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Adaptation and Fear

This was originally going to be two separate pieces but part way through they seemed to become more and more related.They became more related because of the intertwined nature of fear and adaptation. Fear is often a failure to adapt to a given circumstance and often adaptation is forced upon through fear. What began me…

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The Great Paradox of Peak Performance

Trying really hard works—and then it gets in your way Peak performance happens as a result of trying really hard, and then not trying at all. It’s a paradox. I’ve never met someone who has described a breakthrough performance as effortful or straining or tight. It’s the opposite: when people are at their best—whether it’s on…

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Workism Is Making Americans Miserable

In his 1930 essay “Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren,” the economist John Maynard Keynes predicted a 15-hour workweek in the 21st century, creating the equivalent of a five-day weekend. “For the first time since his creation man will be faced with his real, his permanent problem,” Keynes wrote, “how to occupy the leisure.” This became…

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Who Is At Fault?

I saw the piece below on the website and thought it was worth snipping as a discussion piece. There is no doubt that banks are arsheloes who for several years (decades) engaged in appalling business practices. These practices were brought to light by the recent Royal Commission and apparently were a complete surprise to…

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The Science of Developing Mental Toughness

Have you ever wondered what makes someone a good athlete? Or a good leader? Or a good parent? Why do some people accomplish their goals while others fail? What makes the difference? Usually we answer these questions by talking about the talent of top performers. He must be the smartest scientist in the lab. She’s faster…

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It Is Hard Being Human

By saying that it is hard being human I am not referring to the day to day minutia of working, paying bills, interacting with others or the collapse towards entropy that we call ageing. Rather I am referring to understanding the world in a logical, data driven manner. Over the years I have come to…

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Price or Performance

I came across this chart on LinkedIn – It is a comparison between the Baltic Dry Index and the S&P500. For those who dont know the Baltic Dry Index is a proxy for all dry shipping around the world. Fundamental analysts then somehow contort this is to meaning something about world trade and occasionally you…

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Quote Of The Day

“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little… Charles Darwin (side note people forget that Darwin was only 22 when he set out on the Beagle) And if you needed convincing – Extreme opponents of genetically modified foods know the least but think they know the most You could of course…

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