Something really annoying just happened – again. This time I will use it as an example and make the effort to write about it, so I can refer people to this article in the future – probably time and time again.
Before I get to the example itself, let me say this:
Lazy thinking destroys lifes
… and creates a world of stupidity.
- I dislike lazy, fuzzy thinking.
- I don’t particularly appreciate (more…)
I have always been keen on learning, but there is a inflationary use of learning as a substitute for pay (as in the exchange of material goods). This mechanic is haunting those who haven’t established a proper perception of their skill and expertise with their buyer/employer/client/customer yet.
Look who’s talking. I’m affected too. Time to rethink this a little …
Witty entrepreneurs looking for cheap labor have long mastered the “you will learn something” argument as a justification to not spend any money on (more…)
It’s interesting how down-to-earth one of the wealthiest people in the world is. Warren Buffett provides some great insights into longterm investment and his success (in collaboration with Charlie Munger).
Most relevant to me and my current situation is …
Beware of macro opinions. Instead focus in on things to get a better understanding.
“Forming macro opinions or listening to the macro or market predictions of others is a waste of time.”
Know your “circle of competence” (more…)
Jack Reacher appeared on Netflix not long ago. It was late at night on the weekend when I decided I was kind of in the mood for a probably mediocre action movie – and possibly fall asleep while watching it.
I was mistaken. The opposite happened: I really enjoyed the movie.
That was particularly due to the fact that Tom Cruise (more…)
A few days ago I was just taking a shower when the fire alarm was set off. Anke came in and told me that everybody appears to be leaving the building (although no fire, smoke or anything similar could be detected from our apartment).
So I stepped out of the shower, threw on some pants and packed everything valuable within less than a minute: My laptop and a hard drive, my phone, iPad, the JamBox, my passport and credit cards – done.
We left the building with everything really important on us. I carried a small daypack weighing about 2-3 kg.
Seeing me a minute later on the motorbike, you would never have suspected what just happened.
I really enjoy how little I own.
I sometimes find it hard to listen, as in just listen, for a simple reason:
I have the feeling that if I don’t interrupt or at least comment when something is said with which I don’t agree, I agree by default.*
It gets even worse if the person talking to me unconsciously inserts some “… you know (what I mean)” here and there.
Now that being said, I do make an effort to let you finish your point without interrupting. However, if I don’t take notes I can only keep quiet for so long.
If you intend to just talk for a while –and want me to just listen– , I actually do wonder why you’re even talking to me because you’re certainly not talking with me.
* This might be just ego or whatever, but please, read on before you judge.
It’s hard to enjoy other people’s success.
It can be very uplifting at times to have other people share their success stories.
It can also be very frustrating – especially when you’re struggling yourself.
Following the recommendations of Merlin Mann and John Gruber from their conversation on The Talk Show podcast, episode 61, I purchased these two today:
- The Elements of Style, which appears to be a book that all students in the US are required to have read. Also very short book.
- On Writing Well, which seems to be less popular but praised by the guys. I’m curious.
Inspired by recent discussions on our business mastermind call (more…)
Although this is nothing novel …
Here’s what I will do more:
We consume all kinds of information in various forms. Digest simply means to give the things that resonate with you in your current situation some time to get over the first reaction and see (more…)
Nassim Nicholas Taleb differentiates between “domain dependence” and “domain independence” in his book ‘Antifragile – things that gain from disorder‘. He writes:
Some people can understand an idea in one domain, say, medicine, and fail to recognize it in another, say, socioeconomic life.
Here’s how my endeavours in chess lead to some curious insights in other areas, or domains, for that matter. (more…)
It’s all Max’s fault. He was the one that pointed me to the highly entertaining and educating chess videos of Jerry. This is where I re-discovered a game I had long abandoned after some dabbling while still in school. What followed were a few months of playing and studying the game.
I also mostly followed the recent chess world championships. The match ended with Magnus Carlsen now being the new champion.
What a boring topic, you may think. I can understand that. I even partly agree.
It won’t be fascinating at all to watch (more…)