The Most Interested Person Of All Time There was once a man who, five hundred years ago, figured out that birds wings flap up at a different speed to which they flap down. But he was no zoologist. He mapped out the dental structure of humans. But never practiced dentistry. He devised an experiment with a bull's heart and wax to determine how blood flowed in the heart. But he never treated a patient. He discovered friction, plus some of Newton's Laws two hundred years ahead of time, but didn't publish scientific findings at all. He designed flying machines, crossbows, and other feats of engineering.
Let's Bust Your Faulty Ideas About Motivation Perhaps you're not feeling motivated because what you're doing doesn't make sense. Perhaps it's just not worth doing. What's the struggle, dear reader? Is it getting out of bed to go to work? Is it sitting down to study? Well a few thousand years ago, a man by the name of Jesus walked head first into his own crucifixion. A bit more recently, a man by the name of Nelson Mandela walked head first into some 27 years in prison. What a mismatch then — why didn't they struggle to motivate themselves to do that stuff, when
This is Warren Buffett and Charles T. Munger. If you've never seen or heard of them before, they're two of the most famous investors of all time, and their partnership has lasted 62 years. They were introduced at a dinner party by a mutual friend who thought they'd get along in 1959. They form one of the most powerful partnerships of all time, and they show us the importance and impact that the right people can have on your life. The Impact I can't really comment on the impact Buffett has had on Munger, or vice versa. I'm not privy to their inner circles.
What is the best way to sing? What is the best way to sing? Beyonce Knowles sings very differently to Barbara Streisand, who sings differently to Freddy Mercury, and his singing was very different to Adele's. Each has risen to great heights by doing things their respective way. So what's the best way to sing? What's the consensus? What is the best way to steer a soccer team to victory? Pep Guardiola’s teams hoard possession, press hard and break teams down. And they’ve won it all. But then there’s Jose Mourinho’s teams who are the stark opposite. They're defensively tight, less sexy, less glamorous. They’ve won
When I was in my late teens, I didn’t really understand that entrepreneurship could be a path for me. It just seemed like this thing Richard Branson (creator of Virgin) did. It didn’t seem accessible even though I read his book and learnt about his story. I remember another moment when I was at university studying psychology. We did this unit on consumer psychology and I thought about how fascinating that would be as a career path, but I was in a bind. My dream had been, for however long, to be a filmmaker and not a psychologist. I looked at these
Everyone wants it to be like a Train Station. They want to come in in a mob, punch a ticket, and then go on through. To every problem, they want a train ticket solution. The Afterlife. The train to the afterlife. To catch it, do you simply have to show up to your temple once a week? Does your hypocrisy outside the temple not matter? Do you believe that if you show up, hold out your ticket, you get to go onboard? Can you catch the train instead of living by true values? Success. The train to success. Do you just show up in the crowd with all the others,
Does the Boomerang Effect happen to you too? Do you come across great passages, one-liners or life lessons that resonate with you deeply… only to then be lost or forgotten? But does the mystic universe then ‘boomerang’ these lessons back to you time and time again…. As if you are meant to revisit them at another time? The passage I want to share with you today was ‘boomeranged’ back to me recently. Though I will ask you to consider it without its religious context, it has come to be dedicated to the brave and revolutionary Oscar Romero, who was shot and killed in
The wisest people in any discipline rarely give us all the steps to get to where they’ve gotten. Why is that? Seth Godin, the great marketer, does not teach you how to use Facebook Ads. I read Poor Charlie’s Almanac but did not gather much from the great Charlie Munger on how to invest like him and Buffett - but more so about life, and then I realised that was the same thing. Naval Ravikant is famous for his How to Get Rich (Without Getting Lucky) Tweet-storm and podcast stream, yet even this was a big picture view, and provided the fundamentals. He didn’t
I was out for dinner the other night and I was fielding a few questions as to why I wasn’t drinking. I realised recently that I didn’t want to drink alcohol anymore. I haven’t missed it so far. It turns out I didn’t need it anymore. What ensued was a very healthy conversation about the role of drinking in our culture and our lives. Mr. Alcohol If there had once existed a person called ‘Mr. Alcohol’ who invented the suite of alcoholic drinks, then this person has done quite well in placing his product at the heart of almost every social ritual. Birthdays. Weddings. Long
A man walks into a store with a sign over the door. “BUY-PRODUCTS” it says. On a shelf at the back, he sees a line of attractive products with no price tag. MONEY. FAME. BEING LOVED BY ALL. ROMANCE. FANATICAL FRIENDS. THOUGHT LEADER STATUS. PROMOTIONS. ETERNAL SALVATION. A SENSE OF PURPOSE. He can’t believe his luck. All the things he has ever wanted. “Excuse me” he says to the person behind the register. “How much for one of each?” The attendee looks confused. “What do you mean sir?” She asks. The man gestures at the shelf behind her, with all the great labels. “I saw the sign over the door, I want to BUY PRODUCTS”. The