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Irish Baby

An Irishman was drinking in a bar in London when he gets a call on his cell phone. He orders drinks for everybody in the bar as he announces his wife has just produced a typical Irish baby boy weighing 25 pounds. Nobody can believe that any new baby can weigh in at 25 pounds, but the man just shrugs, “That’s about average up our way, folks…like I said – my boy’s a typical County Clare baby boy…” Two weeks later the man returns to the bar. The bartender says, “Say, you’re the father of that typical Irish baby that weighed 25 pounds at birth, aren’t you? Everybody’s been making’ bets about how big he’d be in two weeks …. …

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The First Child

The first child is born well and brave He must endure the ice and fire His heart a crucible of gold A cup to hold his parents’ hopes The second is born slyly smart For he cannot ever be first He learns to measure every risk And weigh his options privately The last child is born in lightness He learns to lure what he can’t fetch And feels oppressed by his elders Yet burns to be equal to them Still, the firstborn is worst born He is ahead of everything And behind nothing except his Parents’ foolish expectations

Do You Need “the Mindset of a Champion”?

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Do you have the mindset of a champion?

Are you able to look at your career challenges and feel certain you can overcome them? Do you feel, like Mohammed Ali and Michael Jordan must have felt, that you have greatness in your soul?

If your answer is “no,” don’t worry. I don’t have that mindset either.

I never did. I never felt like a natural-born winner. I never had the confidence that the people I admired seemed to have.

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Believing Your Own Delusions

I have always been interested in martial arts but have never been taken in by stories of masters who could do superhuman things. I’ve heard stories of octogenarian black belts who could disembowel opponents or knock them over with the touch of a finger. My response was always, “How come I never see that in million-dollar mixed martial arts events?” The answer was always, “The master is too refined for that.”  These videos show what happens when such masters start believing their own BS.

Woody Allen Vs. William F. Buckley

(Caution: The audio on this video is very loud!) One of the distinguishing characteristics of contemporary Americans is that they don’t like to debate politics and religion. They are happy to have their own views reinforced by people with similar views but they feel uncomfortable with disagreement. In some countries such as France and oddly Albania, to name to countries I’m modestly familiar with, this inhibition is much less evident. I recently enjoyed a lively conversation in a bar in Paris in which my interlocutors were an American Jew, a North African Arab and a French diplomat. The conversation was about Israel and her enemies. I was shocked by how easily everyone was able to voice such very different opinions. …

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