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Jan 14, 2021

The hook

A hook is what you put in front of the fishing line, not the middle.
The hook is the first action you take, it’s the first thing you say — it’s the first and most important point that needs to be made in order for a change to happen.
Making a good...

Online Recommendations

If we achieve full online privacy, won't online recommendations suffer? That is, we may not get accurate recommendations of things to buy or friends to connect with.

Come to think of it, do we really need tech to suggest things to buy and new friends to make? To be honest, I...

Zoom Zoom
Better than golf

You don't need to be young to participate in club motorsport. The average age of a member with the Zoom-Zoom club is fifty-four years of age. One of my friends in the Zoom-Zoom club was sixty-six when he first drove a car on a race track. Despite him working for a...

In defense of the backlog

Some programmers like to hate on the backlog. It's just an endless list of tasks that we'll never get to, they say. It's demoralizing, they say.

Some of these same programmers love Getting Things Done, though. The GTD process includes the "capture" of stuff (thoughts, todos, etc) into an inbox. It...

Solomon Asch

Sometimes it's doubt, not bad vision, that gets in the way of us seeing things clearly.

In 1951 Psychologist Solomon Asch conducted a study involving a participant sitting in a room with confederates — people purporting to be a part of the study but who were actually working for Asch —...
Jan 13, 2021

Mastery
Skills

Someone asked this question in a FB group that I follow.

What is a rare combination of two skills that when combined make someone unstoppable?

I love the question but I found it hard to answer. It took me a long time but eventually, it came down to these four skills:

a)...
Abraham Kim

Confronting Truth as reply to Let it bleed

@Abe, to take it up a notch about confronting truth, doesn't it follow that the artist should confront truth in the present, not only in hindsight? Or is that what you mean about growing (learning from the past) in order to confront it (the present). 

It's possible to confront truth in...

Sometimes...

Sometimes it's really difficult to stop yourself from saying things in the tone you really want to. Some situations call for being professional or assuming the person is not stupid. So you pick a gentler tone, you hedge your words a bit to give them some room to manoeuvre. You...

Shark Tank

I am watching back to back episodes of shark tank the last few days. 
It is a nice show to get ideas and to learn how to do things in business. 

I wonder if I have the ability to stay calm and deliver a pitch if I had a product where I...
Jan 12, 2021

We need to talk about free speech

As with any thorny subject, it's good to undo the brambles and try to get down to the root of the issue before we start pruning indiscriminately. But we don't have the time, or maybe we just don't have the patience. Frankly, I'd say we don't really have the interest. 

When...

30 day book-writing challenge

The other day I happened to see that James Altucher retweeted someone named Steven Farmer who was inspired to write a book as part of some #30daybookchallenge. The book is called 90/10 Fitness: How to get a great body fast, simple, and for life. I don't have a problem with...