Shane Parrish at Farnam Street uses a short book as a reference to make suggestions about how to complete desired behavioral changes one small step at a time. My favorite quote related to this is Tim Ferriss’s line to “rig the game so you can win.”
Some helpful examples are provided at the bottom of this post of ways to start small in exercising more, increasing how much money you save, and how you can spend your time in a more productive way.
We’ve all enjoyed the emergence of independent sit-down restaurants with cool atmospheres and delicious food. Unfortunately, life is about to get tougher for that industry.
Morgan Housel writes a good piece here on how productive work in our current era may not look like much to outsiders but is increasingly a source of our greatest insights on the job.
Plenty of wisdom from Buffett in this post by professor David Kass, including:
- “If you know who someone’s heroes are, then you will know how they will turn out.”
- “Borrowed money causes more people to go broke than anything else. Charlie Munger has said, smart people ‘go broke from liquor, ladies and leverage.'”
- Advice from Buffett’s partner, Charlie Munger, on taking precautions now to avoid mishaps later: “an ounce of prevention is worth a ton of cure.”
- A good sales tactic: “Some Geico employees have 4 times the productivity of others (selling policies) over the phone. ‘When talking to someone on the phone, put a photo of the person you love most on your desk and talk in the way you would talk to that person.’”
- Don’t become rich twice: “Anyone who has become rich twice is dumb. Why would you risk what you need and have for what you don’t need? If you are already rich, there is no upside to taking on a lot more risk, but there is disgrace on the downside.”
- In reference to bank CEOs who have not responded quickly to problems within their organization (e.g. recent events at Wells Fargo): “One should face up to a problem fast. ‘Get it right, get it fast, get it over.’”
Skim through the rest of the post to find other nuggets you may want to pick up.
San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly was fired yesterday. This was his 4th year as a head coach in the NFL and the second time he’s been fired (his previous 3-year stint as the Eagles head coach ended last year). This is a good synopsis of his positive impact and his failings at the pro level.
Patrick O’Shaughnessy wrote a great post on how his greatest sources of growth in 2016 came from choosing the most difficult tasks possible, the ones that made him most nervous.
I had no idea about the life of Tyrus before seeing this obituary after his passing at the age of 106(!). It’s an excellent piece on his life and that era.
Note: NY Times piece should be the first link in the list on that Google search page.
Many are not happy with the series of events that occurred around the world in 2016, but Chris Hadfield provided a great list of things we can view positively from the past year in this tweet thread: