Renaissance Men, Confidence and Being the Lead Mare

By Jim Woods

I’m a horseman, and I own several horses and a small ranch in Southern California.

I love these intelligent animals, and I take pride in learning about myself from one of the best teachers on earth — the horse.

You see, the horse is a herd animal, and one that has evolved to thrive in a group social structure. The horse also is an animal that requires leadership, as the highest-ranking mares (and sometimes the stallions) in the herd are the leaders, directing the movement of the group to different grazing areas or water sources.

In “natural horsemanship” of the kind I practice, the horseman is tasked with taking the “lead mare” role. In doing so, the horseman must provide the leadership to his/her beloved animals that they require to survive and flourish.

This method works well, provided the horseman has the requisite confidence in his/her knowledge and skills, and provided he/she has accepted the responsibility of assuming the lead mare role.

Confidence here is perhaps the most important ingredient, but confidence only comes after you’ve done the hard work to acquire the knowledge and skill necessary to assume that confident lead-mare swagger.

And regarding that swagger, have you ever noticed that truly confident people nearly always walk with their heads up?

Think about that for a moment. Have you ever known a confident person that’s always looking down?

The answer is almost certainly no, and the reason why is because confident people don’t look down. They look up, and they take on life as the lead mare.

That lead mare role is one that I assume not only with my horses, but also with my other hobbies, and particularly my professional role as an investment newsletter writer.

In fact, during my more than two decades in the investment advisory industry, I have worked extremely hard to build up the requisite knowledge and skill needed to be the lead mare when it comes to helping investors grow and protect their money. That’s because hard work and concerted, rational effort is at the heart of becoming a Renaissance Man.

That’s why you’ll always get the sense from me through my writing and my speaking events, and if you ever meet me in person, that I am the type of man who never looks down when I walk. I’m also the kind of man who relishes the lead mare role.

If you want to be a Renaissance Man, then be confident, never look down when you walk… and never be afraid to lead.

In the name of the best within us,

Jim Woods

 


 

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Remembering the Cat and the Horror

Welcome to today's Audio Essay from Way Of The Renaissance Man Starring Jim Woods

We are a few days away from the 21st anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center September 11, 2001. In this special audio presentation, Jim offers his poem and thoughts on this day.

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By Jim Woods

There was a cat sleeping on my porch
She didn’t know what I had witnessed

The lacerated skyline of metropolis
A bleeding out of her twin sons
Flying lancets piercing steel hulls
Black smoke seasoning the azure sky
As the falling man descends to the concrete

Incendiary ideas born in Bronze
To please a prophet on a white horse
Hatred of the good for being the good
Crumbles a once-proud icon
Falling ash blankets District streets

A macabre concoction of concrete, bone, blood
Fury rises in the giant’s heart
Rage and revenge burn white
Country targeted, let there be fight
Two decades later, let there be flight

There is a cat sleeping on my porch
While the world remembers

-Jim Woods
September 11, 2021

**********

On Sunday, we mark the 21st anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2001.

And yet the passing of two decades hasn’t been enough to fade our scars. And for me, those scars will never be allowed to fade.

Etched on my personal black box recorder are the memories I had circa 1999, when I checked in at the World Trade Center lobby to report to work for my first day at Morgan Stanley. The firm’s training program for new advisers/traders took place in those Twin Towers, and in the weeks that followed, I spent many an afternoon high atop the Manhattan skyline, learning the business inside the iconic monument erected to celebrate capitalism, Western achievement and the wealth of nations.

Their boldness, their glaring simplicity, their twin-brother like stance and their defiance of the rest of the New York City skyline was all part of the reason the World Trade Center was targeted for destruction by forces whose primary directive is death to the infidel.

On that day, when the blue skies were pierced by the stiletto insertion of commercial jets into the towers, I watched the events unravel from some 2,500 miles west. A condo nestled at the foot of the Hollywood Hills hardly seemed congruent to the billowing smoke oozing out of the structural siblings.

The only connection in my mind was… my mind.

A mind having been there just a couple of years earlier, wondering what it would be like to actually be there in that moment.

Wondering if I would have been incinerated along with the roughly 2,600 other souls that were extinguished that day.

Wondering if I would have acted heroically, the way so many did.

Wondering if I would have succumbed to the cowardice that so often accompanies paralytic fear.

I would like to think I could have been a hero. I need to think I would have been a hero.

Fortunately, I didn’t have to find out.

Instead, from afar, from the safety of Hollywood, I watched. All day, all night, I watched. Compelled by the horror; compelled by the enormity. Thinking to myself, “Will this be the world from here on?”

Would the world be plunged into war? At that moment, I wanted war. I wanted vengeance. I wanted to pound those responsible, and the philosophy that animated these acts, into a pulp.

I still want to.

I want to stoke the burn of that day. I want to remember the collapse of icons.

I want to keep calling out the life-hating, celebratory death cult of ideas that is radical Islam, and I want to rejoice in its defeat.

The scars of history must never be allowed to heal, and no salve of time should be permitted to mask the day America would be altered forever.

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Labor Day Weekend Gratitude

Labor Day weekend is as good a time as any to recognize and reflect on good fortune.

I say that, because if you are reading this, you are likely one of the most fortunate people that’s ever lived. I say that not because of the virtues of this website, specifically, but rather because you have the relative luxury and the very good problem of figuring out the best way to maximize your life.

Think about that from a global perspective, where most of the world’s population has lived in poverty, hardship, squalor, and under the thumb of tyrannical governments for most of recorded history. Sadly, most of the world’s population still lives that way.

Instead, you live in the United States in the 21st century. You have more freedom than anyone in history, you have more technology at your disposal than at any time ever, you have more access to education and more money than any society at any time ever, and you are safer than at any time ever.

Let’s face it, we’ve all won the lottery of existence, and the more we recognize that the better off, and the happier, we all will be.

Yes, there are a lot of problems with American society today. There’s the pernicious rise of the “woke left,” and there’s the increasingly disturbingly fringe element on the “nationalist right” that’s threatening our republic—and both of these are part of the tribalism that’s tugging away at the fabric of our nation.

Yet these problems don’t negate the fact that you won the lottery by virtue of your birth at this time, in this place, and that you’ve leveraged good decisions, so much so that one of your concerns is learning about how to be a more complete Renaissance Man.

If you think about it like that, you’re going to smile. In fact, I know you’re smiling right now.

 

Jim Woods

September 2, 2022

On Ignorance and Confidence

Welcome to today's #WednesdayWisdom from Way of The Renaissance Man Starring Jim Woods

Today's insight was inspired by American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer, Mark Twain.

On Ignorance and Confidence Wednesday Wisdom Way of The Renaissance Man Starring Jim Woods Mark Twain Quote“All you need is ignorance and confidence and the success is sure.”

–Mark Twain

The iconic writer provides us with a humorous, yet quite profound piece of advice in the above quip. You see, sometimes not knowing what you supposedly are unable to do is just enough of an edge to get that thing done. Believe in yourself, don’t listen to naysayers, and don’t accept limitations. Do that, and success is sure.

Jim Woods
August 31, 2022

 

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On Knowing Yourself, and Your Enemy

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On Knowing Yourself, and Your Enemy Wednesday Wisdom Way of The Renaissance Man Starring Jim Woods Sun Tsu QuoteToday's insight was inspired by the Ancient Chinese military treatise, The Art of War by Sun Tsu.

“Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.”

— Sun Tzu

The iconic military strategist’s seminal work, “The Art of War,” is replete with lessons about life. Here, Sun Tzu reminds us that the key to victory is not only knowing your enemy, but also knowing yourself. Until you master yourself, you can never really be confident in any of life’s battles.

Jim Woods
July 20, 2022



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Will AI destroy Humankind Featuring Robert Deadman

Up next on way of the Renaissance Man, Will AI destroy Humankind Featuring Robert Deadman —and other lighthearted subjects.

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Will AI destroy humankind—and other lighthearted subjects.

That’s the serious, yet playfully intriguing discussion I had with my friend, computer scientist, investor and fellow Renaissance Man, Robert Deadman (and yes, that is his real last name).

Robert is one of those rare individuals who possesses a breadth of knowledge that he can eloquently translate into casual conversation, even about such advanced and interesting topics as the rise of Artificial Intelligence, or AI, and the potential benefits and dangers of this technology.

In this wide-ranging conversation, Robert and I discuss the current state of AI, and what the future holds for this ubiquitous technology.

Topics here include such questions as…

At what point will AI begin making its own decisions?

How far away is this circumstance?

What is the role of quantum computing in this question?

Will AI actually have “free will”?

When will the move from “Artificial Intelligence” become “Artificial Sentience”?

Can we solve the so-called “Alignment” problem of AI, and how can we really understand this concept?

I absolutely loved this conversation with the fascinating Robert Deadman, and at the risk of alienating my other guests, I must say that this was my favorite podcast yet—and I hope you think so as well.

And now, my interview with Robert Deadman.

 

 


 

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Wisdom of a Bull Rider

Wisdom of a Bull Rider
Welcome to today's #WednesdayWisdom from
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Today's insight was inspired by American professional rodeo cowboy, Hall of Fame world champion bull rider, and co-founder of the PBR,  Professional Bull Riders organization, Tuff Hedeman.
Wisdom of a Bull Rider Tuff Hedeman Quote Way of the Renaissance Man Starring Jim Woods
“Bear down, try hard and never quit. NEVER!”
 –Tuff Hedeman, World Champion Bull Rider
There’s perhaps no sport that requires more grit, determination and mental and physical toughness than bull riding. Nobody knows that better than four-time world champion Tuff Hedeman. One of Tuff’s keys to success was, well, his toughness. No matter how hard things got or how much pain he felt, Tuff got on that bull and never quit. And though the lives of most people don’t require strapping themselves to a 1600 lb.-mass of bucking muscle, we all have our own personal bulls to ride. So when things get tough, remember what Tuff says. Never quit. NEVER!
Jim Woods
June 22, 2022

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Investor Kevin O’Leary Enters the Renaissance Man’s Shark Tank

Up next on way of the Renaissance Man, investor Kevin O’Leary enters the Renaissance
Man shark tank….

Kevin O’Leary, also known by his nickname, “Mr. Wonderful,” is one of the stars of the
CNBC show “Shark Tank,” a favorite TV program of this entrepreneurial Renaissance
Man.

In this episode, I turn the tables on Mr. Wonderful as he enters the Renaissance Man
shark tank to talk about his new company, cryptocurrency trading platform WonderFi.
The interview took place on the cusp of an interesting time for cryptocurrency, as the big
June 2022 swoon in the price of Bitcoin has rattled investors, along with many companies
in the industry.

According to O’Leary, what Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies really need to flourish is,
ironically, some industry regulation, and as he puts it, “that’s when the real money is
going to come into it.”

Along with WonderFi CEO Ben Samaroo, O’Leary explains that despite the hype of
cryptocurrencies, the big money players such as pension funds and sovereign wealth
funds have yet to embrace the asset class.

Once this happens, which will take a regulated, compliant and transparent platform such
as that provided by WonderFi, the big gains in cryptocurrencies will really begin.

I very much enjoyed my discussion with Mr. Wonderful and his partner Ben Samaroo,
and it couldn’t come at a more interesting time for the cryptocurrency industry.

And now, my interview with Kevin O’Leary and Ben Samaroo…

 

 


 

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Victory Belongs to the Most Tenacious

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The statement “Victory belongs to the most tenacious” is stenciled onto the inside of the stands on Court Philippe-Chatrier, the center court at the Stade Roland Garros.

In English, the “Stade Roland Garros” translates from French into “Roland Garros Stadium,” and it is the name of the complex of tennis courts located in Paris that hosts the French Open. That tournament is taking place right now, and on Tuesday, the viewing world was treated to an epic match between two of the greatest in the history of the sport, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

The outcome was a Nadal victory in four sets, with the final set an intense tiebreaker that saw some of the match’s most brilliant shots. It also showed the resolute nature of both men, battling with what appears to be every fiber of their respective beings in the pursuit of a single goal, i.e., to make a great shot, to win a point, to win a game, to win a set, to win a match and to win a tournament.

Both incredible competitors will go down in the annals of the sport as two of the most tenacious players ever to pick up a racket. And that is appropriate, because tenacity is a trait that embodies the actual person the Stade Roland Garros was named after.

Now, you might think (as I naturally did) that given this is a tennis stadium, the Stade Roland Garros would be named after a tennis great. I mean, in America we hold the U.S. Open at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York, and the featured center court matches there are played in Arthur Ashe Stadium. That stadium was named after one of the greatest American tennis stars, Arthur Ashe, a man who won the inaugural U.S. Open event in 1968.

Yet Roland Garros wasn’t a professional tennis player.

Roland Garros was a French businessman, an aviator, a World War I fighter pilot, an inventor, a skilled pianist, a pioneer, a hero, a trailblazer — definitely a Renaissance Man. Born in Saint-Denis de la Réunion on October 6, 1888, Garros was educated at the HEC business school. At the age of 21, he started his own company, a car dealership near the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Now, mind you, this was in 1909, and there weren’t many car dealerships at that time.

Interestingly, in August 1909, his life changed as he attended his first air show in the Champagne region of France. Garros is said to have fallen in love with these new winged machines, and soon thereafter, he bought a plane and taught himself how to fly.

Two years later, September 6, 1911, Garros broke his first altitude record, reaching 3,910 meters (about 13,000 feet). He was soon a regular on the nascent air show circuit and in competitive air races, and he became known for his daring aviation skills. He even became a bit of a star in the aviation world, as hundreds of thousands of people in both Europe and South America would come to watch him in action.

Just two years after that altitude record, Garros took his airplane across the Mediterranean Sea, something that had never been done at the time. On September 23, 1913, he flew from Saint-Raphaël on the French Riviera to Bizerte (Tunisia), a journey that took nearly eight hours.

At the onset of World War I, Garros employed his aviation skills in defense of his native France. Now, at that time, aviation in war was new, and airplanes were equipped with little or no weaponry. That changed, however, once Garros decided to invent a machine gun that could be mounted on a fighter plane — one that could be synchronized to fire through the propeller.

In April 1915, Sub-Lieutenant Roland Garros had already used his aviation skills and new invention to win several aerial battles against German aircraft. But on one mission, his plane was hit by German anti-aircraft fire over Belgium. Garros was forced to land, and he was subsequently taken prisoner before he had chance to destroy his plane. His brilliant invention unfortunately fell into German hands, and that nation’s engineers used his ideas and adapted them to their own aircraft.

But the story gets even better. After three years in captivity, Roland Garros escaped his captors, and he did so disguised as a German officer. Unfortunately, his health had suffered mightily during captivity, but that didn’t stop the tenacious Garros from rejoining the fight.

As a result of his capture, he became badly short-sighted and had trouble seeing well enough to fly a plane. But Garros didn’t let this ailment deter him. So, he made himself eyeglasses in secret, not telling any of his fellow French aviators, so that he could see well enough to keep flying and keep battling the Germans. Sadly, on October 5, 1918, Roland Garros was killed in the skies of the Ardennes, doing what he wanted to do, and becoming legendary in the process.

In 1928, about a decade after his death, France had turned her attention to sport via the building of a large tennis stadium in Paris. One of the heads of this tennis stadium project was a man named Emile Lesueur, a former business school classmate of Roland Garros at the HEC. It was Lesueur who made sure that the Stade Français would be named Stade Roland Garros in honor of his friend and fallen hero.

So, what can we take out of this story that I suspect you never knew about until now?

Well, by reading about the valorous lives of those who shaped the world around us with their intelligence, courage and, most importantly, their tenacity in the face of unspeakable adversity, we can draw inspiration in our own lives when it comes time to meet our own challenges, set our own records, battle our own enemies, escape our own captors and rejoin the fight to defend our values.

Because as Garros said, “Victory belongs to the most tenacious.”

Jim Woods
June 1, 2022


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Memorial Day Thought

 

“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers. For he today that sheds his blood with me, shall be my brother.”

— William Shakespeare, “Henry V”

 

It’s Memorial Day, and that means it’s time to reflect on the valorous actions of our fallen comrades in arms. May your noble conduct resonate through the ether of future generations with the reverence, gratitude and honor you so richly deserve.

— Jim Woods
May 30, 2022


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