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  • Joseph shared from Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie by Andrew Carnegie
    In those early days, however, I had several interests that were taken over in the course of business. They included some stocks and securities that were quoted on the New York Stock Exchange, and I found that when I opened my paper in the morning I was tempted to look first at the quotations of the stock market. As I had determined to sell all my interests in every outside concern and concentrate my attention upon our manufacturing concerns in Pittsburgh, I further resolved not even to own any stock that was bought and sold upon any stock exchange. With the exception of trifling amounts which...
  • Joseph shared from Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie by Andrew Carnegie
    Nothing tells in the long run like good judgment, and no sound judgment can remain with the man whose mind is disturbed by the mercurial changes of the Stock Exchange. It places him under an influence akin to intoxication. What is not, he sees, and what he sees, is not. He cannot judge of relative values or get the true perspective of things. The molehill seems to him a mountain and the mountain a molehill, and he jumps at conclusions which he should arrive at by reason. His mind is upon the stock quotations and not upon the points that require calm thought. Speculation is a parasite feeding upon...
  • Joseph shared from a Personal Document
    as a blog post at Scientific American put it, “there’s now frequent talk of a ‘Moore’s law’ in solar energy,”
    Note: not quite doubling in 18 mo but still
  • Joseph shared from a Personal Document
    as a blog post at Scientific American put it, “there’s now frequent talk of a ‘Moore’s law’ in solar energy,”
    Note: a Moore s law for solar energy
  • Joseph shared from Terror and Consent by Philip Bobbitt
    Success determines how we frame our experiences. We rely on strategies that have worked in the past to succeed for us in the future. That’s why success often leads to failure when we do not appreciate a genuinely new situation. Only failure, it seems, then forces us to reevaluate our strategies.
    Note: most accept that failure can lead to sucess, but equally true is that sucess can lead to failure
  • Joseph shared from Terror and Consent by Philip Bobbitt
    What Franklin actually wrote was, “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety,”*58 a comment that might more aptly apply to someone censoring a cartoon out of fear of the reaction to it than to a requirement that citizens carry identity cards.
    Note: a fairly important distinction in my view
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