your Presence
The two most eagerly awaited events every spring are the opening of baseball season and Mary Meeker’s, (aka Queen of the Internet,) annual Internet Trends presentation. As the lead internet analyst at VC firm Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers, millions of business people rely on her analysis and predictions.
Whether you are heavily involved in technology or just want to know what’s coming next for your industry or sector, this 33 minute video and accompanying full 300 + slide deck recently presented at the Code Conference are required reading if your business relies in any way on the internet (and whose doesn’t?).
“Queen Mary” has provided an immense amount of valuable data in this talk and accompanying deck. Be sure your marketing and tech people review it.
This is Your Brain on Power
Remember the drug awareness ad featuring frying eggs and the warning “this is your brain on drugs?” It turns out that prolonged occupation of positions of power and leadership can take their toll on your brain as well. This article from the Altlantic summarizes recent research that suggests that “Power Causes Brain Damage.” Is your brain at risk?”
Econ Recon: QE Post Mortem
Most of us who follow the economy at all know that the Fed Practice of QE or ‘Quantitative Easing’ is thought by many to have saved during the dark days of 2008-2009, held down interest rates and drove both the stock market and the economy in recent years.
Not so, says economist Brian Wesbury in a short article. The real reason for the strong economy is due to other factors because, as he explains in a succinct one page article, “QE Didn’t Work.”