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  • The Surprising Power of The Long Game
    It's easy to overestimate the importance of luck on success and underestimate the importance of investing in success every single day. Too often, we convince ourselves that success was just luck. We tell ourselves, the school teacher that left millions was just lucky. No. She wasn't. She was just playing a different game than you were. She was playing the long game. The long game isn't particularly ...
  • What’s Staying the Same
    I want to know the future. So do you. However, our desire to know the future leads us to seek answers to unanswerable questions. The question, “What’s going to change in the next 10 years?” is a popular one in nearly all industries. The siren song of avoiding uncertainty and knowing the future is hard to resist. Having the answer is the equivalent of signaling to ...
  • Carol Dweck: A Summary of The Two Mindsets And The Power of Believing That You Can Improve
    Carol Dweck studies human motivation. She spends her days diving into why people succeed (or don't) and what's within our control to foster success. Her theory of the two mindsets and the difference they make in outcomes is incredibly powerful. As she describes it: "My work bridges developmental psychology, social psychology, and personality psychology, and examines the self-conceptions (or mindsets) people use to structure the self ...
  • The Best Summary of How to Win Friends and Influence People
    A brief, no fluff, summary of Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People. Techniques in Handling People Don't criticize, condemn or complain. Give honest and sincere appreciation. Arouse in the other person an eager want. Six ways to make people like you Become genuinely interested in other people. Smile. Remember that a person's name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in ...
  • Defensive Decision Making: What IS Best v. What LOOKS Best
    “It wasn’t the best decision we could make,” said one of my old bosses, “but it was the most defensible.” What she meant was that she wanted to choose option A but ended up choosing option B because it was the defensible default. She realized that if she chose option A and something went wrong, it would be hard to explain because it was outside of ...
  • How to Remember What You Read
    Why is it that some people seem to be able to read a book once and remember every detail of it for life, while others struggle to recall even the title a few days after putting down a book? The answer is simple but not easy. It's not what they read. It's how they read. Good reading habits not only help you read more but help you ...
  • This is Water by David Foster Wallace (Full Transcript and Audio)
    David Foster Wallace's 2005 commencement speech to the graduating class at Kenyon College, is a timeless trove of wisdom — right up there with Hunter Thompson on finding your purpose and living a meaningful life. The speech was made into a thin book titled This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life. Here are the links to the original audio followed by ...
  • Charlie Munger: The Psychology of Human Misjudgment (Transcript and Audio)
    The Psychology of Human Misjudgment, a speech given in 1995 by legendary investor Charlie Munger, opened my eyes to how behavioral psychology can be applied to business and problem-solving. Munger, for those of you who haven't heard of him, is the irreverent partner of Warren Buffett at Berkshire Hathaway. He's offered us such gems as: a two-step process for making effective decisions and the work required to ...
  • The Butterfly Effect: Everything You Need to Know About This Powerful Mental Model
    "You could not remove a single grain of sand from its place without thereby ... changing something throughout all parts of the immeasurable whole.” — Fichte, The Vocation of Man (1800) *** The Basics In one of Stephen King’s greatest works, 11/22/63, a young man named Jake discovers a portal in a diner’s pantry which leads back to 1958. After a few visits and some experiments, Jake deduces that ...
  • Learning How to Think: The Skill No One Taught You
    “I’ve spent my life trying to undo habits—especially habits of thinking. They narrow your interaction with the world. They’re the phrases that come easily to your mind, like: ‘I know what I think,’ or ‘I know what I like,’ or ‘I know what’s going to happen today.’ If you just replace ‘know’ with ‘don’t know,’ then you start to move into the unknown. And that’s ...
  • The Surprising Power of The Long Game
    It's easy to overestimate the importance of luck on success and underestimate the importance of investing in success every single day. Too often, we convince ourselves that success was just luck. We tell ourselves, the school teacher that left millions was just lucky. No. She wasn't. She was just playing a different game than you were. She was playing the long game. The long game isn't particularly ...
  • Hemingway, a Lost Suitcase, and the Recipe for Stupidity
    The best intentions are no match for the havoc caused by stress, tiredness, and unusual circumstances. Even though we know these things can negatively impact our decision-making abilities, we override the caution needed to combat them with faith in our rationality. This failure to recognize our natural vulnerabilities affects everyone. In December 1922, it resulted in a lost suitcase that changed Ernest Hemingway’s life. Hemingway, then ...
  • The Best Summary of How to Win Friends and Influence People
    A brief, no fluff, summary of Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People. Techniques in Handling People Don't criticize, condemn or complain. Give honest and sincere appreciation. Arouse in the other person an eager want. Six ways to make people like you Become genuinely interested in other people. Smile. Remember that a person's name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in ...
  • What’s Staying the Same
    I want to know the future. So do you. However, our desire to know the future leads us to seek answers to unanswerable questions. The question, “What’s going to change in the next 10 years?” is a popular one in nearly all industries. The siren song of avoiding uncertainty and knowing the future is hard to resist. Having the answer is the equivalent of signaling to ...
  • Carol Dweck: A Summary of The Two Mindsets And The Power of Believing That You Can Improve
    Carol Dweck studies human motivation. She spends her days diving into why people succeed (or don't) and what's within our control to foster success. Her theory of the two mindsets and the difference they make in outcomes is incredibly powerful. As she describes it: "My work bridges developmental psychology, social psychology, and personality psychology, and examines the self-conceptions (or mindsets) people use to structure the self ...
  • This is Water by David Foster Wallace (Full Transcript and Audio)
    David Foster Wallace's 2005 commencement speech to the graduating class at Kenyon College, is a timeless trove of wisdom — right up there with Hunter Thompson on finding your purpose and living a meaningful life. The speech was made into a thin book titled This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life. Here are the links to the original audio followed by ...
  • How the Many Sides to Every Story Shape our Reality
    “We can select truths that engage people and inspire action, or we can deploy truths that deliberately mislead. Truth comes in many forms, and experienced communicators can exploit its variability to shape our impression of reality.” *** The truth is not as straightforward as it seems. There are many truths, some of them more honest than others. “On most issues,” writes Hector Macdonald in his book Truth: ...
  • Smarter, Not Harder: How to Succeed at Work
    We each have 96 energy blocks each day to spend however we'd like. Using this energy blocking system will ensure you're spending each block wisely to make the most progress on your most important goals. Warren Buffett “ruled out paying attention to almost anything but business—art, literature, science, travel, architecture—so that he could focus on his passion,” wrote Alice Schroder in her book The Snowball. This ...
  • How to Remember What You Read
    Why is it that some people seem to be able to read a book once and remember every detail of it for life, while others struggle to recall even the title a few days after putting down a book? The answer is simple but not easy. It's not what they read. It's how they read. Good reading habits not only help you read more but help you ...
  • The Butterfly Effect: Everything You Need to Know About This Powerful Mental Model
    "You could not remove a single grain of sand from its place without thereby ... changing something throughout all parts of the immeasurable whole.” — Fichte, The Vocation of Man (1800) *** The Basics In one of Stephen King’s greatest works, 11/22/63, a young man named Jake discovers a portal in a diner’s pantry which leads back to 1958. After a few visits and some experiments, Jake deduces that ...
  • The Feynman Technique: The Best Way to Learn Anything
    There are four simple steps to the Feynman Technique, which I'll explain below: Choose a Concept Teach it to a Toddler Identify Gaps and Go Back to The Source Material Review and Simplify (optional) *** If you're not learning you're standing still. So what's the best way to learn new subjects and identify gaps in our existing knowledge? Two Types of Knowledge There are two types of knowledge and most ...
  • The Difference Between Amateurs and Professionals
    Why is it that some people seem to be hugely successful and do so much, while the vast majority of us struggle to tread water? The answer is complicated and likely multifaceted. One aspect is mindset—specifically, the difference between amateurs and professionals. Most of us are just amateurs. What’s the difference? Actually, there are many differences: Amateurs stop when they achieve something. Professionals understand that the initial achievement is ...
  • Hunter S. Thompson’s Letter on Finding Your Purpose and Living a Meaningful Life
    In April of 1958, Hunter S. Thompson was 22 years old when he wrote this letter to his friend Hume Logan in response to a request for life advice. Thompson's letter, found in Letters of Note, offers some of the most thoughtful and profound advice I've ever come across. April 22, 1958 57 Perry Street New York City Dear Hume, You ask advice: ah, what a very human and very dangerous ...
  • The Munger Operating System: How to Live a Life That Really Works
    In 2007, Charlie Munger gave the commencement address at USC Law School, opening his speech by saying, "Well, no doubt many of you are wondering why the speaker is so old. Well, the answer is obvious: He hasn’t died yet." Fortunately for us, Munger has kept on ticking. The commencement speech is an excellent response to the Big Question: How do we live a life that really works? It has so many of Munger's ...
  • How to Remember What You Read
    Why is it that some people seem to be able to read a book once and remember every detail of it for life, while others struggle to recall even the title a few days after putting down a book? The answer is simple but not easy. It's not what they read. It's how they read. Good reading habits not only help you read more but help you ...
  • The Buffett Formula: Going to Bed Smarter Than you Woke Up
    Most people go through life not really getting any smarter. Why? They simply won't do the work required. It's easy to come home, sit on the couch, watch TV, and zone out until bedtime rolls around. But that's not going to help you get smarter. Sure, you can go into the office the next day and discuss the details of last night's episode of Mad Men or ...
  • Second-Order Thinking: What Smart People Use to Outperform
    Sometimes when we solve one problem, we end up unintentionally creating another one that's worse. Second-order thinking helps identify the second and subsequent order consequences of a decision before they happen. Knowing these problems before they occur allows us to take steps now to avoid problems later. Consider a country that, wanting to inspire regime change in another country, funds and provides weapons to a group ...
  • The Top 3 Most Effective Ways to Take Notes While Reading
    Before you get started: Filter the book by reading the preface, index, table of contents, and inside the jacket. This tells you where the author is going to take you and, importantly, the vocabulary they will use. There are three steps to effectively taking notes while reading: At the end of each chapter write a few bullet points that summarize what you've read and make it ...
  • Smarter, Not Harder: How to Succeed at Work
    We each have 96 energy blocks each day to spend however we'd like. Using this energy blocking system will ensure you're spending each block wisely to make the most progress on your most important goals. Warren Buffett “ruled out paying attention to almost anything but business—art, literature, science, travel, architecture—so that he could focus on his passion,” wrote Alice Schroder in her book The Snowball. This ...
  • Warren Buffett: The Three Things I Look For in a Person
    Students often go to visit Warren Buffett. And when they do, he often plays a little game on them. He asks each student to pick a classmate. Not just any classmate, but the classmate you would choose if you could have 10% of their earnings for the rest of their life. Which classmate would you pick and why? “Are you going to pick the one with the ...