Entrepreneurs Get Better with Age – HBR

Entrepreneurs Get Better with Age – Whitney Johnson – Harvard Business Review.

Independent Work May Be Inevitable – Whitney Johnson – Harvard Business Review.

Just as larger businesses provide economic stability to society in the form of higher pay, better medical care, and retirement, experienced workers provide intellectual and emotional ballast in the workplace including innovation expertise. Think about it — disruptive innovation is about playing where no one wants to play (low-end), or has thought of playing (new market).

Disruptive innovation.  The more I think about this term the more I begin to realize it is time to change once again.  As a life underwriting expert witness I’ve played in an area where few underwriters get to play.  As I look back on the recent past expert witness work was never the main focus.  The more I think about this the more I come to realize it is time to refocus.

So where do you want to play?


Discover Your Personal Narrative – HBR

Sure, your personal brand and your message can be focus-grouped and wordsmithed by others. But the best place to look, at least initially, is at the stories you tell, to yourself and about yourself. You’ll start to see patterns and themes — if most of your most meaningful experiences are centered on global leadership, or if the “moral” of most of your stories is about the need for better executive communication, then you’re on your way to finding the essence of your brand.

via Discover Your Personal Narrative – Dorie Clark – Harvard Business Review.

For a short piece this post is one of the more thought provoking blog articles you’ll ever read.  What is your personal narrative?  What stories do you find yourself telling over and over?  What is your true voice?  What defines you?  What is your essence?

Take your time.  This project will take some time.

Latest Facts & Figures Report | Alzheimer’s Association

Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States overall and the 5th leading cause of death for those aged 65 and older. It is the only cause of death among the top 10 in America without a way to prevent it, cure it or even slow its progression. Deaths from Alzheimer’s increased 68 percent between 2000 and 2010, while deaths from other major diseases, including the number one cause of death (heart disease), decreased.

Change in Number of Deaths 2000 - 2010

via Latest Facts & Figures Report | Alzheimer’s Association.

PTSD May Raise Risk of Heart Disease

Through a median of 13 years of follow-up, twins who had PTSD at baseline had a significantly higher rate of incident coronary heart disease compared with those without PTSD (22.6% versus 8.9%), according to Viola Vaccarino, MD, PhD, of Emory University in Atlanta, and colleagues.

The difference was not due to established risk factors, since the association remained significant after adjustment for sociodemographic factors, service in Southeast Asia, lifestyle factors, coronary heart disease risk factors, major depression, and other psychiatric diagnoses (OR 2.1, 95% CI 1.1-3.9), the researchers reported online in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

via PTSD May Raise Risk of Heart Disease.

Red Meat Hikes Diabetes Risk

Individuals who added more than half a serving a day of red meat to their diet saw a 48% increase in their risk of type 2 diabetes onset over the next 4 years compared with those who stayed at that level, An Pan, PhD, of the Harvard School of Public Health and National University of Singapore, and colleagues found.


Cutting intake by the same amount during the first 4 years of follow-up lowered that risk by 14% during the following 12 to 16 years, the researchers reported online in JAMA Internal Medicine.

via Red Meat Hikes Diabetes Risk.

Tandem Parking Spots Sell for $560,000

Bidding began at $42,000. It shot up to six figures within seconds. When the auction ended 15 minutes later, the lucky winner agreed to pay $560,000 — nearly double the $313,000 median sales price of a single-family home in Massachusetts.

“This is just amazing,” said Ken Tutunjian of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, declaring the price a new parking space high. “God bless America.”

via Tandem parking spots sell for $560,000 – Business – The Boston Globe.

Presented without further comment because you really don’t want to know what I think of this!