NextEra Energy as Dividend Investment

Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock, you are aware of the concept of cord cutting.  Cord cutting is most common in the disruption of large media companies by people cutting their cable TV subscriptions. Next to cigarette companies, cable companies probably have the worst reputations ever for customer service and satisfaction. People hate their cable companies… And any opportunity to get back some control, save money and gain freedom is welcome by consumers. Consumers are increasingly cord cutting by shifting to on-demand media that they can get from any…

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Working from Home? You Need to Get Out.

Get out of the house

Working from home has its benefits but exposure is not one of them… Without exposure to the outside world, you can suffer and grow moss. Have you ever noticed that when you’re working at Starbucks or your local coffee shop that you are more engaged in your work? The extra productivity you feel happens because you are in a competition with the others around you who you can see and who can see you. Everyone is there to DO something… You are also more productive when you just get out,…

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Tesla Phone?

What would happen if Elon Musk announced that Tesla was building a phone…?  Like Apple, Tesla is admired as both a technology company and a luxury product company. Steve Jobs was a master presenter.  Elon Musk is not a master, but he is very charismatic and successfully builds buzz around every new Tesla product launch.  Tesla also has manufacturing prowess and Elon Musk is a genius when it comes to technology.  Tesla could take the same approach that it took with its vehicles and launch an extremely high end phone…

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Connected to Community at Birth

Working from home requires discipline… The devices in our pockets can connect us to almost anyone in the world… But sometimes it feels more lonely than ever. This can lead to introspection which can cause us to stumble into more loneliness. To quote Brooks, “…The stumbler requires community.” As the way we work, connect and learn changes, public libraries are evolving too, transforming from transactional spots (“Thanks for the book!”) to experiential destinations (“Why don’t we meet there…?”). The Dokk1 library on the waterfront in Aarhus, Denmark has taken the experiential…

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Will “AGI Syndrome” Be a Thing?

The technology driven hierarchy of human vs. artificial intelligence is shifting from us being at the top of the food chain to being second in command… And Max Tegmark’s new “Life 3.0” provides a distinct “heads up” message to us to prepare yourself (or your kids) for a future when we may no longer be in control.  If and when we are forced to relinquish our top dog status… What new uniquely human psychological maladies can we expect to emerge? When we lose control, what psychological issues will arise…? Will…

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Thousands of Tiny Acts

Struggle to complete thousands of small uncomfortable acts that you know are necessary for your success. It adds up over time. Be disciplined in doing the things that you CAN DO. Are you unable or unwilling to do the work…? YOU CAN. You are afraid to. Act. Act and be aware of your actions as you are acting… Say to yourself, “I am doing ________ right now…” Where would you be today if you had been disciplined doing the uncomfortable work, starting ten years ago? Keep your goals and what…

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The End Result

The goal you are working toward should be measurable and you should remind yourself of what it is on a daily basis. So much changes from day to day that it’s easy to forget what we started out toward in the first place. Keeping from getting distracted is a major challenge. Priorities are subject to influences, but your principles shouldn’t change.  Write down your principles – What are they?  Do not forget what you are working toward – What is it?  What do you need to DO every day to…

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Amazon’s Hidden Liabilities

Like you, I use Amazon often and for an increasing number of things.  As reported in today’s Wall Street Journal, Amazon’s growth and expansion into new markets is unparalleled… It’s efficiency in operations is also a sight to behold. With its technology powered by energy intensive 24/7/365 data centers, Amazon needs only half as many workers to sell $100 worth of merchandise as a conventional retailer, such as Macy’s does.  And yet it pays almost no corporate tax because it is not profitable. Amazon’s lack of profit is not news, Amazon…

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Periodic Table of Personal Development

Periodic Table of Personal Development

Maslow estimated that only 1% of society self-actualizes… Dayyum. Oh well. But for the rest of us… Who knew a lifetime of trial and error and striving for personal integrity could be so much fun? Me? I’m making up for lost time and learning from my surrogate brothers from other mothers. Thank you to Seth, Tim and Jocko!  

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Carbon is Dead

The 100% renewable train has left the station and it’s gathering momentum, running over whatever stands in its way. Over 100 companies have signed on to a pledge to achieve 100% renewable power, some by as soon as 2020… The latest include JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Citi. A 100% renewable energy future means not only reducing the energy we consume, but also shifting our consumption away from fossil fuels. The commitments are impressive and the opportunities it could create are massive. Developing sustainable businesses is a great strategy for…

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