Is your expert competent? Trusted?

Suppose you have a serious medical condition and your physician is the wisest, most insightful, most experienced doctor in the relevant specialty. If you don’t trust her, or won’t follow her lead, then you’re wasting her time and yours. If you have a top-notch...

Folly and How to Avoid It

Fifty years ago I was driving along, letting my mind wander. I wasn’t paying attention until cars coming the other way started honking their horns and blinking their lights. I was driving the wrong way down a one-way street! You’ve probably done something similar. It...

Think: How will you get better?

On October 17, 1989, the Loma Prieta earthquake rocked Northern California. The quake collapsed a freeway, took a chunk out of the Bay Bridge, and wrecked my friend’s office. The next day his business took a hit as every client cancelled their engagements for months...

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...