HT: Don Boudreaux
One funny excerpt.
Nietzsche famously said, "What doesn't kill us makes us stronger." It sounds clever, but it's a loser philosophy. I don't want my failures to simply make me stronger, which I interpret as making me better able to survive future challenges. (To be fair to Nietzsche, he probably meant the word "stronger" to include anything that makes you more capable. I'd ask him to clarify, but ironically he ran out of things that didn't kill him.)
Now the important part:
If you drill down on any success story, you always discover that luck was a huge part of it. You can't control luck, but you can move from a game with bad odds to one with better odds. You can make it easier for luck to find you. The most useful thing you can do is stay in the game. If your current get-rich project fails, take what you learned and try something else. Keep repeating until something lucky happens. The universe has plenty of luck to go around; you just need to keep your hand raised until it's your turn. It helps to see failure as a road and not a wall.
As I tell students, you don't have to go to college; you get to go to college. Are you going to take advantage of this good luck by capitalizing on your chance to learn and improve your human capital, or are you going to squander your good luck?
Apparently some truckers are protesting by assembling in Washington, DC and attempting to tie up traffic.
No major traffic delays were reported on the Beltway during Friday’s morning commute, police authorities said, despite a protest by about 30 tractor-trailers and pickup trucks against what organize describe as excessive government intrusion.
What does that tell you about DC's economy? Truckers impede traffic by driving side-by-side on a major thoroughfare around the city, traveling at 15 mph, and they caused no major traffic delays. Remove the federal government from Washington, DC and it becomes a wastelan . . . never mind.
Also, why no delay? BECAUSE THEY WERE PROTESTING AGAINST INTRUSIVE GOVERNMENT WHEN THERE WAS NO INTRUSIVE GOVERNMENT OPERATING! Their timing was either way off or they intended to make a brilliant statement. I'm not certain of which.
This is an incredible performance and superbly done special effects. I have a hard time believing not everyone is in on the show and that they are all actors, not real customers.
The movie The Internship, which I found very funny and offering very good messages, has brought about a number of people offering insight into internships and how to benefit from them, mostly from the firm's side.
For students, I have always offered the following advice about internships:
. . . and Stephen Colbert is the only one of the eight that is neither a foundation or the former president's daughter Chelsea.
That's definitely going to get to his head.