Nov 25, 2019

The Definition of Rationality

“Rationality is not what has conscious verbalistic explanatory factors; it is only what aids survival, avoids ruin.

“Rationality is risk management, period.”

- NN Taleb, "How to be Rational about Rationality"

Oct 18, 2019

Change Yourself, Not Others

“To a disciple who was forever complaining about others, the Master said, ‘If it is peace you want, seek to change yourself, not other people. It is easier to protect your feet with slippers than to carpet the whole of the earth.’”

- Anthony de Mello (via Tim Ferriss)

Sep 21, 2019

Naval's Work Rules

Work rules:
  1. Delete emails w/o responding or flinching. 
  2. Don’t set up voicemail. 
  3. Don’t travel purely for business. 
  4. Don’t go to conferences unless speaking. 
  5. Eat dinner with friends or family. 
  6. Use blocks of open time to create, make good decisions, & focus on important over urgent. 
"Meetings are the death of productivity."

Specific rules for meetings:
  1. No meetings before 11am. 
  2. No meetings when emails or calls will do. 
  3. Don’t schedule calls, text coordinate them on the fly when possible. 
  4. Cram all meetings into two days a week. 
  5. 1-on-1s are usually 30-minute walking meetings. 
  6. Upgrade walking meetings to walking up and down hills if all parties are up for it. 

Sep 20, 2019

Sowell on Profits

“To the economically illiterate, if some company makes a million dollars in profit, this means that their products cost a million dollars more than they would have cost without profits.

“It never occurs to such people that these products might cost several million dollars more to produce than if they were produced by enterprises operating without the incentives to be efficient created by the prospect of profits.”

- Thomas Sowell

Aug 27, 2019

The Six Dimensions of Wellness

“Once someone’s basic needs are met (e.g., food and shelter), scientists say that wellness emerges from nourishing six dimensions of your health: physical, emotional, cognitive, social, spiritual, and environmental.”

- Brad Stulberg, Outdoor magazine citing, "The Conceptualization and Measurement of Perceived Wellness: Integrating Balance across and within Dimensions," American Journal of Health Promotion