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I had to reblog this nice piece. Unfortunately mainstream medias are not covering the stories like this one.

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As we approach the cable car to take us to the top of Mount Korek, I’m stunned by the beauty that surrounds me. Bright white snow-capped mountains are all around. They glisten in the sunshine and despite the sub-zero temperatures give off a warm glow. And all is peaceful. A sharp contrast, I imagine, to 20 years ago, when gunfire must have echoed among these mountains and blood stained the snow.Me at the top of Mount Korek

But this no longer the battleground of Iraqi Kurds and Saddam Hussein’s regime. Thanks in part to a no-fly zone put in place 21 years ago, during the first Iraq war, and the more recent US-led invasion of 2003, some tranquillity has returned. The fall of the former dictator has given a once-persecuted people the security to rebuild and develop this now semi-autonomous region.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger: Life’s 6 Rules of Success

Really solid, inspiring and motivating. He has the track record to back it up. One drawback, the background cheesy music can get really annoying.

Here is the full version originally used during the Governor’s 2009 USC Commencement Address.

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Six Rules on How to Be Successful

1. Trust yourself
2. Break some rules
3. Don’t be afraid to fail
4. Ignore the naysayers
5. Work like hell
6. Give something back.

Reposted from Opinisa
Arnold’s 6 Rules to Success:

1. Trust yourself

Many young people are getting so much advice from their parents and from their teachers and from everyone. But what is most important is that you have to dig deep down, dig deep down and ask yourselves, who do you want to be? Not what, but who. Figure out for yourselves what makes you happy, no matter how crazy it may sound to other people.

2. Break the Rules

Break the rules, not the law, but break the rules. It is impossible to be a maverick or a true original if you’re too well behaved and don’t want to break the rules. You have to think outside the box. That’s what I believe. After all, what is the point of being on this earth if all you want to do is be liked by everyone and avoid trouble?

3. Don’t Be Afraid to Fail

Anything I’ve ever attempted, I was always willing to fail. So you can’t always win, but don’t afraid of making decisions. You can’t be paralyzed by fear of failure or you will never push yourself. You keep pushing because you believe in yourself and in your vision and you know that it is the right thing to do, and success will come. So don’t be afraid to fail.

4. Don’t Listen to the Naysayers

How many times have you heard that you can’t do this and you can’t do that and it’s never been done before? I love it when someone says that no one has ever done this before, because then when I do it that means that I’m the first one that has done it. So pay no attention to the people that say it can’t be done. I never listen to, “You can’t.” (Applause) I always listen to myself and say, “Yes, you can.”

5. Work Your Butt Off

You never want to fail because you didn’t work hard enough. Mohammed Ali, one of my great heroes, had a great line in the ’70s when he was asked, “How many sit-ups do you do?” He said, “I don’t count my sit-ups. I only start counting when it starts hurting. When I feel pain, that’s when I start counting, because that’s when it really counts.” That’s what makes you a champion. No pain, no gain.
But when you’re out there partying, horsing around, someone out there at the same time is working hard. Someone is getting smarter and someone is winning. Just remember that. Now, if you want to coast through life, don’t pay attention to any of those rules. But if you want to win, there is absolutely no way around hard, hard work. Just remember, you can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets.

6. Give Back

Whatever path that you take in your lives, you must always find time to give something back, something back to your community, give something back to your state or to your country.

Remember these 6 rules. Trust yourself, break some rules, don’t be afraid to fail, ingore the naysayers, work like hell, and give something back.

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Commencement Address
University of Southern California
May 15, 2009

Really Bright 9 Year Old Discusses the Meaning of Life and the Universe

This kid is really bright.

CNN, Fox, MSNBC: The News Organizations You Can Trust

Who cares about what’s going in the world? You can also count on the big 3 to stay informed.

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Epic Sports Pictures

Don’t have time to put a solid blog together so here are some epic sports pictures.

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Berkshire Hathaway 2012’s Shareholder Letter

Warren Buffett’s latest masterpiece. By now I hope do not have to explain why this is a must read for anyone that wants to learn more about the investing world. You want to be a better investor? Read this and all the other ones.

Berkshire Hathaway 2012 Shareholder Letter

Happy Reading!

Here are some of the news out there about it’s release:

Wall Street Journal: 2012 Returns Were Subpar

Fortune: Warren Buffett Stays Mum on Successor

Business Insider: Warren Buffett Explains Buying Newspapers

The Atlantic: Warren Buffett to American CEOs: Please Stop Complaining About Uncertainty

The Motley Fool: Warren Buffett on Risk, Optimism and Ketchup

Sport Analytics and Valuation and The Future of Sports – (Article + Videos)

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Sports analytics is a constant rising field with a debatable side to it. Thanks in part to the movie/book Moneyball, sports analytics made its way into a mainstream affair. This is one of the rare areas where geeks and sports come together. Numbers are a hip thing. Stats geeks, number crunchers, business professionals and sports executives all come together once a year at the Sloan Sports Conference to learn about the latest and there is nothing to take lightly. It’s one of the fastest growing conferences in the world and old school industry folks are taking the geeks more and more seriously and the results are there to prove it. Anything to get an edge right?

What is sports analytics: The field was born out of baseball by Bill James in 1977, the pioneer of sabermetrics. It’s the process of using techniques from data mining, statistics and economics to model performance and sporting contests. It’s applied for purposes of in-game strategy, player performance/evaluation, team management, sports operations, drafting, and fantasy competitions, among many other topics.

Former MIT analytics professor Daryl Morey is the general manager of Houston Rockets. The New England Patriots are huge on advanced statistics. Half of the NHL team has analytics experts in their management.

Not everyone is a believer. A lot of non-stat people are skeptical. I also don’t think that a professional athlete that gives his 110% want to hear about a geek that never threw a football predict his future performance and therefore influencing his future contract (unless it’s way up) with a nice fancy mathematical model. Certain sports are more stats oriented. Stats in baseball can be measure in isolation. But in hockey? You have 10 guys in constant motion. It’s way more difficult to isolate certain variables. One thing that makes it more acceptable is that stats are measurable and you can interpret it with a nice story.

I have a foot on each side of the fence. I love stats but I’m not an expert on them. Too much stat might just cloud your judgment and not enough of them might lead you to the wrong decisions. I’m still not convinced that you can go all the way by simply making decisions based on stats. Or can you? More and more teams are relying on specialty analytics boutique with proprietary technology and they have a lot of success. For me it’s important to factor a player’s work ethics, attitude, leadership, and confidence. How do you put a number on confidence? How do you measure attitude? What effects does a certain player’s leadership have on the stats of other players? Or maybe it’s already reflected in the historical performance. It’s certainly an interesting field. You can’t deny it anymore. It’s not just some mystic shady science. One company is able to map out a player’s performance simply based on certain keywords from a player’s interviews and they are fairly accurate. (The same technology is used in politics too.) You certainly can’t deny that it’s seriously growing fast and it’s gaining more and more influence in the sports landscape.

And by the way, analytic firms were strongly against the Philadelphia Flyers signing goalie Ilya Brizgalov to a $US51 million contract.

Below is a mini collection of videos of people involved the sports analytics field. You find material on sports franchise valuation, Mark Cuban, famous super baseball agent Scott Boras, sports gambling, fantasy sports, the general manager of the Houston Astros Jeff Luhnow. Most of the videos are from the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.

Joe McNulty: The Analytics of Sports Franchise Valuation

Mark Cuban one-on-one with Bill Simmons at the Sports Analytics Conference


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