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Peter Koehler

Mistakes people make when applying for jobs

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 . . .

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August 22, 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

Shoshin (初心)

Approaching Life with a Beginner's Mind

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Have you ever heard someone say one of the following phrases? Have you ever said them? 

"That's the way we do things around here."

"That's the industry standard."

"We can't do it that way."

"That's just the best way to do it."

Almost all of us hear these phrases or ones like them. Not infrequently, but daily.

The more we hear them, . . .

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August 09, 2016

Compound Yourself

 

When it comes to investing your money, one of the first principles to understand is compound growth. 

We often hear things like:

"The biggest money mistake I ever made was not starting to invest earlier."

"Start investing even a tiny amount early, and you can be a millionaire by the time you retire."

and

"If you save just . . .

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June 25, 2016

Execution

how to be sustainably productive

This is Part 5 of 7 in my productivity week series.

If this is the first post you're seeing, please also check out Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4.


There is no separation between mind and body.

It's all one connected organism.

It took me a long time to realize that.

I wish I had realized it sooner.

Over the last few parts of this series we have . . .

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June 24, 2016

Personal Reviews

and the power of prioritization

The Power of The Personal Review

On a sunny morning in April 2015 I woke up early, took a shower, and grabbed my backpack like I do everyday to go to work.

But on that Saturday, I wasn't going to work.

I was heading across town to Portland's St. John's neighborhood - a neck of the woods I don't visit very often.

Over the next . . .

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June 23, 2016

What is Productivity and Why is it Important?

WHAT IS PRODUCTIVITY?

Welcome to Productivity Week Part Two.

In Part One I shared my frustration with the silver bullet approach to productivity that is so pervasive these days.

Now I want to talk about what productivity means and why we should care about it.

I think there is some confusion about what productivity is and what it is not.

For . . .

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June 21, 2016

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