The Paradox of Freedom

The Paradox of Freedom

If we assume that freedom is always a good thing, then it seems we should experience happiness in proportion to the amount of freedom that we have… But does greater freedom lead to greater happiness? Apparently not… This fact is the paradox of freedom. The paradox of freedom is that too much freedom ultimately leads to slavery… Both in society and in ourselves. Karl Popper writes about the paradox of freedom in his book “The Open Society and Its Enemies: Volume 1”: The so-called paradox of freedom is the well-known idea that…

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Cemetery Arbitrage

cemetery arbitrage

While it seems counterintuitive, homes located near cemeteries sell for around 11% more than homes further away from cemeteries… Redfin did some research on home sales in five different locations across the U.S. and discovered that homes near the dead sell for $162 per square foot vs. $145 per square foot further away. This is a surprising stat. It suggests that if you can find a fixer-upper near a cemetery, buy it for a bargain and fix it up, you might be able to make more money than you would…

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Seth Godin May Not Believe In Free Will Either… But He Does Believe In Dancing.

Sam Harris and Yuval Noah Harari believe that free will is a mirage… It turns out that Seth Godin may not believe in free will either… But he does believe in dancing. In his book “What To Do When It’s Your Turn (And It’s Always Your Turn)” Seth writes about the illusion of free will… The voice in our head, the lizard brain, is akin to a sports caster describing the player and the play… The “player” is our subconscious after initiating an action, and the lizard brain is just…

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The Default Line

the default line becomes the norm

A fault line is the visible path of a fracture… a trace along the surface of the Earth caused by the rupturing of an underground fault. Faults are caused by shifting of volumes of rock within the Earth’s crust… When pressure builds on a fault, it can result in a sudden, significant release of energy… Earthquake. Even though they’re invisible to us, we acknowledge fault lines… Ignore them at your own peril. Respect the Fault Line In areas with highly respected fault lines, such as the 750 mile long San Andreas…

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The PIE Ratio and The Price of Freedom

The Price of Freedom

The formula for calculating 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” by Scott Galloway. Like the definition of “rich”, the “price of freedom” is the what it takes you to generate passive…

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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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Recycle Yourself For Greater Efficiency

“Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” is the mantra of sustainability minded folks… Same goes for the phrase, “Think Globally, Act Locally“. But would the world, and you, be better off (and more successful in your personal life) if you really did reduce, reuse and recycle locally? Like SUPER locally? You can do so by reducing the amount of food you eat, and then let your body reuse and recycle itself. How does this work? Autophagy. What is Autophagy and is it Good For You? When you drastically reduce the amount of…

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Resolutions for 2018

Continue building a foundation for financial freedom and multiple streams of income. Continue working from home. Continue to spend as much time with my family as possible. Be grateful for everything I have, the days I am alive and that I have my health and any time I have left. Be grateful for my family and friends. Maintain integrity. Develop more daily disciplines. Support the causes I believe in. Help others as much as I can. Thanks again to anyone who stumbled upon this blog in 2017.

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