Cadillac Addresses American Consumerism and Work-Life Balance

February 23, 2014 Leave a comment

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5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Work Too Hard – The Washington Post

What are the most difficult things people have to learn in their 20s?

February 21, 2014 Leave a comment

From Neil Campbell on Quora:

Here are 30 pieces of wisdom I hold at thirty:

  • Setting goals you never reach happens, doesn’t mean you should stop.
  • Save a little bit often, don’t plan on touching it.
  • Love doesn’t come easy, fairytales sell books, lawyers sell divorce.
  • You will only become more risk averse over time, so don’t delay doing crazy shit
  • Save a lot of stress by admitting mistakes.
  • You can’t always be honest, but you can always avoid being dishonest.
  • You were a different person 10 years ago, you will be different in 10 more.
  • Education is the best way to deal with a problem.
  • The benefit of the doubt is something we want just as much as anyone else. So gift it.
  • If you keep complaining about the same thing, deal with it. Before your friends disown you.
  • Great stories can bear a million tellings: getting lost is called an adventure.
  • Advice from other people can be equal parts shit and brilliance.
  • Everyone wants your money. Bargain hard, we all take pride in a good deal.
  • Don’t hold grudges. Seriously, just don’t.
  • Flirting keeps the heart young.
  • Take time to learn about the stuff you eat.
  • There are several billion people hungrier than you.
  • There are several billion people happier with less.
  • Humans make shit up all the time. Because the internet.
  • Believing in fate means you believe people who have terrible lives somehow deserve them.
  • Force yourself to be more active. Your life will involve a lot of sitting towards the end.
  • Consume less, create more. In everything. Repeat.
  • You can ignore reality, but not the consequences of ignoring reality
  • Time slows down when you’re in foreign environments, a week abroad is worth a month at home.
  • If you have a choice, invest in experiences over objects
  • Shit happens, worse, to more people, more often. So just get on with it.
  • Character is what happens when you learn to navigate fuck ups.
  • Patience is one of the best traits a person can develop.
  • Don’t worry about shit that’s happened, people don’t care as much as you think they do.
  • Some things aren’t meant for you, so let them go without making a fuss.

 

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The Patagonia Story

February 20, 2014 Leave a comment

Patagonia’s founder, Yvon Chouinard, speaking at UCSB in 2008 on the company’s history, environmentalism and corporate responsibility. It starts off a little slow, so you can jump up to 17:40 to get into the meat of the presentation.

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Why Creativity Is So Important To Running A Successful Business

February 6, 2014 Leave a comment

From a recent Tucker Max post:

“It’s funny, most people think that business decisions are business decisions, when actually, they are marketing decisions. Look at this Quora thread about the smartest business move. Read through it, and you’ll realize that the vast majority are creative marketing decisions, not straight business decisions. That’s something that people don’t understand about business–the “business” parts of business are usually pretty easy. Accounting, finance, payroll, that shit can be done by a monkey.

The hard part is sales, marketing, design–the creative parts. The parts where you have to interact with people and convince them to do or buy something. That’s very hard, and most people don’t really realize that is a creative issue, not a “business” one. The start-ups I work with all know this and understand this, and use me for insights or ideas in this area.”

FULL ARTICLE “New York Magazine on my Angel Investing” – Tucker Max

 

Quality vs. Quantity of Information

January 26, 2014 Leave a comment

From the NYTimes:

“We don’t need more bits and bytes of information, or more frequent updates about each other’s modest daily accomplishments. What we need instead is more wisdom, insight, understanding and discernment — less quantity, higher quality; less breadth and more depth…

Going deeper does mean forgoing immediate gratification more often, taking time to reflect and making more conscious choices. It also requires the capacity to focus in a more absorbed and sustained way, which takes practice and commitment in a world of infinite distractions.”

Further reading: 

The Low-Information Diet by Tim Ferriss

Avoid News: Towards A Healthy News Diet by Rolf Dobelli

Denham Psycho

January 21, 2014 Leave a comment
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Lessons from Publius Syrus

January 20, 2014 Leave a comment

Publius Syrus

Publius (Publilius) Syrus was a former Syrian slave who lived in the first century B.C. I just finished “The Moral Sayings of Publius Syrus: A Roman Slave,” a collection of over 1,000 of his maxims on life. Some will be very familiar to readers (“Familiarity breeds contempt,” “He who chases two hares will catch neither”), while many others are less widely known.

If you’re into Stoicism or have enjoyed reading Seneca, Marcus Aurelius or Baltasar Gracián, you’ll probably enjoy this book too. Here are some of my favorite sayings from Publius Syrus:

Communication:

  • Consider what you ought to say and not what you think.

Education and learning: 

  • Better be ignorant of a matter than half know it.
  • The wise man corrects his own errors by observing those of others.
  • The subordinate perceives all the failings of his superior.

Friends:

  • It is harder to judge between friends than enemies.
  • Fear the envy of your friends more than the snares of your enemies.

Generosity:

  • He who boasts of a favor bestowed would like it back again.
  • To be always giving is to encourage a forcible taking when you refuse to give.

Money:

  • We all seek to know whether we shall be rich, but no one whether we shall be good.

Passion:

  • A wise man rules his passions, a fool obeys them.

Problem-solving:

  • Mighty rivers may easily be leaped at their source.

Productivity:

  • An hour sometimes restores the sum of many years losses.

Reputation:

  • A good reputation is more valuable than money.
  • Many consult their reputation, but few their conscience.

MORE LINKS: 

Five Books You Should Read Before You Turn 30 – Farnam Street

Ryan Holiday’s Amazon review

9 Mind-expanding Books of Philosophy That Are Actually Readable (A Guide to Practical Philosophy) by Ryan Holiday


								
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