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Peter Koehler

What to do with our weak minds

Us humans have weak minds. 

We stick to the status quo when we should be making a change.

We hardly ever change our minds, even when we're wrong. 

We make terrible, and easily avoidable, financial choices.

And we're scared of sharks, even though 733X as many humans are killed by freshwater snails.

But it's not all bad news . . .

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April 02, 2017

Status Quo Bias

One of my favorite economists/philosophers, Tyler Cowen, has a great interview on the Ezra Klein Show, which I highly recommend.

At multiple points in the interview, they discuss status quo bias.

Status quo bias is exactly what it sounds like - an emotional bias in favor of the way things are.

The thing about status quo bias which is so . . .

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March 30, 2017

This Is It.

We are studious in high school so we get into a good college.

We study and stress in college so we get a degree.

We use our degree to get a good job.

We work hard at our job so we can make a lot of money. 

We make a lot of money so we can retire!

And then ... 

... what?

It turns out, there is nothing special waiting at the end.

. . .

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February 04, 2017

What is your MVW?

A lot of people have fitness resolutions for the New Year.

And most people make them WAY too ambitious.

It's really hard to start doing crossfit, or running, or yoga 3X per week, if previously:

  • You rarely or sporadically did that thing.
  • You don't have a specific program to follow.
  • You haven't specifically scheduled it on your calendar . . .

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January 05, 2017

It's All Your Fault

the power of radical ownership

It’s all your fault.

Remember that this year.

If your relationship with a colleague, family member, or boss is strained, it’s your fault.

When someone on your team drops the ball, it’s your fault.

That time someone yells at you? Yep, your fault.

It’s not about blame. It’s about empowerment. Empowering yourself to . . .

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January 02, 2017

A New Year's Reader

Selected Readings for New Year's Eve

Last year Keeley and I co-produced the first edition of the New Year's Reader - a selection of readings to read quietly or aloud, alone or with others, upon the New Year.

This year, we are back with the second edition, and boy is it a good one.

I am excited to share it with you.

You may view and download the 2017 New Year's Reader at:

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December 30, 2016

How to Build New Habits

As we close in upon the New Year, you might be thinking about your resolutions.

One of the best ways to improve in your area of choice is to focus on building habits rather than always relying on sheer willpower.

For example, I used to eat ice cream every night. Then I decided to break that habit by replacing it with a new . . .

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December 28, 2016

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