What failing to keep a leaky boat afloat has taught me is that you should always choose the technology that best serves your customers, whoever they are. They don’t exactly care that you’re using the latest and greatest, cutting edge technology. They care if the software they paid for helps them achieve their goals. Needless to say, software that doesn’t work doesn’t help them achieve anything.
In technology, a head start is a double edged sword. If your decisions turn out well, you could gain a competitive edge over your competition through technology. If it doesn’t, you end up being invested in a dead piece of technology.
Andrew Weil, M.D. argues that we should pursue contentment rather than happiness. Contentment is an inner feeling of satisfaction. It’s not dependent on external things, like a promotion or winning the lottery. By all means, there’s nothing wrong with ambition and achievement. It’s just that we shouldn’t put all our emotional eggs in that basket.
…at countries’ preferences differ widely, but they also correlate highly with culture and economics. For example, participants from collectivist cultures like China and Japan are less likely to spare the young over the old — perhaps, the researchers hypothesized, because of a greater emphasis on respecting the elderly.