If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens,
how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.
George Bernard Shaw
This holiday season is, for many, filled with uncertainty about the future. Even a casual student of history can take odd comfort in George Bernard Shaw’s thoughtful quote.
Yes, we do, as a country, and as a world, repeat our mistakes, often in much grander and far more complex ways than in the past. This is certainly not the first recession in America or the world and this is not the first time in history that there has been high unemployment. … Continue reading
About eight years ago, after selling my interest in a highly successful wholesale energy brokerage firm, I retired. For five years, I lived a life that would be the aspirational crown for many people.
Eventually I began to re-visit the news, but in an emotionally disconnected way. Over time, though, after watching a series of huge investment scandals unfold in-between billionaire sports franchise owners fighting with multi-millionaire players; all against a background of the rapid shrinking of the middle class . . . something began to change for me. … Continue reading
Had dinner the other night with an interesting fellow. He’s starting a new construction and design business, right in the middle of a recession.
The business is both a home building and renovation company specializing in the use of home wellness products. From earth-safe building materials to vitamin infused showerheads, these products are becoming more and more of a reality. Today, most of them are significantly more expensive, but, as more are manufactured, the products will come down in price and become accessible to many more people.
He’s not crazy. He’s an entrepreneur … Continue reading