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      March 11, 2009


"In order to take advantage of endless possibilities
within a finite amount of time, you need to form habits."

 -- Harley Hahn

What Do Young People Need to Know
About Becoming Rich and Successful?

Do you wish you knew someone to whom you could ask important
questions and get wise answers?  I met such a person once.

I was in a restaurant in the San Fernando Valley north of
Los Angeles, eating dinner.  I found myself restless and
bored and, as the meal wound to a close, I wondered how long
it would be before we could leave.  And then a voice caught
my ear.  What I heard took me by surprise.

"What was that you said?," I asked the man next to me.

He turned toward me. "I said, I can talk to a young person
and tell you if he or she is going to be successful."

"You can?"

"Yes," he replied. "Once I get to know a young person, it's
easy for me to tell if he is destined to become rich..."

What Do Young People Need to Know
About Becoming Rich and Successful?
============================================= Book reviews... "The Omnivore's Dilemma" "Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar" ============================================= Human beings can eat a wide variety of food, so how do we decide what to put in our mouth? And once we decide, how much should we care about where that food came from? "The Omnivore's Dilemma" is a long, well-researched, highly idiosyncratic answer to these two questions. Unexpectedly, this book has become so popular that it is being read by both college students and their parents. (Think about that for a moment.) My guess is that, if you read the book, it will change how you think about food and the food industry. Perhaps more important, the book will change how you think about corn and the corn industry, both of which have much more influence on your health than you probably realize. Once you have thought about food enough to satisfy yourself, you can look for some food for thought by reading about "Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar", a book based on the premise that you can learn philosophy by thinking about jokes. Does this sound too good to be true? Can philosophy really be this easy? What is Harley Reading? ----- The book reviews I write are part of a larger project, Harley Hahn's Guide to Reading. If you like reading, I know you will enjoy this guide: Harley Hahn's Guide to Reading -- Harley Hahn