We love stories of people who bucked conventional wisdom to achieve incredible success. But not accounting for the failures in these stories is an error that distorts our view of reality. So and so dropped out of high school and started a business while working a paper route. Everyone told our intrepid maverick that X … Read more Survivorship Bias: Dropping Out of School Won’t Make You a Billionaire. I Don’t Care Who Did It.
We can look at life as a series of judgments and conclusions. What is that person’s intent? What should I have for lunch? And many other decisions. When we improve our reasoning, we improve our capacity to gather and verify facts as well as update our beliefs. Doing so helps us make sense of the … Read more Logical Fallacy: Denying the Antecedent
How many times have you made what seemed like a great decision only to later realize how wrong you were? Don’t lie. It’s happened to us all. It’s not that you’re stupid or a bad decision-maker. It’s that your brain is trying to simplify your information processing. These cognitive biases serve a purpose in our … Read more The Secret to Better Decision Making
Throughout human history, impostor syndrome has plagued mankind. The first cave painters to modern writers and artists have felt the anxiety-causing bite of impostor syndrome over their great works. While I’m no great writer, I’ve dealt with it as well. In this post, I’m going to discuss my tactics for coping with impostor syndrome. The … Read more How to Cope With Impostor Syndrome
Life has a unique capacity to throw bad situations at us when we least expect it. Or good opportunities. It depends on our outlook. Last summer, I was still a brainless drone in the cubicle-zombie collective. That’s when I had a conflict with a supervisor over an ethical issue. My supervisor did something unethical on … Read more Be Smarter Than the Average Pinball
What if I told you there’s a way to unleash your high-performance potential? And it won’t cost you anything but your time. No drugs, doctor visits, or overpriced Internet guru mastermind required. And when I say high performer, I mean top performer across the board: physical and mental. You’ll crank up everything. From your health … Read more I Hate to Tell You This: But You Need to Sleep (sleep part 2)
Below are some books, podcasts, supplements, and gear that add value to my life. Of course, value is subjective. So. there aren’t any guarantees any of this will do the same for you. Also, remember that owning stuff for the sake of owning it won’t bring you fulfillment. Use your mind. note: all Amazon links … Read more Strength and Reason Best of the Best
Sleep deprivation destroys both your cognitive and athletic performance. It affects memory, robs you of strength, and kills your decision making. Even so, some people romanticize the idea that you must overwork yourself to be a high performer. You don’t. You’re limiting your ability to function at a high level when you don’t sleep. A … Read more You Need to Understand Why Sleep Deprivation Destroys Performance (sleep part 1)
“It’s not enough to be in the right place at the right time. You have to be the right person in the right place at the right time.” – T. Harv Eker Unlike movies, I’m strict about what I look for in a good book. First, it must answer some immediate question or need. Second, … Read more Think Like a Millionaire with Secrets of the Millionaire Mind (book review)
Do you have a friend who accuses you of being okay with school shootings because you support gun rights? Or that you’re racist because you support immigration control. Don’t you want to dump a beer over that guy’s head? Don’t. Instead, shut him up by pointing out his logic errors. Then, leave him speechless with … Read more What is a Logical Fallacy? Learn How to Spot Logic Errors.