I counted 32 different brands and types.
It seems strange to me. Why so many choices?
(Does it mean there is money in selling oil products and a lot of people want a piece of it?)
I read a lot of articles each day. I really should share what I have read. So here’s what I read today (with simple notes):
Seth Godin. Of course.
Didn’t like it (though it was good. For some reason (perhaps I envy his lifestyle and success?) I think of Chris as a TV evangelist: preaching empty messages to serve himself.)
Didn’t like it (though it was OK)
Loved the writing. The idea terrified me.
Boom. There’s honesty, and there’s real honesty. this is the second.
Hmm. Romney looks heartless and unethical. On Jan 5th, I wrote this:
What would it take to pull off a major theft?
The vast majority of people never consider the question. At least not seriously. That is why the vast majority of people hold jobs: they do not steal (significantly) from where they work; they do not plan elaborate strategies to clean out they company they work for.
But some people do think about how to pull off a heist. And not just in action movies.
As we have seen in action films, the amount of planning and money it takes to pull of a major heist is beyond the majority of people. But for those who do consider it, you can pull off grand theft, free and clear, in two arenas: the financial industry and religion.
Looks like I was right.
It happened briefly, slightly yesterday, then with feeling today… Apple has passed Exxon-Mobile in market capitalization to become the largest (most valuable) company in the world.
Those of you within earshot of me will remember that last year, I predicted that this would happen by the end of this year. It happened ahead of my prediction.
What did we learn from this? What I said yesterday: Vision trumps everything. Whether you are parenting, teaching, running a business, pastoring, painting, writing,… having a clear, laser-focused vision will produce infinitely better results than trying to guide yourself via surveys, market-studies, feedback, examining data.
Vision, vision, vision. The more you reduce it (simplify it) the better. The clearer (more defined) the better.
Vision trumps everything.
Your Complete Retirement Planning Road Map – by Ed Slott
The Retirement Savings Time Bomb–and How to Defuse It – by Ed Slott
Bill Bartman principles
John T. Reed analysis of Robert T. Kiyosaki’s book: Rich Dad, Poor Dad
My earlier post re: percentage of annual income for monthly mortgage
My notes re: how the really rich made their money and the implications