Category Archives: Growth

Trading Biases

Source: ZeroHedge, Oct 2017


On Reading Well

Source: Farnam Street, Oct 2017

For us to get the most out of each book we read, it is vital to have a plan for recording, reflecting on, and putting into use the conclusions we draw from the information we consume.

Before Reading

  • Choose Your Books Wisely
  • Get Some Context
  • Know Why You’re Reading the Book
  • Skim the Index, Contents, and Preface
  • Match the Book to Your Setting or Situation

While Reading

  • Make Notes
  • Stay Focused
  • Mark Up the Book
  • Stop and Build a Vivid Mental Picture
  • Make Mental Links
  • Keep Mental Models in Mind

After Reading

  • Think About What You Can Apply
  • Teach What You Have Learned
  • Catalogue Your Notes
  • Reread (If Necessary)

Biggest Regrets (MIT students)

Source: Quora, date indeterminate

One of the biggest regrets that I observed among the people I knew was that we didn’t take advantage of the opportunities available to us during our time at MIT.

At MIT, we had unparalleled opportunity to talk to incredibly intelligent, insightful, and interesting minds around us; not just fellow students, but also faculty and leadership at the Institute. People also had a great can-do attitude; if you had an exciting idea that you wanted to bring to life, chances were that you’d be able to find multiple people to help you do it.

However, for many of us, this opportunity was easy to take for granted, and there was always something urgent vying for our attention—a problem set due the next day, an upcoming week of midterms, rehearsals for this weekend’s a cappella performance. As a result, we entirely neglected this opportunity and didn’t realize that it would be gone until it was too late. This particular regret doesn’t just apply to MIT or even just to college in general—it applies to any time/place where a large number of interesting people are gathered. Take advantage of these gatherings, and talk to as many people as you can.

More personally, I wish that I had obsessed less about my grades. Perhaps I would feel differently about this if I were going into a field where my undergraduate GPA mattered (e.g. medicine, academia, anything that required additional schooling), but because I chose to enter the software industry, my grades were of little consequence as long as they were satisfactory. I felt that the amount of time and effort I spent worrying unnecessarily about my grades could have been better spent exploring more extracurriculars, working on side projects, or simply spending more time with my friends (I was often the one turning down Friday night group dinners to study).

Furthermore, this obsession with my grades made me more hesitant to take challenging classes, and I often dropped classes once it became clear that it would be difficult for me to get an A in them.

Softbank’s 30/300 year Vision – Symbiosis

Source: Softbank website, Oct 2017



Sleep Deprivation Deprives Lives

Source: Fortune, Sep 2017

people who don’t get enough sleep tend to be less healthy and have lower energy levels than those who get the recommended amount of shut eye per night. After analyzing the results of 20 separate studies, he’s found a strong correlation between how much people sleep and how long they live. In summary: The less you sleep, the shorter your life will be.

Growth Matters

Source: Luke Muelhauser website, Sep 2017

my first speculation from my brief expedition in “quantiative macrohistory” is this:

Human well-being was pretty awful by modern standards until the industrial revolution, after which most things we care about got vastlybetter in the span of a century or two.

But that is probably not a surprising claim to most readers of this blog, especially those who have studied economic history.

Ignorance .NE. (Un)Intelligence

Source: Fast Company, Sep 2017