11 rules for modern people
1. As a general rule, put your phone away during meals with other people. Not on the table. Out of sight, sound off.
2. For a further challenge, put your phone away during meals alone. Read, listen to a podcast, or just eat and notice your surroundings.
3. If you are expecting a truly important and time-sensitive call or text . . .
I've searched for jobs. I've been hired. I've hired people. I've read more resumes and cover letters than I can remember. I've sat through interviews. I've seen people I love go through the job hunt.
Over and over again, I've noticed lots of people make these mistakes:
1. They focus too much on why a job is good for them, and not enough on . . .
1. Start each day by being proactive, not reactive
We are often most stressed when we are in a reactive mode: Inbox open. Phone notifications on. We answer email after email and new ones keep coming in. We respond to request after request. We get into a compulsive, reactive spiral. And the worst part is that this compulsive mode seeps into . . .
1. If you are driving to a neighborhood where street parking is hard to find, just park in the first spot you see within 10 blocks of your destination. Then walk.
2. Treat your phone like a landline. Leave it at home when you go out. Don't worry - it will be waiting for you when you come home. Alternative: Leave it in the car when you go out . . .
and how to make a summer caesar salad
Yesterday our neighbor gave us a big head of romaine lettuce straight from his garden.
The first thought that came to mind was Caesar Salad!
But we had a problem - traditional caesar calls for anchovies and lemons and parmesan - all things we didn't have in our kitchen.
A couple years ago, I would have just shelved the idea, and either saved . . .
The more goal orientated we are, the less likely we are to achieve the results we desire.
The more we focus on a future outcome, the lower the probability that it will come to pass.
Why is this?
Because if we condition ourselves to always be striving toward some goal, then inevitably the goalposts will always be moving.
It's the . . .
The mental benefits of passive investing
In my last post I laid out step-by-step exactly how I manage and invest my money.
Most of my investment portfolio is in passive, diversified index funds. This means I don't choose any specific stocks myself, I simply invest in the world markets as a whole.
By definition, this means that I won't beat the market.
What?! Isn't the point . . .