Just a few more days left in 2018 - but not that few: go out and enjoy them and know there are amazing opportunities lurking. EVERY day matters.....make today count!
DID YOU KNOW? "They" say inflation is around 2%, yet in a big city like New York, I suspect it may be much higher: Beginning New Year’s Day, New York City cab riders south of 96th Street will pay a $2.50 fee 24/7 on the most traffic-clogged streets in Manhattan, bringing the starting rate for a ride to $5.80. Those hailing an Uber or Lyft will have a $2.75 surcharge. This is supposed to "curb congestion", yet anyone with half a brain knows its purely a disguised tax to pay for the MTA. (WSJ)
DID YOU KNOW? It's a crazy world out there.... who would have expected: Paintings created by Artificial Intelligence at Art Basel Miami? Riots and mayhem in Paris before Christmas? Tornadoes in December in the Midwest? Qatar quits OPEC?
DID YOU KNOW? Apple plans to wait till at least 2020 to release a 5G i-phone. (Bloomberg)
DID YOU KNOW? Is a "Santa Rally" in the works? With a truce in the China-US trade war, you never know.....
I spent most of this past Thanksgiving away with my partner's 89-year old mother who was in a rehab facility recovering from a fall. One of the magnificent nurses told me the thing she enjoys most about her job is hearing all the stories of her 'guests' and learning from those who are near the end of their lives who have lived full, rich experiences that only a full lifetime can deliver. So as we bid farewell to the US's 41st president, here are some positive life lessons I'll take away from George H. W. Bush's life that are worth repeating:
1. It's all about 'we' not 'me'. Give credit to those around you for your successes. One human is not capable of great things without many others.
2. Develop and nurture deep relationships and friendships.
3. Family matters. Keep close bonds with your family.
4. Be nice, but not weak.
5. Don't forget to say 'thank you'.
6. Do your best, try your hardest. Pay your dues.
7. Don't let 'losing' stop you. You cannot 'win' everything. Recover quickly. (Bounce back with passion?)
8. Life does not stop at 80: you can remain very relevant till the day you die.
9. Do that which is best for the greater good, not just you and your career.
10. Collaborate with those who are your friends and those you compete with.
11. Devote yourself to the betterment of others: be charitable and give back.
12. Be humble.
I strongly urge anyone wanting to learn through experience to spend some time with an elderly friend or relative (or stranger): you will be amazed by their stories of a full life, and it may help you put into perspective your own role here on earth.
Have a MAGNANIMOUS Monday!