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Lobnek Newsletter, December 2021

A Few Thoughts on Benchmarks

Lobnek Wealth Management,  December 2021

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the results of 100 battles.”

Sun Tzu (544 – 496 BC) Chinese general, military strategist, writer, and philosopher


Like most mammals we start life observing and mimicking our nurturers and peers so that we can eventually function independently, become autonomous if only because our survival instincts tell us that dependence must invariably be linked to being more “vulnerable” when exposed to the elements. Autonomy should therefore contribute to increasing our odds of survival, although that was more likely the case in a distant past before we figured the many ways to tame and mold our universe to our likings. Still, the desire to observe and compare ourselves to others never really ceases, it just changes form as we grow older and mature. If the initial phase of this comparison process is meant to help us gain independence, our accumulated knowledge and experience is used in the ensuing phase to make us compete and do better than our peers.

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