Great books have ideas that tend to stick with you long after you finish them. I can’t always remember where an idea originated from but lately, there are three books I just can’t stop thinking about.
This book took me far longer to read than I would like to admit but it was worth it. The concepts discussed have given me a better framework to identify asymmetric payoffs and non-linearities in life.
The concept of antifragility is a powerful one.
Antifragility is beyond resilience or robustness. The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the antifragile gets better. …
Who doesn’t feel a little lost?
It’s strange to think some people know exactly what they want to do in life. Especially when we encounter new information daily that could change the way we think about the future and how we live our lives.
How many people can honestly say they know their calling?
I can’t. I feel my experience is more the rule rather than the exception. It’s difficult to grasp what it means to live a life of purpose when the meaning of purpose can change over time. And then there is the issue of expectations. …
I didn’t know what I was watching.
This might seem a little bizarre to you but years ago, I used to watch hours and hours of professional Starcraft gameplay. I didn’t understand what was going on — I never even played the game.
But for some reason, I was hooked.
I could tell people absolutely loved it. And I wanted to experience that same level of enjoyment and passion for myself.
If you’ve ever spectated a sport or eSport and wondered how people could enjoy it, the problem is you don’t see what they see. Initially, all I saw was…
Every ten years feels like its own lifetime.
It’s amazing what we learn through this series of lifetimes. Some lessons take years for us to fully understand, and even longer to accept. Others are pretty plain and simple. And yet, both could be just as useful.
I recently reflected on some of the lessons I learned in my 20s. More importantly, I wanted to focus on those that remain true today. Perhaps, you’ve already learned them or you’re in the process of accepting them. Maybe, you disagree entirely.
In no particular order, here is the list I came up with.
Writing is hard.
Who knew it would be so difficult to express oneself in written word form?
I thought it would just be like speaking. I believed I could just transfer my thoughts onto paper seamlessly. I mean, it’s possible, right? But it would be as disjointed, repetitive, and non-linear as my speech.
So here’s an experiment.
I will do my best not over-edit this piece. I won’t follow any particular structure. I don’t have any subheadings in mind, I don’t even have any fully formed ideas.
Will it be useless garbage?
Well, yes and no.
It should demonstrate that…
When you read self-help pieces, aren’t you just trying to find new ideas you can apply to your own life?
You want a unique perspective on issues you care about. So unless someone is writing a novel, poem, or painting a word picture, I personally don’t care how well they write.
I don’t mind if the author is a little repetitive or long-winded. It just needs to be clear. I want to hear your opinion on what it takes to live a better life no matter how big or small the suggestion. I don’t even have to agree with you…
Limiting beliefs define what we believe is possible.
These beliefs shape the way we view the world and how we behave. They impede action and prevent us from pursuing what we want. Often, our internal dialogue tells us we aren’t good enough. So, we disqualify ourselves. We attribute our inadequacy to a lack of skills and resources. We stop exploring new opportunities and halt our progression.
Limiting beliefs are so powerful, they can destroy our hopes and dreams in an instant. When believing something is impossible leads to inaction, it guarantees nothing will happen.
In short, they are here to…
I’ll be the first to admit it.
I don’t want to throw all my stuff away. I don’t want to have a packing party and box up all my possessions just so I can figure out what I need and what I don’t. It sounds like an enormous hassle.
I mean, who doesn’t already know they don’t need most of their stuff? I’m sure we’d all love to live clutter-free but there is a limit to how much we are willing to sacrifice.
I am not a minimalist. But I have adopted a few minimalist principles which have helped me…
It’s human to make mistakes.
However, when it comes to investing, making mistakes can cost you far more than you intended.
Many FOMO investors know exactly what they are doing. They know they are chasing momentum. And it’s clear they are late to the party. But they don’t care. They continue to throw money at the possibility that the trend continues.
Sometimes though, it’s not obvious to the investor what they are doing. They find themselves buying into a narrative that promises exponential growth. They convince themselves they are investing out of conviction rather than the fear of missing out…
Have you ever reluctantly tried something and ended up loving it?
Maybe it wasn’t really your thing. But by engaging in the activity, you found the experience exceeded your expectations. If you had a choice, you might have decided not to participate. And you would have missed out on something worthwhile.
Choices are irrelevant in situations where experience matters more.
Let’s say you have a choice between archery and skiing. If the targets are too small or far away, or the equipment is too heavy, you wouldn’t enjoy archery. If the slopes are well beyond your skill level, you could…
Lover of Life and Coffee. Former Investment Analyst that enjoys Writing. Persistent Risk Taker. Londoner. Millennial. ENTP.