Lessons Learned

Sep
29
Cool Final Words (by Erek Dorman)

Cool Final Words (by Erek Dorman)

It probably happened outside a cave somewhere in France 30,000 years ago. Ig picked up a rock and cracked
6 min read
Sep
23
Disagree without being Disagreeable (Newsletter 065)

Disagree without being Disagreeable (Newsletter 065)

Ideas spread and become influential because they win over new adherents. If you want your ideas to gain traction you must expose them to people who do not yet agree with you.
5 min read
Sep
21
Achieve Better Outcomes by Being Humble

Achieve Better Outcomes by Being Humble

When we get into the habit of considering what could go wrong before we act, we can improve our odds of future success without having to first personally experience failure.
7 min read
Aug
30
Peripatetics (by Panagiotis Perysinakis)

Peripatetics (by Panagiotis Perysinakis)

Walking became more than an excuse for physical exercise. It became an effortless and very natural exercise in meditation. And it proved a soothing ritual in helping me prepare to face, and then face and process the exodus of my father from this life.
4 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
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
Apr
29
What I Learned From Judging ... And Being Judged (Newsletter 044)

What I Learned From Judging ... And Being Judged (Newsletter 044)

If you want to be happy in life, there is only one comparison you should ever make.
7 min read
Apr
13
To the Citizens of the 2100s (from the 2020s)

To the Citizens of the 2100s (from the 2020s)

You know the history, but do you know what we were thinking when the world lost its collective mind at the end of the 2020s? As someone who lived through it, I want to tell you.
4 min read
Apr
06
Boring is Good (by Hualong Yang)

Boring is Good (by Hualong Yang)

Boringness means something repetitive, stable, and subject to a cycle. Humans tend to chase change and downplay the unchanging.
4 min read
Feb
01
How to Learn by Listening (by Amy Tibbetts Dutton)

How to Learn by Listening (by Amy Tibbetts Dutton)

To learn anything, we must listen to others – really listen and hear them. And then believe them.
3 min read