This is a speech by John Gardner delivered in 1990 to McKinsey & Company: I’m going to talk about “Self-Renewal.” One of your most fundamental tasks is the renewal of the organizations you serve, and that usually includes persuading the top officers to accomplish a certain amount of self-renewal. But to help you think about others … Read More
Written by Marc Andreessen Every Western institution was unprepared for the coronavirus pandemic, despite many prior warnings. This monumental failure of institutional effectiveness will reverberate for the rest of the decade, but it’s not too early to ask why, and what we need to do about it. Many of us would like to pin the … Read More
Written by Clayton M. Christensen Before I published The Innovator’s Dilemma, I got a call from Andrew Grove, then the chairman of Intel. He had read one of my early papers about disruptive technology, and he asked if I could talk to his direct reports and explain my research and what it implied for Intel. … Read More
Remarks by Jeff Bezos, as delivered to the Princeton University Class of 2010 Baccalaureate May 30, 2010 As a kid, I spent my summers with my grandparents on their ranch in Texas. I helped fix windmills, vaccinate cattle, and do other chores. We also watched soap operas every afternoon, especially “Days of our Lives.” My … Read More
Written by Maya Angelou When great trees fall, rocks on distant hills shudder, lions hunker down in tall grasses, and even elephants lumber after safety. When great trees fall in forests, small things recoil into silence, their senses eroded beyond fear. When great souls die, the air around us becomes light, rare, sterile. We breathe, … Read More
Running A Successful Company: Ten Rules That Worked for Me From Sam Walton, Made in America, June 1992 This isn’t the first time that I’ve been asked to come up with a list of rules for success, but it is the first time I’ve actually sat down and done it. I’m glad I did because … Read More
Written by Eduardo Porter, The New York Times Could the world order survive without growing? It’s hard to imagine now, but humanity made do with little or no economic growth for thousands of years. In Byzantium and Egypt, income per capita at the end of the first millennium was lower than at the dawn of the Christian … Read More
Written by Drew Dickson, Albert Bridge Capital This is going to be an uncharacteristic departure for me. This story is deeply personal, for our family, and for our oldest son in particular. But it is a story he’s letting me tell, because it is a story he wants people to hear. My son Max was … Read More
Saturday Night Live’s Millennial Millions
Written by David Brooks Our individualistic culture inflames the ego and numbs the spirit. Failure teaches us who we are. Many of the people I admire lead lives that have a two-mountain shape. They got out of school, began their career, started a family and identified the mountain they thought they were meant to climb … Read More
Hard Choices: The Importance of Thoughtful Deliberation – And its Implications for the Future of Capitalism
A speech written and delivered by Seth Klarman before Harvard Business School students and alumni at the opening of Klarman Hall I suspect there’s a great deal that most of us can agree on about capitalism. The free enterprise system, of which HBS is an essential part, has lifted billions of people around the world out of … Read More
America’s deteriorating public credit is the cold-button issue of the 2018 midterms. With rare bipartisanship, Democrats and Republicans compete to pretend that the country isn’t going broke. In 1992, the third-party presidential candidate Ross Perot likened the widening gap between federal receipts and federal spending to “the crazy aunt tucked away in the room upstairs nobody talks about.”
This is the 2018 Harvard University Commencement Address by Pete Davis, a Candidate for Juris Doctor, on the importance of picking a path for your career, life, relationships or ethics, and sticking to that path to see it through.
This video features an interview with Kiril Sokoloff, an investor who closely tracks advances in technology and both their current and future effects on world markets.
Jocko Willink is an acclaimed podcaster. This video uploaded for Memorial Day of 2018 reminds us all to remember those who have bravely and selflessly served our country.
Since 1990, Oaktree Capital’s Howard Marks has been routinely publishing memos to memorialize lessons he has learned, insights he has had, and effects of current events on the markets. His memos provide unique clarity into the world around us as it relates to financial markets and the investments we make.
Since 1977, Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholders are candid and insightful glimpses into how the company sees the world and in turn makes investments.
Our current policy is to invest all of our retained investor’s capital (and then some) when we think we can achieve our targeted hurdle rates. When we can’t find enough attractive investments, we plan to maintain our hurdle rates and build cash for as long as our shareholders and board will allow. We believe that … Read More
Blockchain is not only crappy technology but a bad vision for the future. Its failure to achieve adoption to date is because systems built on trust, norms, and institutions inherently function better than the type of no-need-for-trusted-parties systems blockchain envisions. That’s permanent: no matter how much blockchain improves it is still headed in the wrong … Read More
Rex Tillerson’s Commencement speech at the Virginia Military Institute.
For decades my carpenter father, who died in 2009, always carried a small wood level in his pocket. He would fish it out and place it on the nearest horizontal surface: shelves, mantels, stairs—even sidewalks. At the neighbor’s, when he thought no one was looking, he would sneak it out and go to work. Is … Read More
Bob Hall was a rancher. In 1936, in the midst of the Depression, he was suffering from a cancer that was eating the flesh on the side of his face. His ranch had dwindled to nearly nothing, and weeks after bankers took the last of his livestock, Hall died, leaving his family deeply in debt. … Read More
One thing I love about customers is that they are divinely discontent. Their expectations are never static – they go up. It’s human nature. We didn’t ascend from our hunter-gatherer days by being satisfied. People have a voracious appetite for a better way, and yesterday’s ‘wow’ quickly becomes today’s ‘ordinary’. I see that cycle of … Read More
To create a better everyday life for the many people By offering a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them. We have decided once and for all to side with the many. What is good for our customers … Read More
A sermon written by Dr. Bob Moorehead of Seattle’s Overlake Christian ChurchWe have taller buildings but shorter tempers; wider freeways but narrower viewpoints; we spend more but have less; we buy more but enjoy it less; we have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, yet less time; we have more degrees but less sense; … Read More
By Warren BuffettI have good news. First, most American children are going to live far better than their parents did. Second, large gains in the living standards of Americans will continue for many generations to come.Some years back, people generally agreed with my optimism. Today, however, pollsters find that most Americans are pessimistic about their … Read More
By Morten T. HansenMost Americans work impossibly hard. We put in long hours and maximum effort, but better performance often eludes us. I’m no exception. I remember being in my 20s and landing my dream job as a management consultant at the posh London office of the U.S.-based Boston Consulting Group. I strode through the … Read More
Abby Davis, a political science major from Avon Lake, Ohio, who graduated with a 3.99 GPA, delivers the Valedictory Address at the 171st University of Notre Dame Commencement Ceremony on May 15.
Senator John McCain’s remarks after receiving the 2017 Liberty MedalThank you, Joe [Biden], my old, dear friend, for those mostly undeserved kind words. Vice President Biden and I have known each other for a lot of years now, more than forty, if you’re counting. We knew each other back when we were young and handsome … Read More
My 19 year old son Zach just finished his first summer internship. Back in May, a few days before he started his internship, I sent him this email…Zach, as you begin your first serious internship, I wanted to share some advice. When I started my first job, I wish someone would have sat me down … Read More
Written by Jean M. Twenge One day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. She answered her phone—she’s had an iPhone since she was 11—sounding as if she’d just woken up. We chatted about her favorite songs and TV shows, and I asked her what she likes to do … Read More
Jocko Willink hosts this podcast. View his channel by clicking here.
Written by Michael GriffinIn April 2011, an Ariane 5 rocket hurled the “New Dawn” communications satellite into geostationary Earth orbit some 36,000 kilometers above the Earth. The $250 million satellite successfully released a set of pins that had held its primary antenna in a folded configuration during launch; however, the antenna did not unfold. Hobbled … Read More
Sam Harris hosts his own podcast. View his channel by clicking here.
By Paul Mozur and Jane Perlez March 22, 2017HONG KONG — When the United States Air Force wanted help making military robots more perceptive, it turned to a Boston-based artificial intelligence start-up called Neurala. But when Neurala needed money, it got little response from the American military.So Neurala turned to China, landing an undisclosed sum from … Read More
Mission:The Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center is a state-owned facility designed to promote modernization in cybersecurity technology for private and public industries through unique education, training, research, and practical applications.Vision:The Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center will be recognized as a world-class cyber range and training facility focused on developing the next generation cyber … Read More
Jocko Willink hosts his own podcast. View his channel by clicking here.
A recent survey asked “All things considered, do you think the world is getting better or worse, or neither getting better nor worse?”. In Sweden 10% thought things are getting better, in the US they were only 6%, and in Germany only 4%. Very few people think that the world is getting better. What is … Read More
Written by Stephen MihmShortly before Christmas, the U.S. Census Bureau put some coal in the nation’s holiday stocking. It released data highlighting a worrisome trend: The population grew a subdued 0.7 percent, the lowest rate of growth since the Great Depression years of 1936 and 1937. Declines in the birthrate and the slowing pace of … Read More
IntroductionThe University of Georgia is uniquely positioned to significantly enhance education and workforce development, new discovery and statewide knowledge transfer to benefit the State of Georgia and our partners in cybersecurity and defense. The Athens campus of the state’s most comprehensive institution of higher learning is in close geographic proximity to Ft. Gordon, and UGA … Read More
Tim Ferriss is a host of a popular podcast. In this week’s episode he interviews Jocko Willink on Discipline, Leadership and Overcoming.
Written by Peggy Noonan What do I think about when I think about that day? The firemen who climbed “the stairway to Heaven” with 50, 60 pounds of gear. The people who called from Windows on the World and said: “I just want you to know I love you.” The men on the plane who … Read More
By Fernando del Pino December 2015 When I was kindly invited by our founder to make a presentation in our first meeting, I thought it would be interesting to bring out some global views on what I believe is a multi- generational decline of the Western civilization rather than talking about the very interesting but … Read More
Tim Ferriss is a host of a popular podcast. In this week’s episode he interviews General Stanley McChrystal.
Written by Lori Johnston (ABJ ’95 UGA) and Jeremy Bales (AB, ABJ ’01 UGA) and published in the December 2014 issue of GEORGIA MAGAZINE The Statue of Liberty looms in the distance through the floor-to-ceiling windows on the 27th floor of Citi’s Greenwich Street offices in the Tribeca neighborhood of Lower Manhattan. Bethany McCain (AB, … Read More
Admiral William McRaven (USN, Retired) 2014 Commencement Address University of Texas at Austin President Powers, Provost Fenves, Deans, members of the faculty, family and friends and most importantly, the class of 2014. Congratulations on your achievement.It’s been almost 37 years to the day that I graduated from UT. I remember a lot of things about that … Read More
Bud Day was perhaps the bravest of the brave at the Hanoi Hilton.After serving as a U.S. Marine in World War II, a normal man might have concluded that he had done more than his share of military service. And anyone still alive after his parachute failed to open upon ejection from an Air Force … Read More
I was scheduled to speak about the world outlook at an investment conference recently and shortly before my time slot the conference organizer said the audience was more interested in what I had learned over the course of my career than what I had to say about the market. I jotted a few notes down … Read More