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Peter Koehler

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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 . . .

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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 . . .

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November 19, 2016

What Nature Demands

You don't love yourself enough or you'd love your nature too and what it demands of you.

- Marcus Aurelius, Meditations 5.1

Our nature demands that we get out of bed in the morning.

Our nature demands that we exert our bodies.

Our nature demands that we tackle hard challenges.

Our nature demands . . .

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October 26, 2016

We Gather Strength as We Go

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Every runner knows the feeling of finding her second wind.

It's a magic sort of strength that allows her to run better, with less effort, than before.

But the second wind doesn't appear of its own accord. The runner must earn it.

For before the runner earns her second wind, every part of her is . . .

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September 25, 2016

The Final Draft Fallacy

This is part 2 of a four part series on learning. Be sure to also check out the intro and part 1

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Photo by Chang W. Lee / New York Times

 We never read the first drafts of books. If we did we would know they're terrible.

We never see the gold medalist when he struggles through . . .

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August 10, 2016

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.

. . .

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August 09, 2016

This Is The Year of [fill in the blank]

Over dinner during this past New Year's Eve, a group of us sat around the table and all went around and said "For me, this is the year of ______________."

Every person filled in the blank with their theme for the year - their guiding principle.

For me, this is the year of generosity.

This year is all about being generous with . . .

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July 09, 2016

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