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I tell my kids, what is the difference between a hero and a
coward? What is the difference between being yellow and
being brave? No difference. Only what you do. They both feel
the same. They both fear dying and getting hurt. The man who
is yellow refuses to face up to what he’s got to face. The
hero is more disciplined and he fights those feelings off
and he does what he has to do. But they both feel the same,
the hero and the coward. People who watch you judge you on
what you do, not how you feel.
— Cus D’amato, legendary boxing trainer
I told my wife today how a song about Heidi plays every Friday
at 17:00 in our Zürich office. It marks the end of a working
week and the start of our local TGIF. My wife went to YouTube
to search for it. She opened one of the first few results and
asked me if that’s the one. (Watch only the first minute.)
The past year was excellent regarding quantity and quality of
books I read. It would make me ecstatic if I could repeat it
this year too (a man can dream). Here are my top picks from
In my yearly review of 2017, I wrote about how different
generations in my family have lived their lives and what
technologies and life improvements they’ve seen for the first
time. My description was based solely on conversations with
family members and my memory. However, this year, I learned
about Rosling’s country levels framework used by Gapminder
Foundation. People living in extreme poverty are on level 1
while most affluent people in the world live on level 4. The
majority live somewhere in the middle.
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