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The Obesity Epidemic and Why Most Public Health Initiatives Don’t Work


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Obesity Rates in United States - 2012 (CDC)

The following is part of a conversation I had with someone in the field of Public Health. It’s an email I sent explaining why the push from government to curb obesity is doomed to failure. 

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Apr 3

Another Tip For Strengthening The Relationships Around You


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Here’s another tip for strengthening the relationships around you:

Write down the birthdays of the people you care about (or want to get closer to).

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Case Study on Negotiation: Negotiating With Steve Jobs


('Thanks' to Chris Horner for passing the this story along)

This is an excellent article on creative thinking in times of crisis. An entrepreneur facing an ultimatum from Steve Jobs negotiates a deal to sell her product to Jobs’ new tech company, NeXT.

Some of the lessons learned are invaluable.

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NCAA Tournament 2014: Strategies For An Optimal Bracket


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The NCAA Basketball Tournament is upon us again. It’s one of the few times I actually watch college basketball.

It’s the start of bracket frenzy.

While last year’s results were disappointing, the strategies I’ll employ in my pools haven’t changed. In bracket pools—-and life—-, you get the best results when you keep one eye on what everyone else is doing.

I use a few elements of game theory to guide my choices. I’ve managed a respectable showing over the years in tournament pools.

On to my bracket and notes on strategy……

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My 2014 Bracket

Winner: Florida
Finals: Florida, Louisville
Final Four: Florida, MSU, Arizona, Louisville
Dark Horse: Baylor

My 2014 Bracket

Winner: Florida

Finals: Florida, Louisville

Final Four: Florida, MSU, Arizona, Louisville

Dark Horse: Baylor

Mar 6

Does Your Character Impact Your Ability To Lose Fat?


Over at Fathead, Tom Naughton explores the murky relationship between effort and results in the world of fat loss:

But wait … genetics is also a matter of biochemistry. So we’re looking at Chemistry x Effort x Chemistry.

That’s why I say weight loss is mostly about chemistry, not character. Knowing that is hardly an excuse to give up. If anything causes people to give up, it’s effort and sacrifice that isn’t rewarded. That’s why the gyms become less and less crowded the farther we get from New Year’s and all those resolutions. Understanding that chemistry is a big part of the equation and choosing accordingly is what enables our efforts to finally succeed.

Sourcehttp://www.fathead-movie.com/index.php/2014/02/24/character-vs-chemistry-part-five/


Through the use of several excellent analogies, he makes the case for taking a closer look at why people have trouble shedding fat (New Year’s Eve resolutions, notwithstanding). 

Tom’s blog is always a good read

Mar 3

The Psychology of Pricing


The following is an email I sent to the founder of a new subscription-based newsletter. He’s highly-regarded within his industry and I’ve purchased his products before. The introductory price to join the service is less than $3.00 a month.

It’s a discussion on the psychology of pricing.

{Email starts below}

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You Can’t Make Them Love You (Part 2)


In Part 1, I made the case for treating universal attraction like unicorns; neither one exists.

Now, let’s explore some things that can tilt the odds in your favor.

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