A man who is born into a world already possessed, if he cannot get subsistence from his parents on whom he has a just demand, and if the society do not want his labour, has no claim of right to the smallest portion of food, and, in fact, has no business to be where he is. At nature’s mighty feast there is no vacant cover for him. She tells him to be gone, and will quickly execute her own orders, if he does not work upon the compassion of some of her guests. [Thomas Robert Malthus (1798), An Essay on the Principle of Population]
|Bāgh-e Shāzdeh Mahan|
The word “paradise” entered English from an Old Iranian form, “walled enclosure”. By the 6th/5th century BCE, the Old Iranian word had been borrowed into Assyrian. It subsequently came to indicate the expansive walled gardens of the First Persian Empire, and was subsequently borrowed into Hebrew as “pardes” and into Greek as “parádeisos”, park for animals. In the Septuagint (3rd–1st centuries BCE), Greek “parádeisos” was used to translate both Hebrew “pardes” and Hebrew “gan” (garden): it is from this usage that the use of “paradise” to refer to the Garden of Eden derives.
Your knowledge and experience are your most important professional assets. Unfortunately, they’re expiring assets. Your knowledge becomes out of date as new techniques, languages, and environments are developed. Changing market forces may render your experience obsolete or irrelevant. As the value of your knowledge declines, so does your value to your company or client. Managing a knowledge portfolio is very similar to managing a ﬁnancial portfolio:
- Serious investors invest regularly, as a habit.
- Diversiﬁcation is the key to long-term success.
- Smart investors balance their portfolios between conservative and high-risk, high-reward investments.
- Investors try to buy low and sell high for maximum return.
- Portfolios should be reviewed and rebalanced periodically.
Invest Regularly in Your Knowledge Portfolio.
[Andrew Hunt, David Thomas (2004), The Pragmatic Programmer, Pearson Education]