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Human Ingenuity

Good Luck and Godspeed – No. 2

Good Luck and Godspeed

Montgomery Wealth Advisors

Welcome to Good Luck and Godspeed, a weekly dose of rational optimism.

It represents my desire to provide you, my healthcare leader readers, with something interesting, helpful, and not necessarily healthcare-related.
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“Writing is hard work. A clear sentence is no accident. Very few sentences come out right the first time, or even the third time. Remember this in moments of despair. If you find that writing is hard, it’s because it is hard.”
 
– William Zinsser, On Writing Well

Consider This

“Are you paralyzed with fear? That’s a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember one rule of thumb: the more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.”
 
– Steven Pressfield

Recommended Reading

It was recently recommended to me that all advisors should read Paul Sabin's The Bet. Sabin walks the reader through the environmental catastrophism of the 60s and 70s with entomologist, perennial doomsayer, and regular Johnny Carson guest Paul Ehrlich at center stage.
 
Ehrlich is contrasted with Julian Simon, a little-known economist willing to challenge everything Ehrlich stood for and put money on the line to prove it. It's a riveting drama that left me with one distinct takeaway: never bet against human ingenuity.
 
I agree; all advisors should read this, but so should you. The future is bright.

Things to Ponder

Now that I am well into in my fifth decade, as my doctor so delicately put it yesterday, I have been working hard the last few years to exercise regularly with a focus of putting on muscle. It's been brutally difficult, but to my delight, I have been successful.
 
I bring my notebook to the gym. (My wife mocks me mercilessly. You have an iPhone! But what can I say, I am old school). Tracking my workouts has actually allowed me to see in black and white how I have improved.
 
So far so good, but I neglected one thing: diet. Ahh, the lifelong struggle.
 
I've yo-yoed like so many others, but I'm hoping that comes to and end. Fortunately, I stumbled on upon Judson's Brewer's The Hunger Habit. So far it has been an immense help in reframing the 'why' behind my eating habits rather than giving me a prescription to follow.
 
I highly recommend it if you are on any kind of health journey.

Extras

Forgive me, this is somewhat healthcare related. Researchers are using enzymes from gut bacteria to convert various blood types into the universal donor type O. There is still a lot of work to do, but it could could help alleviate blood shortages and streamline transfusions. The Economist printed this jewel on my birthday.

Good luck and godspeed,

John

P.S. Congrats to any and all who have graduates! 8th grade, 12th grade, college. Kudos! Consider directing your graduate to David Foster Wallace's famous commencement address, This is Water.

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