Lessons in fear from the whaling ship Essex

If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment. Marcus Aurelius 121 – 180 AD On August 12, 1819, the whale ship Essex and its crew of 29 sailors set out from Nantucket, Massachusetts on what was intended to be a two and a half year journey to whaling grounds off the west coast of South America. Only two days after leaving port, the Essex encountered a storm that did considerable damage to the vessel. But …
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Accidental shoplifting

The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be. Socrates 470 B.C. – 399 B.C. One of my Saturday morning rituals is to head to Target to do household shopping. Gallon jugs of bottled water are among the staples I buy every trip. Normally I have at least six gallons, so when I go through the checkout line, I put one jug as the first item to be scanned and tell the cashier how many bottles are still in the basket. One recent Saturday, I’d finished making my purchases and was …
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Want better answers? Improve your problem-solving skills

It is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail. Abraham Harold Maslow 1908 – 1970 From time to time, everyone has problems. No matter how successful you think someone is, they still encounter setbacks. Most people take a somewhat limited approach to solving problems, and consequently, they don’t always get the best results. I’d like to share a better approach with you. But to drive the lesson home, I want you to try a quick experiment. I want you to stop reading for thirty seconds, get a pen …
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