Thursday, April 15, 2010

A potpourri

Yale Hirsch, founder of the Stock Trader’s Almanac, has long collected words of wisdom on a range of topics to use in his annual almanacs. The Capitalist Spirit (Wiley, 2010) gives a larger canvas for inspirational, informational, and sometimes funny thoughts.

Here are a few samples.

See your destination in your mind. . . . Start walking. . . . Think ahead as you walk. ‘It’s like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.’ E. L. Doctorow (b. 1931), author of Ragtime” (p. 41, by Roy H. Williams)

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Philip Humbert offers and elaborates on ten characteristics of reachable goals: they are specific, simple, significant, strategic, measurable, rational, tangible, written, shared, and consistent with your values. (pp. 142-43)

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Two selections from “puns to put a smile on your face” (p. 205):

Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?

A pessimist’s blood type is always b-negative.

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Finally, for those who enjoy number sequences:

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