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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Keeping our heads when mania hits (housing bubbles, bull market runs, Calgary real estate) is key to long term success. When thousands of people have invested in what will have turned out to be the next great real estate scam, what will be the lesson learned? What values were ignored that got us in a bad place? Maybe greed blinds our better judgement. What sees us through to a rich life? How do we know when someone [a business guru for example] who became wealthy didn’t do so by dumb luck? And what will prevent us from following him or her like the next Pied Piper?

Let Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance take you on a journey.

“When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called a Religion.” Are you in a stadium watching the latest success guru?

“You look at where you’re going and where you are and it never makes sense, but then you look back at where you’ve been and a pattern seems to emerge.” No better teacher than experience… or someone with real experience.
“For every fact there is an infinity of hypotheses. ” Sounds a little like the book On War and good advice for business research.

So what is this book? Pirsig says of the title, “it should in no way be associated with that great body of factual information relating to orthodox Zen Buddhist practice. It’s not very factual on motorcycles, either.” It’s the story of a man and his son as they spend 17 days on a motorcycle from Minnesota to California. The content is a philosophy that can be transported from every-day-living to the business arena.  It’s a book of morals, moral judgements, and maybe the pursuit of “good” living.