The One Coin Loophole

Do little actions add up? Do the small things we chose to do, or not do, even make a difference?

A similar question was asked in one of the most notable works of the Renaissance, Desiderius Erasmus’ The Praise of Folly:

If ten coins are not enough to make a man rich, what if you add one coin? What if you add another? Finally, you will have to say that no one can be rich unless one coin can make him so.”

Erasmus seemed to think that little things add up. And so does author Gretchen Rubin.

Rubin uses the lesson from The Praise of Folly to explain what she calls the One Coin Loophole. “Often, when we consider our actions, it’s clear that any one instance of an action is almost meaningless, yet at the same time, a sum of those actions is very meaningful,” says Rubin.

Skimping on your diet for one day may not seem like much. Just as one coin may not seem like the difference between rich and poor. But say you skimp on your diet one day a month. At the end of the year you ignored your diet for nearly two weeks worth of days.

At the same time, the One Coin Loophole can be positive. It may not seem like writing once a week for an hour could be that beneficial. After all, it is such a small chunk of time, what difference could it make, right? Not so fast. After a year of following that little pattern, you’ve written for 52 hours. That feels like a much bigger chunk of time, doesn’t it?

As Rubin points out, for good or bad, the sum of our actions add up.

In this world where bigger is better, it is important to be reminded that even the smallest actions have meaning.

Something To Know If You Can’t Get Your Dream Job

Back before the National Championship, before the 500+ wins, and before the 9 Coach of the Year Awards, Jay Wright couldn’t even get a job working the Villanova summer basketball camp.

When Wright first got into coaching he applied to work the 1985 Wildcat basketball camp. He viewed this as something that would further his career — an opportunity to learn and grow as a coach. But it was more than that. Wright grew up a big Villanova fan and saw this camp job as a dream position.

His application was rejected.

Villanova had just won the NCAA Tournament and the camp was booming. Every coach wanted to work the camp and, new to the profession, Wright’s resume was buried well below more qualified coaches.

Wright saw his dream come and go.

But it didn’t go for long.

The timing was just not right (pun intended). Wright didn’t give up and let his dream die. With a lot of hard work and a little bit of good fortune he was able to work his way onto the staff of a future Villanova basketball camp.

And then he upped his dream.

Fast forward to 2016 and that same guy who was rejected by Villanova was leading the school to their second National Championship.

Good thing for Villanova he didn’t give up.

5 Good Things

Having a rough start to your week? Feel like there is nothing but negative stories online, on TV and in the newspaper? Looking for a little pick me up?

Here are 5 good things going on in our world…

  1. Umpire Stops Woman From Committing Suicide – 36-year-old John Tumpane has been been a baseball umpire for more than half of his life – but a recent game in particular was one that he would never forget.
  2. Driver Makes Every Kid on Her Route Feel Special, Hand-making Each a Toy – 43-year-old Trudy Serres is a bus driver for Summit Elementary School in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Her second job – which she does for free – is crocheting special toys for every single one of the children on her bus route.
  3. Strangers Buy Car For 20-Year-Old Man Who Walks 3 Miles Each Way To Work – Hard to believe, but it is true. A group of strangers pitched in to buy a car for a 20-year-old Texas man who walks three miles each way to his job at a fast food restaurant.
  4. Mickey and Minnie use sign language to make a little boy’s day – One little boy’s Disneyland dream came true when Pluto, Minnie and Mickey communicated with him through sign language — a moment that 3-year-old Phoenix Fox’s family won’t soon forget.
  5. Police officers mow lawn of disabled veteran – A pair of Texas police officers are being recognized for their good deed after a neighbor snapped a few photos of them mowing the lawn of a disabled veteran.

June Recap

In case you missed a post or two this month, here’s a quick recap of what I wrote about during the month of June:

Questions I Asked –

How Does A Calculator Work? – They rely on chips and string. Throw in a random penny or two and you would have the exact same thing I find when looking between my couch cushions.

How Are Social Security Numbers Assigned? – Answer: Randomly. But that wasn’t always the case.

Who Was The 1st NBA Draft Pick – On the eve of the NBA Draft we look back to an old Wonder Why Wednesday.

What Is New Car Smell? – The answer is very complex answer, but I have come up with a way to simplify it so we can always remember. It uses a comparison to the Fast and the Furious movies.

 

Things We Learned –

How much we would pay to avoid regret – Imagine a life where fear is not a problem. You are not looking back, so the last thing you worry about is regret.What do you think that experience would cost? How much would you pay to avoid regret? Dr. Hi Po Bobo Lau from the University of Hong Kong set out to find that answer.

Why now is a good time to start – There is a workout class I attend every week and every week one woman, let’s call her Betty White, shows up 30 minutes late. The class is one hour long, so she misses half of the workout. The class begins at 5pm. She gets there at 5:30pm. Always. Here’s what I learned about that.

More evidence that now is a good time to start – A client once gave me the task of reading through all the reviews of their products. No, they didn’t want to show off with how many five stars they had received. They wanted me to search through the reviews and mark which ones would be helpful to others who were looking to buy their basketball DVDs and training videos. Here’s what I learned about that.

What the NBA Finals would look like if it were a Disney movie – I came up with some examples of who the NBA Finals stars would be if they were Disney characters. Check it out.

Forgetting things may not be a bad thing – But if this is true, why am I not Albert Einstein.

Maury C. Moose needs your help – Find out how you can lend a hand to your favorite pun-loving moose.

 

Fun With Numbers –

5 Famous Sayings Reworked With A Modern Twist – Which one is your favorite?

10 Things I Would Tell My High School Self – What would you tell yourself back in high school?

5 Good Things – Having a rough week? Feel like there is nothing but negative stories online, on TV and in the newspaper? Looking for a little pick me up? Here are 5 good things going on in our world.

3 Greater Good Lessons from the Golden State Warriors – The latest thing I wish I wrote.

5 Things We Can Learn From The Internet – Turns out the internet is pretty impressive.

Who Wants To Help?

I am working on a new Maury C. Moose book and I need your help. Specifically, I need help from 3rd-5th grade kids.

Do you know anyone in this age range? You do? Great. Ask them these questions:

  • Would they be interested in receiving a sneak peek of a story no other readers will get to see yet?
  • Do they want to help shape a new children’s book?
  • Are they just so bored that they will agree to anything?

If they answered yes to any of those questions, I would love their help. Send me an email to adam(at)maurycmoose.com or post a comment in the section below and I will give you more information.

This is a great way to have your child learn about the book writing process and at the same time make the next Maury C. Moose book the best it can be.

Thanks,

Adam

If This Is True, Why Am I Not Albert Einstein?

As I have mentioned before on this blog, I have a terrible memory. I can’t remember names, stories from my past or historical events.  There are only two things that I am good at remembering:

1)Where NBA players went to college

2)The theme song from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air

I used to think this lack of memory was hurting my intelligence, but now, thanks to new research, I realize that it may be making me a genius.

A Science Alert article with the title Forgetting Things Could Actually Be Making You Smarter  makes the following statement:

bouts of forgetfulness could be caused by a safety mechanism in the brain designed to make sure we’re not overloaded with information. In other words, it’s a healthy part of the brain’s operation.”

The research suggests that our brains may actually want us to have a poor memory. By forgetting we let go of memories we don’t need which can help us adjust to new situations. Forgetting also allows us to make decisions about new events by generalizing past events.

Blake Richards, a researcher from the University of Toronto in Canada, says,

If you’re trying to navigate the world and your brain is constantly bringing up multiple conflicting memories, that makes it harder for you to make an informed decision.”

This is great, except for the fact that I have both a terrible memory and a hard  time making informed decisions. Thanks a lot, brain.

If you are interested in the entire article, you can check it our here.

3 Greater Good Lessons from the Golden State Warriors

Many times, I will read something online and immediately think, “that was great, I wish I wrote it.” I may not have written it, but I can still share it. Here’s the latest…

Three Greater Good Lessons from the Golden State Warriors by Jason Marsh

If you have read this blog before you know that I enjoy basketball and learning things from other things. This post from Greater Good combines both of those things I am fond of.

Marsh authors a great piece that explains why the NBA Champions are a case study in mindfulness, empathy, and cooperation. Check it out and learn

  1. Good things happen when you focus on the present.
  2. Empathic joy feels better than selfish joy.
  3. Cooperation is key to getting ahead.

Three Greater Good Lessons from the Golden State Warriors by Jason Marsh

5 Good Things

Having a rough week? Feel like there is nothing but negative stories online, on TV and in the newspaper? Looking for a little pick me up?

Here are 5 good things going on in our world…

  1. 11-Year-Old Born Without Hands and Legs Throws First Pitch at Yankees Game -11-year-old Landis Sims, a die-hard New York Yankees fan, who was born without hands and legs, delivered a great pitch before Sunday’s game at Yankee Stadium against the Baltimore Orioles. According to his mom, this is just another example of his “Watch me. I can do this, and don’t tell me I can’t,” attitude.
  2. Little Ceasers Staff Saves Tips For Months To Send Nigerian Coworker Home To See Family -It’s been five years since 22-year-old Samuel Nzube, an Algoma University student in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, has been home to see his family in Nigeria.But that’s all about to change thanks to the kindness of his coworkers at Little Caesars.
  3. Girl, 12, uses ‘Hunger Games’ first aid to save friend – Just one more reason to read a book.
  4. Ohio teen rescues 4-year-old on first day as a lifeguard – Jack Viglianco says he was 20 minutes into his shift at a Lakewood swimming pool Thursday when he heard the boy calling for help. The 15-year-old jumped into the water and helped the child to safety.
  5. Doggy dropout gets regal new job – Gavel the puppy was facing a tough change when he flunked out of police dog academy for being too sociable. See what he did next.