Fiddler Jones and Regret

Fiddler Jones is a character in Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology. Again and again, he chooses to play his fiddle at gatherings of all kinds, instead of working his land or making money. Here’s how he sums up his life. “I never started to plow in my life That...

What do you think?

I sense that something has changed. Within the last couple of months, some people have vigorously declared how my words and what they speculate about my motives and thoughts have fallen short of perfection. In the last few months, I offended some people with my...

What can we do?

The COVID-19 virus counts are increasing, again. There are plenty of reasons. Here are three. Authority figures gave mixed messages. (“Masks are vital but limited.” “Masks are not effective.” “We don’t have enough masks.” “Masks are plentiful.” “Only old people need...

What is the secret of life?

A couple of weeks ago I received a call from a young man. He asked if he could take me to lunch and “pick my brain.” In the past a young man or woman would make the long pilgrimage to the top of a mountain to ask a guru questions about the secrets to a good life. I...

Process Review

The deal is done. You’ve bought or sold a property and taken another step toward your legacy wealth goal. You’re tempted to celebrate a little and then move on to the rest of your life. That’s natural. But you’ll become a better investor if you review your investment...

Learning from Experience

Management guru Peter Drucker advocated recording the main factors of a big decision and what you expect. Six to nine months later review what you wrote, what happened, and reflect on it. He claimed the record, review, reflect process was his best way of acquiring...