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Do Good Grades Predict Success?

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Paul Kimelman lives in Alamo, Calif., and is C.T.O. of the Texas-based microcontroller company Luminary Micro. He is the sort of blog reader we are very fortunate to have. He writes to us now and again with such interesting queries that they’re worth putting up on the blog in their entirety. Here’s his latest: I was speaking with a colleague the other day and he was remarking on an accomplishment I have had in my field (of microprocessor design). He assumed I had been a straight-A student all through school. When I notedRead More


Book smarts vs. Street smarts

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In a series of posts, called readers choice, I write on whatever topics readers submit. [Note: Polarizing questions are silly since rarely in life do you have to have truly binary choices. Both is often an option. But they are fun: so please assume someone took my lunch and refused to give it back until I picked a side. Also see: The false dichotomy of false dichotomies] There is no doubt in my mind street smarts kicks book smarts ass. To be street smart means you have situational awareness. You can assess the environment youRead More


The End of Stuttafords

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Department store Stuttafords, the 159-year-old “Harrods of South Africa”, is closing down, victim of a global shift to online retail and a domestic economic slump that has put brands such as Ted Baker and Gap beyond its customers’ reach. Mirroring the fortunes of once-mighty department stores in Europe and the United States, the doyenne of the South African high street during apartheid and the two decades since applied for protection from creditors in October. However, attempts to revive its fortunes proved futile and creditors voted in June to wind upRead More


I’m so Perfectly Posh & Poor

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If you’re living a luxury lifestyle, drive a flashy car, live in an upmarket apartment or big house with a minus bank balance, then yes, you are Posh and poor.  Unfortunately this is the reality  of most South Africans today.  Spend your money wisely.


30 day financial diet

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People love to brag on howmuch they spend. are we able to begin bragging on howmuch we save?   This 30 day financial diet will make your bank account look fat.   With hundreds of challenges out there, I think South Africans could do with this one. Whether you are a high income earner or scrape through with your monthly salary, it is necessary to cut down on a few unnecessary expenses. For those who will join me please tag at least 10 friends that would either support or joinRead More


Are Private schools really worth it?

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It’s tough to decide whether a school is academically better just because it is private, however, you can certainly determine if a selected school is the best academic choice based on expert rankings.  Private schools certainly have a reputation for having smaller class sizes, strong academics and great teachers. While this may be true at many private schools, there are certainly exceptions, as many public schools also have these three things. In many areas, we have a lot of middle-class anxiety and guilt these days about sending kids to government fundedRead More