Three Important Life Questions from “Principles”

Ray Dalio’s book “Principles” is a very good read. It delivers early on, too. Within the first few pages Dalio offers three important questions that anyone can use to help them make better decisions in their life. Indeed, if you only remember these questions, you could get a ton of value from this book. The three questions Ray Dalio asks you to ask yourself are: What do you want? What is true? Considering #2, what are you going to do to accomplish #1? So simple, but so important. The questions…

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Freedom and Debt

Some people just have a lot of interests. And it can be hard to whittle them down. Such a big world. So much to know and do… Why not be a philistine? Accept, though, that if you’re unfocused you will have a hard time generating income. So stay away from debt. Because debt can make the process of finding, and doing, what you love much harder. I saw the quote below, attributed to Tom Rothman, former President of Fox Filmed Entertainment, which sums it up: “The trick is from the…

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The Greatness Trap

It’s easy to psych yourself out when you’re starting something new… You imagine all the people watching you learn. Watching the mistakes you’ll make. The discomfort of the learning process. The unknowns. How long it will take to transform yourself into whatever you envision is “great”. It can be daunting to think of the amount of time it will take for you to become great at this new thing… However, this type of thinking is a trap… Greatness starts immediately. It starts the moment you commit to do the work…

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3 Podcasts on Alcohol Worth Listening To

3 podcasts on alcohol worth listening to

Trying to quit drinking? Good luck with it… Seriously. Even if you are a disciplined person, you need all the help you can get.  Go to a party and chances are >95% there will be alcohol available and most people will be drinking. We’re bombarded by advertising that it’s acceptable and cool to drink. Alcohol’s acceptance is reinforced by links to it being relaxing, for celebrating, for having fun, related to success, something after winning, associated with living the good life, etc. You’ve probably been conditioned your entire life to think…

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The PIE Ratio and The Price of Freedom

The Price of Freedom

The price of freedom varies from person to person. The amount of money you need to earn to be free to make all of your own decisions will depend on your obligations and responsibilities and where you live, etc. But I read a great quote today that pretty much sums up what that price is… It was framed in terms of the “definition of rich” in a tweet by Michael Batnick referencing an article by Scott Galloway called “Happiness and The Gorilla“. Basically the price of freedom is the what…

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Someone Needs to Kill “Rapid Fire Questions”

someone needs to kill rapid fire questions

Podcasters and interviewers sometimes do this thing where they wrap up their episodes by asking their interviewees some “rapid fire questions“… But… The questions are usually not “rapid” in the speedy sense.  I think they’re just questions. They’re the favorite questions the podcaster always likes to ask his or her guests. As an alternative, they could ask “quick reaction” questions where the guests have to answer quickly without thinking too much, or based on instinct. Or what about… Using a stopwatch with a max time to respond and a buzzer that will…

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The Best and Worst Jobs for “Questioners”

what are the best and worst jobs for questioners

Gretchen Rubin wrote a book about human behavior, and the psychology of human expectations called “The Four Tendencies“.  The Four Tendencies is about the four different personality types that most people fit into. The four personality types are: Obligers: Obligers will do what others ask without much prodding. They like the external structure and expectations of others to drive them. They can have issues setting and meeting internal expectations and goals, though. Upholders: Upholders can meet both internal and external expectations. They make great entrepreneurs. Questioners: Questioners can meet internal expectations,…

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5 Best Quotes From The “Man In The Arena” Speech

5 Best Quotes from the Man in the Arena Speech

Theodore Roosevelt’s 1910 speech at the Sorbonne in Paris, France is also known as the “Man in the Arena” speech. The famous “Man in the Arena” quote has been used to good effect and as inspiration by countless people, including Brene Brown whose book “Daring Greatly” was inspired by it. But the entire speech is actually awesome through and through, and filled with great quotes. Indeed, if you read it today you are likely to find Roosevelt’s thoughts, comments and insights on everything from politics to human nature resonate as…

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The Perfect Failure

The irony of perfectionism is that you may never give yourself the opportunity to get good at anything at all. Fears of being tested, of ridicule and of failure all love a perfectionist. So, at least enjoy the excitement of coasting your way to the bottom. And once you arrive there, you’ll have achieved a perfect record of never having known victory or defeat.

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Coasting to the Bottom

Coasting is awesome. You’re having a blast… The wind at your face. Time flies. You’re moving fast. No effort and no work necessary. Next thing you know, you start slowing down. You’re at the bottom… You look up the hill… You think, “Jesus. What the fuck?” How did I get here? Coasting. Having coasted awhile, you’ve forgotten how much work it takes to pedal. So, get used to the pain of pedaling… And practice a little pedaling every day, even if it sucks, like your life and sanity depended on it.…

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