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 . . .
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 . . .
Approaching Life with a Beginner's Mind
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, . . .
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."
"If you save just . . .
how to be sustainably productive
This is Part 5 of 7 in my productivity week series.
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.
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 . . .
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 . . .