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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

How to Master the Art of the Aggressive Follow Up In Five Simple Steps

My first job out of school was on a political campaign. 

I always recommend campaigns to soon-to-be graduates because you quickly learn a bunch of general skills which are valuable and relevant across sectors. So even if you don't end up in politics, you will acquire skills which you can put to . . .

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December 04, 2016

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

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 that we do our work, and . . .

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October 26, 2016

Three Strategies for Better Learning

This is Part 3 of a four part series on learning. Be sure to also check out the intropart 1, and part 2.


At the end of Part 2: The Final Draft Fallacy, I shared the following formula:

High Impact Learning = Growth Mindset + Strategy + Discipline

Parts 1 and 2 were about the growth mindset part of this equation.

This post is . . .

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August 12, 2016

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