Incentives

These posts cover incentives, and how they drive our behavior. These may include positive incentives (encouraging us to do something) and negative incentives (encouraging us not to do something)
Sep
28
The Worst Career Advice

The Worst Career Advice

The happiest people I know are the ones who learn that success is not measured in money.
5 min read
Sep
13
Nothing Bad that Happens is your Fault

Nothing Bad that Happens is your Fault

What are you supposed to do? Not go out to eat? Not take your vacations? Not relieve your stress by on-line shopping? I think not. To do otherwise is to deny your very worth as a person.
4 min read
Jul
29
Your Attitude is the Best Predictor of Success (Newsletter 057)

Your Attitude is the Best Predictor of Success (Newsletter 057)

A person of average abilities but a superior attitude will outperform a person with great abilities and a poor attitude.
5 min read
Jul
15
Can Big Government Spending Make Anything Better?(Newsletter 055)

Can Big Government Spending Make Anything Better?(Newsletter 055)

I'd argue that the single greatest problem in government is lack of accountability: we look only to the desirability of the policy objective and not to how well our policies achieve the intended result.
7 min read
Jul
07
108 - On A Learning Mind - Moral Letters for Modern Times

108 - On A Learning Mind - Moral Letters for Modern Times

When you are told by experts what to think you may become a believer, but you will not become a thinker.
6 min read
Jun
30
106 - On Thoughts And Actions - Moral Letters for Modern Times

106 - On Thoughts And Actions - Moral Letters for Modern Times

To the extent we feel it necessary to judge motivations in business, we are comfortable to infer motive from actions.
5 min read
Jun
24
A Solution to the College Debt Crisis (Newsletter 052)

A Solution to the College Debt Crisis (Newsletter 052)

Because of the intense societal pressure pushing kids to go to college, among high school graduates aged 16 to 24, around 70% are enrolled in college. But did you know that fully 40% of them never complete their degree?
7 min read
Jun
10
How's Your Moral Hygiene? (Newsletter 050)

How's Your Moral Hygiene? (Newsletter 050)

When it comes to achieving good health, people have followed physical hygiene practices for over a century with good results, dietary hygiene practices for half that time with decidedly mixed results, and mental hygiene practices for a few decades with promising results.
6 min read
Jun
07
Americans Already Work Two Extra Full-Time Jobs

Americans Already Work Two Extra Full-Time Jobs

No matter what we are doing, we are now typically simultaneously consuming media in some form.
3 min read
Jun
03
What the Heck Were they Thinking? (Newsletter 049)

What the Heck Were they Thinking? (Newsletter 049)

Although it's true we sometimes learn from our own mistakes, it's considerably less embarrassing to use other people's screwups for our teachable moments.
6 min read