Hello! Welcome to MarkFord.net
This is the open-for-inspection half-way home for my writing!
What you’ll find here are essays, stories, book chapters, poetry, and journal entries, as well as words and images from others that I want to share.
The bulk of the essays will be about business, wealth building, and personal productivity. But there will also be things I’m equally or more interested in, such as art, education, economics, physics, philosophy, psychology, neurobiology, fitness, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Since much of what you’ll be reading here will be early drafts of work meant for publication I welcome any comments or suggestions you might have that will help me strengthen them.

In some way or at some time every business is limited by the limitations of the man who started it.

For many businesses the problem is that the entrepreneur feels that he has to micromanage everything, even when he knows the business has grown too big for him to do it. By making it necessary for all decisions to continue to go through him, he creates a constant bottleneck.

Other businesses are stalled because they are built around the talent or skill of the top man. These businesses stop growing when the boss can’t do any more than he is already doing.

Click to continue… Boost Your Productivity by Cloning Yourself

The following essay by Steve Sjuggerud illustrates an important truth about entrepreneurship. Contrary to popular belief, successful entrepreneurs (as opposed to those who make money and then go broke) are not usually risk takers. Quite the opposite, they weigh risks and rewards and don’t move forward unless they can comfortably live with the downsides.

By Dr. Steve Sjuggerud

The life story of Bob Mayer is titled Without Risk, There’s No Reward: Tales, trials and truisms from the amazing life of a pioneering southern California developer.

I met Bob last week, while staying at a hotel he built… the fantastic Hyatt at the Huntington Beach Waterfront. It turns out Bob is a subscriber of mine. He’s also a gifted storyteller and a successful entrepreneur.

Click to continue… A Successful Developer’s Words of Wisdom

The following is an interview that was published November 2, 2011 in The Palm Beach Letter. The subject: charity.

Ellen: In the office the other day, I heard Tom say, “Mark doesn’t believe in charity.” Is that true?

Mark: If I ever said I don’t believe in charity, I misspoke. I believe in charity. But I also believe that charity can be dangerous.

Ellen: Dangerous? How?

Mark: Charity has the potential to create dependency, destroy initiative, and promote entitlement. If you give a beggar a five-dollar bill every day for nine days, then give him one dollar on the tenth day… chances are, he’ll ask, “Where’s my other four dollars?”

Ellen: That’s pretty cynical.

Mark: I don’t think so. Cultural economists tell us that human populations tend to do what they get rewarded for doing. When you provide unwed mothers or unemployed workers or homeless people with substantial financial subsidies, you are, in effect, rewarding them for such behaviors. You are creating an ever-expanding culture of people who feel entitled to stay pregnant, jobless, and homeless – and be paid for it.

Ellen: You seem to have a dim view of human nature. Click to continue… Why People in Need Should Be Treated Like Children

Miss Kentucky

February 21, 2012 in Humor

Note: This is the new Miss Kentucky.

The picture that will stay with her for the rest of her life:

Make-up and hair style ………………. $500

New dress for the show ………………$700

Giant stuffed bear ………………………. $300
















Not knowing how to hold the bear with a microphone in her hand …..Priceless!

By High Talk and Rumors

The Minotaur in His Labyrinth
Roberto Montenegro
1885 – 1968

Many of Roberto Montenegro’s early paintings include an item of fantasy, but his later works exhibited total Surrealism, often with literary references. In this 1967 oil painting on canvas, El Minotauro en su Laberinto, the head of a red bull rests in the window of a theatrical setting of sturdy walls. The red moon shines full with an illuminating surround. The red cape and sword lie on the blood-red ground. A labyrinth icon displays on one wall.

Click to continue… The Minotaur in His Labyrinth

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