Life

Learn from success, not failure

(Excerpt from Rework by Jason Fried) Another common misconception: You need to learn from your mistakes. What do you really learn from mistakes? You might learn what not to do again, but how valuable is that? You still...

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Be a star or a janitor, avoid the middle

(Excerpt from Be a star or a janitor by Yoni Rechtman) You should always strive to do the work either 1) no one else can do or 2) no one else wants to do. Be a star or a janitor.  As a janitor, you should...

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Every successful person is a salesperson

(Excerpt from Total Recall by Arnold Schwarzenegger) It always blew my mind that some of the greatest artists, from Michelangelo to van Gogh, never sold much because they didn’t know how. They had to rely on some...

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3 kinds of intelligence

(Excerpt from On the Benefits of Curiosity by Ben Carlson) There a few different kinds of intelligence in the world. One kind of intelligence is natural god-given ability. Some people are just born brilliant. Then there...

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Adapt and stay alive long enough to get lucky

(Excerpt from A Short History of Money Market Funds by Ben Carlson) Vanguard’s first index fund hit the market in the summer of 1976. It was a complete bust, raising just over $11 million in capital from investors....

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The career, business or investment with the best ROI is often dismissed and not well documented

(Excerpt from The Interesting Times 23 Apr 2021 by Taylor Pearson) If you stumble on what looks like a great opportunity that the market is ignoring, 99 times out of 100, the market as a whole knows something you...

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Learn from those who are few steps ahead of you

(Excerpt from 3-2-1: On mentors, margin of safety, and how to say no by James Clear) It’s almost always better to learn from peers who are 2 years ahead of you than mentors who are 20 years ahead of you. Life...

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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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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...

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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