You have to look to the future, not the past.

Ted was a wizard at negotiation.

He had been with the company for twenty years, rising through the ranks by consistently cutting one lucrative deal after another. He ran circles around everyone else in the room, convincing even his toughest…

Lots of investors have made fortunes in real estate by just relying on their gut feeling about what was or wasn’t a good investment.

But we mere mortals have to be more careful than that. We can’t afford to waste time, and we can’t afford to lose money. We know…

Work with people who love to learn.

I had mixed feelings about taking on clients from China because I have long had concerns about China’s humanitarian and environmental policies, and I didn’t want to be part of a problem. I wrote about that here.

But as I worked with them…

I didn’t deserve this.

I’m not a healthcare worker or a first responder. I’m not 65 and I don’t have a high-risk medical condition.

But when I took my elderly mother to get her first dose of a COVID vaccine, the clinic offered me one, too. Maybe because it was…

Hard truth: you’re the least valuable player in any game you play.

It doesn’t matter who you are. You could be the CEO of a Fortune 500 company.

Ever played chess? The whole game boils down to keeping your king safe.

But even though it’s the most important piece on…

I recently landed my first client in China.

I wasn’t sure at first if it was the right fit, since I have long had concerns about China’s humanitarian and environmental policies, and I didn’t want to be part of a problem. …

This way to failure.

It was the deal of a lifetime. But one mistake ruined it.

The company spent millions doing its homework. Its experts combed every inch of the property to make sure everything checked out. At stake were $200 million in profits.

Things were looking great until one of its employees got…

Clyde Tombaugh, discoverer of Pluto
Clyde Tombaugh, discoverer of Pluto

It’s not every day that someone discovers a planet.

For 76 years after its discovery in 1930, Pluto was the 9th planet from the sun.

So when the discoverer of Pluto came to my hometown to give a free lecture, my high school physics teacher said, “I don’t care if…

CJ DiMaggio

Investor | CMO, Varamark.com | Engineer | Explorer

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