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Expiring vs. Permanent Skills

Robert Walter Weir was one of the most popular instructors at West Point in the mid-1800s. Which is odd at a military academy, because he taught painting and drawing.

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The Three Sides of Risk

I grew up ski racing in Lake Tahoe. I was on the Squaw Valley Ski Team, and it was the center of my life for over a decade.

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Here We Are: 5 Stories That Got Us To Now

Three days after Ronald Reagan was inaugurated in 1981, New York City Council President Carol Bellamy joined a group of speakers at a luncheon to discuss the country’s future.

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What Always Changes

A few things that always change, never staying in one place for long:

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The Ugly Scramble

A truth in one field often shines a light on another. So let me tell you a story about what cats falling out of buildings teaches us about businesses surviving Covid-19.

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Good Things Taken Too Far

Penicillin is probably the most important discovery of the last 100 years. It’s saved somewhere between 80 million and 200 million lives. Your great grandparents would have found it indistinguishable from sorcery.

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Lots of Things Happening At Once

“Steve [Jobs] and I will always get more credit than we deserve, because otherwise the story gets too complicated,” Bill Gates once said.

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Healthcare: What Happens Next

When trying to predict what’s going to happen to the US healthcare system, the safest bet is usually nothing.

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Keep Running!

Leigh Van Valen was a crazy-looking evolutionary biologist who came up with a theory so crazy no academic journal would publish it. So he created his own journal, published it, and the idea eventually became accepted wisdom.

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Never The Same

Things are different now.

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