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Peter Koehler

Stop Chasing Yield

The mental benefits of passive investing

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In my last post I laid out step-by-step exactly how I manage and invest my money.

Most of my investment portfolio is in passive, diversified index funds. This means I don't choose any specific stocks myself, I simply invest in the world markets as a whole.

By definition, this means that I won't beat the market.

What?! Isn't the point . . .

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April 24, 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

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

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 telling her to . . .

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September 25, 2016

The Adjacent Possible

and the exploration of unmapped territory

This is the fourth and final part of a series on learning. I encourage you to also read the intropart 1part 2, and part 3.


Isaac was daydreaming beneath the apple tree when one of the ripe, plump red apples dislodged itself from its branch and fell, smacking him right on the head.

As if struck by divine intervention, . . .

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August 13, 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

The Jam Strategy

Before she died, my Nana wrote a memoir.

A true love labor, she spent months crafting her stories, working with a local writer to hone the tone of each memory. It was a work for end of life. For reflection. And for sharing of wisdom.

When she finished, she wanted it printed. A small run for friends and family.

She asked her daughter-in-law, . . .

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July 24, 2016

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