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It seems to me that anything that can be taught to another is relatively inconsequential and has little or no significant influence on behavior. I realize increasingly that I am only interested in learnings which significantly influence behavior … [and] the only learning which influences behavior is self-discovered, self-appropriated learning … truth that has been personally appropriated and assimilated in experience. [This] cannot be directly communicated to another. Carl Rogers (1952). As cited in Schön, D. A. (1990). Educating the reflective practitioner

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies Groucho Marx

I wasn't totally unaware of the number of people who had failed [Einstein, Heisenberg, Feynman], but you can't overestimate the arrogance of a young [researcher]. Leon Cooper (unk). Cited in Superconductivity's Smorgasbord of Insights - Adrian Cho

I’ve had plenty of days when all my trades worked, quickly taking me over my profit expectations for the day. But when I watched results during the process (during the trading session), my decisions were adversely affected. Wanting to get above a nice round number kept me in some trades too long, while the urge to book profit and bag a good day would other times cause me to take profit too early in trades I should have kept. On some occasions, I would pass up trades which looked great, simply because I wanted to keep my profit intact. On losing days, I shifted into defense mode and passed up good trades simply to avoid further losses. Many times the trades on my sheet for the day would have bailed me out had I only taken them.  paraphrased from Focus on the Process Now, Results Later


Consider the story about the ignorant businessman, the intelligent businessman and the wise businessman. The ignorant businessman makes the same mistakes over and over again with the same, and unfortunate, outcomes. The ignorant businessman repeats his or her mistakes, without learning the lessons from experience. The intelligent businessman sees the errors of his or her past mistakes, learns from them and makes adjustments for the future. That is as far as most people go. The wise businessman not only learns from his or her own mistakes, but also learns from the mistakes of others – saving vital resources, time and money by not having to make the same mistakes others have made [the wise businessman also learns from successes of others].  paraphrased from Become a Great Entrepreneur

Makes a businessperson a little twitchy. Fanty (Rafael Feldman), dialog from the movie Serenity

Faith, if it is ever right about anything, is right by accident. Sam Harris (2011). Cited in A Means for Ought from Is? - Michael A. Goldman

Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

Be thankful we’re not getting all the government we’re paying for. Will Rogers

Some would-be advisor puts a logo on some fancy stationery and sends out 32,000 stock letters to potential investors. The letters tell of his company's elaborate computer model, his financial expertise and inside contacts. In 16,000 letters he predicts the index will rise, in the other 16,000 he predicts a decline. A follow-up letter is sent, but only to the 16,000 people who initially received the correct prediction. To 8,000 of them, a rise is predicted for the next week; to the other 8,000, a decline. This is iterated a few more times, until 500 people have received six straight correct predictions. These 500 people are now reminded of this and told that in order to continue to receive this valuable information they must contribute $500. If they all pay, that's $250,000 for our advisor. excerpted from John Allen Paulos (2001). Innumeracy.