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Peter Koehler

Working With Constraints

and how to make a summer caesar salad

Silvrback blog imageYesterday 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 . . .

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July 17, 2017

The Dark Side of Goal Setting

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 . . .

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July 12, 2017

How to Be a Day 1 Person

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Jeff Bezos likes to call Amazon a "Day 1 company."

We are all familiar with the feeling of Day 1. 

It's that feeling of the incredible first date, starting a new job, the first day of school, the beginning of the playoffs, or launching a new idea or product.

Day 1 is all about movement, momentum, hard work, and . . .

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April 13, 2017

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

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

The Defiant Power of the Human Spirit

A Post-Election Reflection On Moving Forward

Preface

I almost didn’t post this.

Since the election, I’ve found myself writing down some reflections, in an attempt to clear my mind and gain perspective.

Mostly it has been a personal exercise, but I thought perhaps I could stitch together my disparate thoughts into something worth sharing.

But by the time I cobbled together . . .

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November 23, 2016

Why You Should Dump Out Your Hot Coffee

A quick example of sunk costs:

Keeley and I just stopped at coffee shop, and she bought a coffee to go. Three minutes after we left, she had taken just two sips, and dumped it out.

"I realize I don't want this anymore."

She recognized that the $2.50 she paid for the coffee was a sunk cost. 

She paid for it in the past, . . .

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November 19, 2016

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