Below is a collection of Dr. McGlaughlin's most recent observations (500+). Most of these observations are made throughout the course of everyday life, captured by dictation, and added to FlintsNotes.com. You can read more about the observation capture process here. The content here changes 5 days a week, so be sure to check back often. Also, feel free to leave a comment in the comments section of each observation.

On the Problem with Systemizing the Un-systemizable

By nature, I am a systemizer. It has taken every fiber of my will to keep from systemizing, what I fear, is unsystemizable; I suspect even the system of “self.”…

On the Difference between Sacrifice and Compromise

A man needs to know the difference between compromise and sacrifice. The same activity may be construed as one or the other. When I make a change to an important…

On Leadership and the Wisdom that Only Comes from Carrying its Weight

Part of being a leader is bearing the weight of your decisions. Wisdom, true wisdom, does not come from those who merely observe the leader carrying the weight;…

On Recognizing Artificial Arrangement of Facts

We must beware of “story-ized” facts. It is our nature to take a series of facts, or data points, and arrange them into a story fashion. This can be useful, but…

On Philosophy without Rigorous Argument

I find it fascinating that Hegel, Heidegger, and even Sartre could gain so much respect in the world of philosophy, while ignoring the most sacred (and there are…

On Life in the Abstract

I like triangles in the abstract. There is no such thing as a triangle in the actual world. The perfect angles expressed in mathematics cannot be expressed in…

On Leadership and the Danger of Overplaying Your Strengths

If the leader wishes to discover his blind spot, he must first ask a revealing question: What is it about my greatest strength that naturally blinds me to its…

On Communication and My Acceptance of Misunderstanding

I am used to being misunderstood. My profession is communication and you might think that being misunderstood would vex me. It does not. I have come to a point…

On the Arrow of Time

I am fascinated by Eddington's reference to the Arrow of Time. Moreover, I am fascinated by translating its application from physics, (particle, quantum,…

On Achieving Discipline from the Whole

Many of us struggle with self-discipline, and these struggles are characterized by attempts to achieve consistency in a number of different areas. We try to…

On the Misery of the Right Person in the Wrong Job

Never underestimate the degree of misery that a conscientious, self-aware person experiences when they are underperforming. Lavish encouragement will not…

On the Making of Great Art

Great art isn’t made by the artist, it only escapes from the artist. The moment you try to construct the parts and the multi-layered magic that makes art, it…

On Justification vs. Actualization

We spend too much time trying to prove that our choices are grounded in some higher authority — be it logic, God, some combination, be it some sort of universal…

On Loving with Wholeness

Honesty empowers love. One may counter that we are honest because we love. I think this could be true. But one must acknowledge that I can only love out of an…

On the Priority of Energy Management over Time Management

Remember that when you are managing time, you are actually managing energy. The true unit of capacity cannot be measured in minutes. It is burned across a…