What are you missing?

There are none so blind as those who will not see. English Proverb During the commuter rush hour on a morning in January 2007, a young man stood playing a violin in one of Washington D.C.’s metro stations. Roughly 2,000 people passed him as they entered the station. Most barely noticed him, though a few stopped and listened for a short time. At the end of an hour of playing, he had collected $32. To the casual observer, he appeared to be a typical street musician in blue jeans and a baseball cap. But he was anything but typical. He …
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How do you validate your beliefs?

Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it. Buddha 563 – 483 B.C. Your beliefs have a significant impact on your view of the world and the way you see yourself fitting into that world. As we approach a New Year, I think it’s important that we …
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Are you solving the wrong problem?

If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail. Abraham  Maslow 1908 – 1970 When we’re faced with a problem, the first thing we need to do is get totally clear about the issue we’re trying to solve. But at times, this task isn’t as straightforward as it sounds. Consider the interesting example of the mathematician Abraham Wald and the British Air Ministry. During World War II, the British Air Ministry engaged Mr. Wald to study the damage suffered by airplanes engaged in combat missions and use those results to recommend appropriate places for …
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