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Scott’s Thoughts: A Transactional Life

“Your story is the greatest legacy that you will leave to your friends. It’s the longest-lasting legacy you will leave to your heirs.” -Stephen Farris Saint, Ecuadorian-born business entrepreneur, pilot, and author. The nature of real estate is, on the surface, transactional. A seller needs a buyer for their home. A buyer hunts for that [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Shoulds vs. Coulds

“Problem-solving leaders have one thing in common: a faith that there’s always a better way.” -Gerald M. Weinberg, American computer scientist. Recently I came across an interesting¬†article by Francesca Gino for the Harvard Business Review. The piece focuses on problem solving in what I thought was a particularly innovative–and yet simple–way. How does one generate [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Steady On

“We should manage our fortunes as we do our health–enjoy it when good, be patient when it is bad, and never apply violent remedies except in an extreme necessity.” -Francois de La Rochefoucauld, French author of maxims and memoirs. “Steady on,” is one of those calming British phrases which urges sensible equanimity in the face [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Qualify Yourself

“Never take a job for which you are qualified. You won’t grow.” -Esther Dyson, Swiss-born American journalist, author, businesswoman, investor, commentator and philanthropist. Do you have at least one listing right now that scares you? No? Why not? You may be wondering what could possibly scare you about a listing. There are the obvious “problem” [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: A Richer Reading Life

“I’ve never known any trouble that an hour’s reading didn’t assuage.” Montesquieu, French judge, man of letters, and political philosopher. Did you resolve to become an all-star reader in 2019? I don’t think I need to stress the¬†benefits of reading. Sure, it heightens brain connectivity, develops empathy, rewires connections while creating new white matter, increases [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Time to Ride Fast

“You can’t get good by staying home. If you want to get fast, you have to go where the fast guys are.” -Steve Larsen, Professional mountain biker, road biker and triathlete. Ten years ago this July Oakley Signs & Graphics launched Tuesday Tactics in the wake of the worst global financial crisis of the 2000s. [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Beyond the Algorithms

“The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.” -Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher. The new year is here, and with it comes 365 [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: See You in 2019

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.” -From “Little Gidding” by T. S. Eliot, Poet, essayist, publisher, playwright, literary and social critic. Well, we’re wrapping it up for 2018. Thank you to everyone who has continued [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Just for the Record?

“In the journal I do not just express myself more openly than I could to any person; I create myself.” Susan Sontag, American writer, filmmaker, philosopher, teacher, and political activist. How was your 2018? Did it exceed your expectations? Did you struggle? What were the highlights? The low points? Do you know, or was it [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Give it a Rest

“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.” -Peter F. Drucker, Austrian-born American management consultant, educator, and author. Whether or not you feel it winding down, 2018 is gradually coming to a close. If you’re on top of your game, you know the end of the year [...]

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