Friday Stream of Consciousness – 136

Featuring: Jenner, Buffett, and Junipero Serra

stream of consciousness

Here’s what I’m thinking about this morning:

  • Most people think of finance when they think of Warren Buffett. Rightfully so. He is the greatest investor in the history of the world. Here’s an interesting fact and a couple of quotes worth thinking about from Getting There: a Book of Mentors.
  • Buffett was turned down to Harvard Business School (whoops), and graduated from Columbia University’s school of business instead. However, he has neither that degree nor his degree from the University of Nebraska on his wall. He only has his certificate from the Dale Carnegie Institute (for public speaking) on his wall. It cost him one hundred dollars and lasted 12, one-hour sessions. Why that little certificate? Because Buffett credits learning to communicate his ideas as the turning point in his career.
  • Buffett: “In Graduate School you learn all this complicated stuff, but what’s really essential is being able to get others to follow your ideas.”
  • Buffett: “You have lived a successful life if, as you grow older, the people who you hope love you actually do.”
  • One more from Buffett: “I don’t think you will ever get brilliant investment decisions out of a large committee.”
  • OK, one more: “Bad habits are hard to kick, but good habits are too.”
  • I’m not a guy who likes to stick with one app on nearly anything. I like to move around…dabbling with a lot of them. One of my ongoing dabbles is streaming music. I’ve tried them all.
  • For the last few weeks, I’ve been dabbling with Deezer and Tidal. I still like Slacker Radio as the best value for the money. It’s interesting, social, has a great name, and has a very human feel to it. However, Tidal (if it can be bought at the new student price of $9.99) is the best.
  • Bruce Jenner is not a hero…or an, “American Girl.” He’s confused…as is our society seems to be regarding sex in general. Jenner is also accused of wrongful death at present. Lord have mercy on the judge that gets the case.
  • What would cause ESPN to give an ESPY award to Jenner – the Arthur Ashe award for courage? Some believe that because ESPN and ABC are both owned by Disney—that Jenner’s interview was given to ABC in exchange for the ESPY.
  • That seems a little cynical. But, then again, how else can one explain giving such an award to Jenner, rather than Lauren Hill, the 19-year-old college basketball player who raised more than $1.5 million dollars for cancer research before she died of cancer herself?
  • Oh yeah…TV ratings.
  • One would think with this being the first ESPY awards without Stuart Scott (who recently died of cancer), and as a network with the V Foundation (in support of Dick Valvano)—Lauren Hill is beyond an obvious choice.
  • A society that can’t figure out who the heroes are really are is in real, moral trouble.
  • California is wanting to replace the statue of Junipero Serra in the National Statuary Hall Collection before the Pope arrives to canonize him for sainthood.
  • A plague of toads has fallen on a town in China. Tens of thousands of toads. This wouldn’t have happened if they had just let the people go.
  • The Gladiator school may reopen in Rome at or near the Coliseum. If so, I’m there.
  • I wonder if the church might grant me a leave of absence to attend. After all, it might help security, and help us in dealing with unruly church members J
  • I’d also like a cool Roman name. Timothy is fine for everyday life. How about something like…Maximus Decimus Meridias…Commander of the Legions of the North…you can take it from there.
  • Apple is set to do some big reveals soon. Whoopee. I’m a Microsoft and Android guy. But, I know for many of my friends this week is their near-Nirvana. Cheers.
  • This Padres team is infuriating to watch…but also the kind of team I can’t stop watching. In the past, they’ve been infuriating and easy to stop watching.
  • One last one from Buffett: “One of the best things you can do is to surround yourself with people who are better than you are. High-grade people.”
  • That applies to ministry, as well.

What’s on your mind this morning?

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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