The Credit Belongs

You may have noticed the updated look of the site. I thought that it was time to make it look a little more finished… even if it’s not completely finished yet.

At the same time, I thought that I should finally process the last parts of my old website. This involved moving a number of items, particulalry book reviews into blog postings. You’ll find them in a range of places, particularly on How to Win Friends and Influence People, Al Dunlap, TP’s Project50 and Lester Thurow’s Creating Wealth in December 1999, though there’s also a summary of The 48 Laws of Power. Note that these are mostly my thoughts and responses – feel free to disagree… given how long ago I wrote them, I might too!

From the Merovingian in Matrix Revolutions: Who has time? But then if we do not ever take time, how can we ever have time?

One of my favourite speeches ever was that which Theodore Roosevelt delivered in Paris in 1910. You will find the complete speech in a post on this site at the link above, though here is a passage that I find particularly moving… and that is framed on my desk.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena…who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

I also remembered or re-found two .pdf’s that are worth remembering are around:

  • I summarised John Kay’s Foundations of Corporate Success a few years ago. This book explains the four sources of competitive advantage: Architecture, Reputation, Innovation and the modern monopoly of Strategic Assets.
  • Checkout the Boot Strappers Bible – it’s pure gold!
  • And, as a bonus, the cognitive scientist within me continues to be amazed with Artificial Intelligence and Intelligence Amplification, if also somewhat disturbed.
  • John Stuart Mill had one of the most remarkable upbringings imaginable, as explained early in his Autobiography. In the study of the outstanding, he is worth at least noting… especially when you can read it from your screen!