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Wars of attrition

Difficult challenges turn into wars of attrition. When we realize that victory won’t be quick and easy, we entrench ourselves and brace for a long struggle. This applies to our current political situation, and it also applies to personal challenges. Health issues, financial crises, family conflicts, office politics, addiction battles — they all become tests of endurance …

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If you’re thankful for something, fight for it

If there was ever a year we needed Thanksgiving, it’s this one. This Thanksgiving does not call for platitudes about how we should be grateful for what we have. Gratitude demands something more. If we are thankful for something, we have to fight for it.

Thirty things I love about Orange County

On October 14, 1986, I got up early and drove from my house in Reseda to my new job in Irvine. This would lead me to move to Orange County where I met my wife and started our family. That reason by itself is why I’m glad I came here. Although I’ve been spending a lot …

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Investing in retrospect

My dad died on August 31, 1986. This week not only marks the 30th anniversary of his death, I’m now as old as he was when he died. This has given me a lot to think about.

The right book at the right time

Sometimes, the right book comes at the right time. In my case, it is The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown. It came into my life at a difficult time. A family crisis showed me the limits of seeking perfection and others’ approval. I found myself marking up and dog-earing that book in a way I …

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