"Sources of Personal Competitive Advantage"
Shane Parrish is collecting a list on Twitter of sources of personal competitive advantage [https://twitter.com/farnamstreet/status/1090810681383780352]. Readers soon joined in and now it’s a long thread that received the following response from business author Kevin Kruse: > “If he doesn’t turn this into a book,
This Quote Scares the Hell Out of Me
> "Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and especially on their children than the unlived life of the parent.” — Carl Jung This quote freaks parents out. Google it and read about heads exploding. Parents love to beat themselves up about their choices. Couple this with the book everyone
The Value of Attention
I see it all the time. A big-name author or rock star enjoys the adulation of millions of fans, but takes home a fraction of the income of a C-level executive or investor. Both envy each other, but I don't know anyone who would honestly take fame over money. In
Self Awareness is Underrated
Of all the "Letters of Note" I've read, none of have come closer to my world view of than this one from H.L. Menken in 1931 [http://www.lettersofnote.com/2012/01/on-meaning-of-life.html]: > "I go on working for the same reason that a hen goes on laying eggs.
The bank I write for, and have worked at for 16 years, is finally calling it quits. My last day is May 31st. I'm lucky to have options as a writer. Not many in finance do. Automation has killed a lot of their jobs. We've heard it for years; if
The Biggest Regret of My Career
Last week, I attempted to explain why it’s not always a great idea to put your work out there in any old form towards the goal of “being noticed.” Of course, this was written from my usual pro-hobbyist bias, as the great majority of my readers are hobbyist photographers
The Economy that Never Dies
Hugh MacLeod [http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=028de8672d5f9a229f15e9edf&id=187680278e#awesomeshare] : > "Business Insider projected in 2015 that over the next twenty years, we’ll lose 47% of our jobs to robots. So what’s protecting the other 53%? > Creativity. The fundamentals of humanity. > We will always need music, photography, books,
Why a Nuclear Physicist Waits Tables at Olive Garden
I went to Olive Garden last night with the family, because we had a gift card. I'll admit, I wasn't expecting much. It had been years since I set foot in an Olive Garden. Our server was an unusual dude. He was middle aged with disheveled hair. He was also
The Advantage of Invisibility
Few people are really “following” your work. Even fewer care. What are you doing with that freedom?