There Is No Normal, Normal is ALWAYS Subjective (Haig)

A quote from Matt Haig’s Reasons To Stay Alive, There is no standard normal. Normal is subjective. There are seven billion version of normal on this planet.  Haig’s book is intensely personal. But this quote works on an intrapersonal level too.  If we accept there is no standard normal, we can approach each person’s journey … Continue reading There Is No Normal, Normal is ALWAYS Subjective (Haig)

People Problems Are Complicated (And More Valuable To Solve)

When I’m doing financial planning work, I always have to remind people that there’s no perfect answer.  There are some mathematically optimal answers, but with all the variables in life and the real world, we can’t predict everything, no should we try (nor should we imagine we can, no matter how pretty the report output … Continue reading People Problems Are Complicated (And More Valuable To Solve)

Podcast Of The Week: Tales From The Crypto [FTX Podcast Collection]

Somebody else made a “Tales from the Crypto” joke already I’m sure, but I thought of it now and I’m running with it damnit.  With the FTX bankruptcy and crypto ponzi blowups making headlines all around us, I’ve been fascinated by just what happened, who got sucked in (and how), and how the world is … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Tales From The Crypto [FTX Podcast Collection]

Subbing “Thanks” For “Sorry”

h/t Zach for sending me this recent Seth Godin post, “Sorry/Thanks” (which is short enough to share here): If you often find yourself saying “sorry” in a way that doesn’t advance the conversation, it might be interesting to substitute “thank you” instead. So, “I’m sorry this came out of the kitchen after your other dishes,” … Continue reading Subbing “Thanks” For “Sorry”

Maggie Rogers On Her (Visual) Creative Inputs

Before Maggie Rogers makes an album, she has to write some songs. And before she writes some songs, she starts with some visuals.  She calls it a mood board (and this is apparently a thing people do that TIL).  As a synesthesiac, her brain connects colors to feelings and sounds. She pulls out the poster … Continue reading Maggie Rogers On Her (Visual) Creative Inputs

Why Hindsight = Opportunity, But Foresight = Risk

This Morgan Housel quote is about markets. It’s also about anything we thought was scary but did anyway in our past, and anything we think looks scary and aren’t sure if we’ll do in our future.  Every past market crash looks like an opportunity, but every future market crash looks like a risk.  In markets, … Continue reading Why Hindsight = Opportunity, But Foresight = Risk

Podcast Of The Week: Paul Graham’s Essays Via Founders Podcast

Paul Graham’s essays have had an influence on a lot of people. Me included. I’ve written about “The Lesson To Unlearn” here, but when I search my notes I not only see a ton of references to his essays that I’ve made, but also how many times other authors/podcasts/etc. have quoted him (and I’ve made … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Paul Graham’s Essays Via Founders Podcast

Everything You Know Could Already Be Wrong

We’re all smart people - but, times change.  Jimmy Iovine tells a story about how at the point when Interscope Records (his record label) was on the top of the world, he thought Napster was going to ruin everything.  As a kid from Brooklyn, he knew the value of walking into a store and buying … Continue reading Everything You Know Could Already Be Wrong