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Selling lies is a better business than selling truths

(Excerpt from Three Ways to Get Paid by Jason Zweig) There are three ways to make a living: 1) Lie to people who want to be lied to, and you’ll get rich. 2) Tell the truth to those who want the truth, and you’ll...

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Good writing is about removing clutter

(Excerpt from Writing Well by William Zinsser) Writing improves in direct ratio to the number of things we can keep out of it that shouldn’t be there. “Up” in “free up” shouldn’t be there. Examine every word...

Via Negativa Read More

4 levels of action

I observed some people take more action than the others and see more results in life, while others seem to be always waiting for something and procrastinating their actions. I thought it would be interesting to create a...

CYH Read More

Cipolla Matrix

Helpless people: contribute to society but are taken advantage of by it (and especially by the “bandit” sector of it); note, however, that extreme altruists and pacifists may willingly and consciously...

Matrix Read More

Crony beliefs vs merit beliefs

(Excerpt from Crony Beliefs by Kevin Simler) I contend that the best way to understand all the crazy beliefs out there — aliens, conspiracies, and all the rest — is to analyze them as crony beliefs. Beliefs that...

Map Is Not Territory, Structure drives behaviour Read More

大钱赢小钱

There’s a saying in Chinese, 大钱赢小钱. Interpretation: you generate a return that is a portion of your capital. Some investors want to make a lot of money with little money 小钱赢大钱. It causes them...

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CEO builds the factory, not the product

(Excerpt from Lazy Leadership by Andrew Wilkinson) Henry Ford didn’t build cars, he built factories. To me, a great leader’s job is to build a machine that produces a product. It’s not about doing the work itself....

People Read More

Classic books have been filtered by millions

(Excerpt from The Almanack of Ravikant) Any book that survived for two thousand years has been filtered through many people. The general principles are more likely to be correct. I wanted to get back into reading these...

Lindy Effect Read More

Criticise generally and praise specifically

(Excerpt from The Almanack of Ravikant) If you have a criticism of someone, then don’t criticize the person—criticize the general approach or criticize the class of activities. If you have to praise somebody, then...

Ego, People Read More

We see the world the way we want it to be

(Excerpt from The Almanack of Ravikant) The number one thing clouding us from being able to see reality is we have preconceived notions of the way it should be. One definition of a moment of suffering is “the moment...

Confirmation Bias, Ego Read More