Monday Links: 4 Lessons from Stoicism

4 lessons from Stoicism that will make you loved (Eric Barker)

— “stop talking about yourself so much. Focus on the other person.” Neuroscience research shows we get more pleasure from talking about ourselves than we do from money or food.

— Self-deprecation to a fault. ‘Oh you think that was bad? You haven’t seen anything. I’ve done much worse at that before.’

— Act as if someone you respect highly is always watching your actions over your shoulder.

— Treat each person you cross paths with as if they are family. You want to bring each circle of your network (family, friends, acquaintances, strangers) closer to you in the center.

The wasted mind of Nebraska senator Ben Sasse (Slate)

In urban China, cash is rapidly becoming obsolete (NY Times) or (Google link)

— Three years ago, everyone in China still used cash, but today almost all residents use one of two smartphone payment options: WeChat or Alipay (owned by Alibaba).

— “In 2016, China’s mobile payments hit $5.5 trillion, roughly 50 times the size of America’s $112 billion market…according to recent data, Ant Financial and Tencent were set to surpass credit card companies like Visa and Mastercard in total global transactions per day in the coming year.”

— “One friend didn’t realize how reliant she had become on mobile payments until her bank called her. She had left her A.T.M. card in the machine three weeks earlier and had not noticed its absence.”