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Sam Hinkie Steps down

Being from Philadelphia, I’v enjoyed following all 4 major sports.  However,  as of late, the 76ers have been unbearably difficult to watch.  General Manager Sam Hinkie instituted what was dubbed “the process” which essentially meant the sixers would tank for a few seasons in the hopes of improving themselves through high draft picks and an accumulation of other assets.  Yesterday, Hinkie stepped down as Sixers GM and I must say I was disappointed to see him go.   Below is a link to Hinkie’s letter to the Sixers ownership which I thought was very insightful and shows just how bright he is.  I’ve also added some of my favorite quotes from his letter below.

“A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die.”

“You should take the approach that you’re wrong. Your goal is to be less wrong.” Elon Musk

Jeff Bezos says it this way: “There are a few prerequisites to inventing…You have to be willing to fail. You have to be willing to think long-term. You have to be willing to be misunderstood for long periods of time.”

“So if we want to think like a scientist more often in life, those are the three key objectives—to be humbler about what we know, more confident about what’s possible, and less afraid of things that don’t matter.”

 

 

Hinkie’s Letter

A Good Resource and Friend

 

Dan Smith, Esq. is about as knowledgeable as they come in matters related to SSDI benefits.  I worked with Dan previously at a large scale Disability firm in Philadelphia and I can say he is a top notch Attorney who legitimately cares about his clients; something that is increasingly difficult to find these days.  I regularly read his blog and encourage other Disability Attorneys and Medical professionals (as well as some of my clients) to check in on what he’s writing.  You can find his blog here.

Terrible decision by Social Security

We received this decision the other day and had to share it. This is a microcosm of what it can be like to deal with the Social Security Administration.  You should definitely not ever go at it alone.  A little backstory:

This gentleman is a 30 year recently medically retired Veteran of the Air Force.  He spent 3 months in the hospital in early 2015 for a number of ailments including quadruple bypass surgery.  He had his hip replaced last year because of extremely painful arthritis which barely allowed him to walk around.  He unfortunately continues to have residual pain from that hip.  As if that wasn’t enough, his diabetes has been so difficult to bring under control that he needed to have his toe amputated.

This man is also 63 years old.

Now unfortunately, this individual applied on his own at Social Security.  He sought our assistance following his denial and we’re working hard to get him approved at the Reconsideration level.

See below for the decision by Social Security.

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Great article on the current state of the Social Security Disability program

 

A just-released report by Social Security’s Technical Panel, a blue-ribbon group that periodically analyzes program data and makes recommendations to the Social Security trustees, validates what many advocates of the disabled have been saying: the recent sharp increase in disability rolls, which has fueled congressional conservatives’ attacks on the program, is over. In fact, disability rolls are expected to show their first year-over-year decline “in more than 30 years.”

Read the article here

 

A scorpion is on the side of a river and he wants to get to the other side but he can’t swim. He sees a frog in the river and says, “Mrs. Frog, will you please carry me to the other side of the river bank?” A skeptical frog says, “No way. You’re a scorpion! You’ll sting me and I’ll die.”

“Of course I won’t sting you. I’m a scorpion, I can’t swim! If I string you I’ll drown.”

“Good point. Yeah. Ok, then. I’ll take you across. Hop on my back.”

Midway across the river the scorpion suddenly stings the frog.

With her body beginning to paralyze and realizing that she’s going to die and as she drowns so, too, will the scorpion, she screams out, “Why did you do that, Mr. Scorpion? Now we’re both going to die!”

“I can’t help it. I’m a scorpion. That’s what I do.”

 

People act how they do because they can – it’s who they are. And the sooner you begin to think about that in your interactions in business (and life) the easier decisions become.

What You Can Learn from a Scorpion