Some Interesting Stories #1

Every now and then ‘the news’ produces an interesting story that flies dangerously close to the ground.  It therefore fails to register on our radars, which are primed to catch those important-sounding-but-personally-irrelevant ones instead.

I thought it might prove useful if I gathered some of these together at semi-random intervals for your perusal.  Their general theme is covered by the four main training areas of Sensei: Thinking, Learning, Communicating and Performing.

So here goes.

The secrets of changing the world looks at the personal qualities of the world’s greatest contemporary innovators: an indestructible will, passion beyond reason, outrageous optimism, a super-sized ego, and the rebel yell.  Oops, I only have one of these.  As for the rest, optimism can be learned.  The super-sized ego thing makes me flinch, even though I suspect it’s true.

Market trading: How hard can it be? Darn good question.  This article surprised me in that it doesn’t place skill with numbers at the top of the list.  Instead it talks about the importance of the right kind of psychology instead, one that looks to the long-term and evaluates risk dispassionately.  But above all, information is king.  There’s also a good glossary of ‘trader speak’.

Superheroes ‘poor role models for boys’ says some idiot psychological society.  Makes me sick.  But wait!  Turns out what they mean is contemporary superheroes in contrast to the heroes of yesteryear who had a strong sense of responsibility and ethics.  I’m half convinced.  Big difference between The Lone Ranger and The Punisher, true.  Frank Castle kills the bad guys instead of just knocking them out.  But which character is more realistic and nuanced?  Isn’t there value in this?

Add to this blog by sending in your almost-missed stories!

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4 comments

  1. Dean, thanks for the comment. Funny you should mention Kiyosaki. I’m reading Rich Dad’s Guide To Investing at the moment, after it was recommended to me by financial guru Daniel McVicker. What surprised me about the book is the amount of time the author takes describing how to build up your business as an aspect of investing!

    I agree about the need for financial education. Teachers talk about ‘financial literacy’ and ‘financial intelligence’. Whatever you call it, we need to bring it into the classroom ASAP instead of all that irrelevant rubbish we were landed with instead. There are signs, though, that a change is happening here: see Schools bring the boardroom to the classroom.

    Thanks for pointing out that Rich Dad is coming to NI Dean! See you there?

  2. Hey guys loved the article on Market Trading something I’ve become interested in after reading Rich Dad Poor Dad.

    Have you heard of this site http://www.fool.co.uk/

    I haven’t been on it in years but your article reminded me of it. In Rich Dad Poor Dad it says how if you want to become wealthy you need to be financially educated. Motley Fool is the perfect aid to your financial education.

    A friend of mine gave me a flyer for a Rich Dad Poor Dad training session happening in Belfast at the end of next week. You can register for it here and it’s free from what I can see. I imagine they will want you to sign up to some programme but it would be interesting to see how they do things.

    http://www.richdadeducation.com/register2.aspx?sid=1-1G97I8

    Loving the blog

    Dean

  3. Ivan, thanks for pointing out a good article on a great blog site. I particularly like the way it exposes the fact that everyone thinks themselves immune to social proof due largely to lack of self-knowledge.
    For those who want to explore influence at bit more, you might be interested that ‘social’ proof’ is one of Robert Cialdini’s six principles of persuasion: http://www.rickross.com/reference/brainwashing/brainwashing20.html

  4. Hi Alan,

    this article about persuasion is interesting.

    http://www.spring.org.uk/2010/08/persuasion-the-third-person-effect.php

    it’s about using social proof to sell more products to cautious customers.

    Ivan

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