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On Opportunity Cost and the Value of Leisure

June 30th, 2016

Have you ever played The Game of Life? In the board game, the first decision you need to make is whether you want to go to school or you want to start working right away. Opportunity cost stares you in the face. By choosing to go to school (for a shot at a higher annual […]

Sunday Snippet: Robert Frost (1874-1963)

June 26th, 2016

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” Life is too short to live in regret. I’ve always been my own worst critic and my toughest boss. I had a particularly challenging evening last night with my daughter and I was almost not able to get today’s blog […]

On the Directionality of Progress, Success and Happiness

June 21st, 2016

We all want to be happy, whatever that means. If you boil down all of life’s struggles and aspirations, it really just comes down to happiness. That’s the ultimate end goal and everything else is just a means to that end. You seek happiness through home ownership. You seek happiness through a successful career. You […]

Sunday Snippet: Gordie Howe (1928-2016)

June 12th, 2016

“You’ve got to love what you’re doing. If you can love it, you can overcome any handicap or the soreness or all the aches and pains, and continue to play for a long, long time.” Vancouver is a hockey town. Sure, we have teams in other sports and they get their share of fan support, […]

Sunday Snippet: Muhammad Ali (1942-2016)

June 5th, 2016

“I’ve wrestled with alligators, I’ve tussled with a whale. I done handcuffed lightning. And throw thunder in jail. You know I’m bad. Just last week, I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalised a brick. I’m so mean, I make medicine sick.” Those words were uttered by the late great (the greatest!) Muhammad Ali after […]

Most People Are Better in the Abstract

June 3rd, 2016

As a kid, you may have idolized a certain celebrity. This person might have been a rock star, a movie star, a famous author or a professional athlete. You may have had posters on your bedroom wall and you may have read up on everything there was to be read on this person. One day, […]

Sunday Snippet: Michael Kahn (Film Editor)

May 29th, 2016

“The beautiful thing about editing is, and I guess maybe writers feel that way, I see all that film up there, it doesn’t matter. I’m doing one piece at a time. One scene at a time. One cut at a time. When there’s a lot of film, I just do one thing at a time.” […]

Sunday Snippet: Afeni Shakur (1947-2016)

May 22nd, 2016

“I guarantee that the seed you plant in love, no matter how small, will grow into a mighty tree of refuge. We all want a future for ourselves and we must now care enough to create, nurture and secure a future for our children.” Earlier this month, Afeni Shakur passed away from an apparent heart […]