☝️ Upwarding #36: Cliff Fears, Fitting In, Centenarian Stocks, Power Corrupts

Welcome to this week's Upwarding newsletter. My blog, with more in-depth content, can be found here.


Cliff jumping is a great way to practice conquering your fear.  You don’t have to go crazy like this guy – even a six-foot jump can teach you that things are scarier in their anticipation than their reality.  In the San Francisco area, a good place to jump is Inkwells.


“Fitting in is about assessing a situation and becoming who you need to be to be accepted. Belonging, on the other hand, doesn’t require us to change who we are; it requires us to be who we are.” – Brené Brown.  I wonder as a parent how much I’m teaching my kids to “fit in”.  It haunts me a bit.


A piece of advice that has served me well: make unhealthy foods harder to get and healthier foods easier.  I put sliced apples out for my kids on the table so it’s easier than getting a stool to grab the Fritos.  This lesson can be applied broadly.  An extreme example is to put junk food into a K Safe.


I loved this list of stocks that have been paying dividends for over 100 years.  It’s worth owning some of these just for the peace of mind they will give you during market turmoil.

Random Thoughts

You are much more likely to do something if it is prefaced by the phrase “You will probably refuse”. Apparently it is because people REALLY don’t like the feeling of being restricted.

One charity did a test where they added this phrase before asking for money, and almost 60% more people donated!


“It's said that "power corrupts," but actually it's more true that power attracts the corruptible” – David Brin.

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Stay well,