Author Archives: jamesg_oca

Retirement

There is one market which I think has the potential to grow significantly over the next few years: retirement. At present, many people believe that you should work until you reach the age of 65 or 70, and then spend … Continue reading

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Defining Your Principles

Yesterday I wrote a Tweet which asked what important lessons schools do not teach that people should still learn. There was no correct answer to this question, but the amount of responses I received on this Tweet reminded me of … Continue reading

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Learning From Failure

One of the key factors that has helped Silicon Valley become so successful is its culture around failure. In SV, failure is considered practice for success, rather than an excuse to give up. Indeed, in other places around the world, … Continue reading

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Purpose

There is one fundamental question that my thoughts have naturally gravitated toward recently: “What do you want to do with your life?”. I have not been analyzing this question solely from my perspective — as in, what I want to … Continue reading

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Playing the Long-Term Game

Most people are playing short-term games — they are more interested in immediate feedback than compounding effects. The prospects of a quick reward for their work — a bonus, new title, recognition, et cetera — are more important to them … Continue reading

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Internally Driven

I have recently wrote that being yourself is a major competitive advantage — nobody can compete with you in being you. Upon further reflection, it should be noted that in order to be one’s self, they need to be internally … Continue reading

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Authenticity

Humans are naturally driven to follow the crowds. We believe in doing what everyone else is doing because it gives us a feeling of acceptance — we are similar to everyone else. Humans naturally do not want to take big … Continue reading

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Advice

Every day we will hear people give advice to others. Sometimes, it starts with “Let me give you some advice…”, and other times it is more informal. Everyone, even those who lack relevant experience, gives advice to other people in … Continue reading

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Career Plans

Over the last year or so, many people have reached out to me and have asked “What are you going to do after school? Are you going to pursue college? Get a full-time job?” I have had to answer this … Continue reading

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A Degree from San Francisco

I do not live in San Francisco, although have dreamed of doing so for a while. One of the most common pieces of advice I hear from people about pursuing my dreams is to move over to San Francisco — … Continue reading

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