Make a Decision and Make Monkey Brain Stick to It

The Law of the Letter: The best way to inspire fresh thoughts is to seal the letter. “It doesn’t matter which side of the fence you get off on sometimes. What matters most is getting off.” –Jim Rohn Has this ever happened to you? You’re at a nice restaurant that you’ve never been to. Everything […]

What is That Pack of Cigarettes Really Costing You?

“A cigar has…a fire at one end and a fool at the other.” –Horace Greely “A custom loathsome to the eye, hateful to the nose, harmful to the brain, dangerous to the lungs, and in the black, stinking fume thereof nearest resembling the horrible Stygian smoke of the pit that is bottomless.” –James I of […]

Why Does Financial Planning Affect Your Net Worth?

“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” –Yogi Berra Hey! Psst! Could you use an extra $185,750*? *It’s an average. No guarantees. YMMV. We all could, right? Want to know how? Read on. $307,750: Median wealth of investors who did financial planning, vs. $122,000 for nonplanners. #MONEYnumber — Money […]

Novocain for Monkey Brain

“If only one man dies of hunger, that is a tragedy. If millions die, that’s only statistics.” –Joseph Stalin You have an opportunity to donate to a charity. Charity A can provide clean drinking water to a refugee camp with 11,000 people. Efforts from this charity will save 4,500 lives. Charity B can provide clean […]

Monkey Brain Takes a Placebo: Part 2

“A placebo works only if the patient believes it’s an effective medicine. Within strict limits, hope, it seems, can be transformed into biochemistry.” –Carl Sagan As we saw in the previous article, the body has an amazing ability to heal itself. However, sometimes, we need to kick-start that capability by fooling the body into thinking […]

Monkey Brain Takes a Placebo

“I said that the cure itself is a certain leaf, but in addition to the drug there is a certain charm, which if someone chants when he makes use of it, the medicine altogether restores him to health, but without the charm there is no profit from the leaf.” –Plato When I was a little […]