Success in Life

A part of me can’t believe that I’m actually going to write about the Meghan Markle interview with Oprah. I pretty much ignore American and British tabloid media. I don’t pay attention to anything going on with the British royal family (and former members thereof). However, for some reason I can’t quite articulate, I decided [...]

If you improve your skills by 1% per week, in a year, you’ll have improved well over 50% (especially when you include compounding). If you improve your skills by 1% per day, in a year, you’ll have improved well over 365% (again, with compounding). I love this rule for two reasons. First, a 1% improvement [...]

There’s a quote I heard decades ago: “80 percent of success is just showing up.” When I first heard that quote, it seemed overly simplistic to the point that I dismissed it. However, with a few decades of perspective, I’ve changed my mind on this point of view. I’ve come to deeply appreciate how much [...]

A couple of weeks ago, McKinsey settled a major lawsuit regarding the firm’s work with the manufacturer of OxyContin — one of the key drugs in the opioid crisis that has claimed many lives. The settlement was for close to $600 million, as reported by the New York Times. Here are my thoughts… First, I’m [...]

In U.S. business news, the story of the week is day traders on the Robinhood stock trading app organizing stock trades via Reddit, a social media platform, to buy shares in the public company GameStop, all to make money while taking down Wall Street billionaires and their hedge funds. The above sentence is probably the [...]

The other day, someone in my Inner Circle mentorship program asked me the following: “Victor, how do you manage your information intake to avoid the ‘filter bubble’ and without falling prey to crackpot thinking?” Before I share what I do personally and why I do it, I thought I’d start by explaining what happens before [...]

In watching the recent U.S. presidential inauguration, I couldn’t help but notice 22-year-old poet Amanda Gorman. I think her poem recitation and public speaking performance serves as an example of many concepts I’ve taught in my writing over the years. I had never heard of Amanda Gorman before hearing her speak, so I had zero [...]

I first heard of the phrase “cascade of errors” from a friend of mine who was a private pilot. As part of his desire to be a competent and safe pilot of private planes, he regularly read after-action reports of every airplane crash in the United States. His thinking was that crashing an airplane had [...]

I was brushing my teeth this morning while doing hamstring stretches with one of my feet propped up on the bathroom counter. I do this every time I brush my teeth. I do this because it’s part of my physical therapy back pain prevention routine. I do it to offset the impact of sitting at [...]

Over the last 15 years or so, I have struggled at times with depression and suicidal thoughts. In those moments, I felt an overwhelming sense of pain and hopelessness about the future.  I’ve contemplated taking my own life on more occasions than I care to admit, think about, or remember. This is the first time [...]

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