fighting the lack of good ideas

make your accomplishments seem effortless – law 30 – #48laws by robert greene

Law 30

Your actions must seem natural and executed with ease. All the toil and practice that go into them, and also all the clever tricks, must be concealed. When you act, act effortlessly, as if you could do much more. Avoid the temptation of the revealing how hard you work – it only raises questions. Teach no one your tricks or they will be used against you. –Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power (review)

on tipping

Let me preface by saying that tipping, as such, in the US and Canada is messed up. There is no reason for businesses to not pay their staff to do their jobs. I shouldn’t be “expected” to supplement their employer’s miserly pay by tipping.

But, since that’s how it currently works, I want to share my philosophy of tipping when going out to eat. It’s pretty simple, really.

  • for food: start at 20% of the base bill (not including taxes); minimum $1.50/person
    • if you can’t afford to spend an extra $1.50 a person, stay home
  • for drinks: $0.50 per beer or shot, $1 per mixed drink; minimum $1
    • the simpler rule is $1 for every two simple drinks
  • for mixed bills: getting close to 20% covers both previous criteria
    • eg a base bill of $26.69 would be a $5 tip (20% is actually $5.32 – but when using cash, either leave a $5, or leave $5 plus the change)
    • remember: the waiter likely has to share their tips with the bar tender
  • add above and beyond for good-to-exceptional service

plan all the way to the end – law 29 – #48laws by robert greene

Law 29

The ending is everything. Plan all the way to it, taking into account all the possible consequences, obstacles, and twists of fortune that might reverse your hard work and give the glory to others. By planning to the end you will not be overwhelmed by circumstances and you will know when to stop. Gently guide fortune and help determine the future by thinking far ahead. –Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power (review)


There need to be coed and/or men-only adoption conferences.

All the ones I know of are for women only.

For example, my wife went to Created for Care this weekend – a ladies-only event. Maybe I should take her advice and start my own 🙂