Courage

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Status quo bias, and the uncertainty of your success

Tyler Cowen, an economist and author, thinks our preference for the status quo is one of our costliest biases. I heard him make that claim in an interview he did with Ezra Klein. It’s easy to frame status quo bias as a form of risk aversion. And I think that’s right. Change is risky. We
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Fake news, Facebook, and Civil War-era U.S. Senators

You probably heard about the frustration around the prevalence of fake news on Facebook. Some people even think the fake news problem is so bad that it might have swung the U.S. presidential election. Let’s leave the immediate political implications aside. What I want to focus on is one part of this story: the role
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My favorite quote about criticism

Here is my favorite quote about criticism: To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing. This quote has been mistakenly attributed to Aristotle. The fair credit should go to Elbert Hubbard. I saw the quote for the very first time last week. Someone posted it on LinkedIn, linking it to Aristotle. I loved the
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Gregg Popovich just taught you how to be an A player

Gregg Popovich is the head coach of the San Antonio Spurs, the most successful franchise in professional basketball over the last 20 years. The Spurs have won five NBA championships under his watch. Last week, he was asked what the Spurs look for in their employees. Here’s what he said: “For us, it’s easy. We’re
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Find your career truth via journaling

My professional journey has been wandering. It started in high school, which led me to college, which led me to graduate school, which led me to my corporate job. Other people and outside events influenced me. I had my own innate desires, but they weren’t terribly specific. I knew I wanted to grow, and to
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Want the career of your dreams? Act like a giant water bug

I’ll get to the water bug in just a second. I read a Medium article by Graeme Fulton titled “I’m not smart, I just sat there for longer than you”. It wasn’t the article I was expecting, but it was still a good read. What did I expect? An article on discipline. And patience. The power
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Rise above the politics of an apology

You probably heard about the U.S. boat that mistakenly entered Iranian waters this week. Iran captured the boat, held the US Navy personnel overnight, then released them all the next day. Part of the coverage was an article from The Wall Street Journal titled “U.S. Denies Apologizing to Iran Before Release of Sailors”. What? The
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You are not the center of attention. And that's a good thing.

Paul Bloom recently wrote a cool article for The Atlantic titled “Stop Being So Self-Conscious: It may make you happier”. He used social psychology research to argue that other people don’t pay as much attention to you as you think. And that can be liberating. What does that have to do with your career? If
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The Fed, interest rates, and the fear of change

You probably heard the news that the Fed raised U.S. interest rates last Wednesday for the first time since 2006. I want to talk about how this big change, a move away from “near zero” interest rates, makes people nervous. Because you’ll see the same nervousness with any big decision in the business world. If your
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