Category: Reading notes

  • Great email from Paul Jarvis’s Sunday Dispatches this week. The relationship doesn’t end once you make the sale. That is just the beginning. Don’t be the hot tub guy.

  • Fallacies, Illusions, and Biases (Part 2)

    I’m working my way through Rolf Dobelli’s The Art of Thinking Clearly by reading a few sections each morning. Below are my notes on sections 12-23. Read 1-11 here. “It’ll-get-worse-before-it-gets-better” fallacy: A variant of confirmation bias. If the problem gets worse, the prediction is confirmed. If the situation improves unexpectedly, the customer is happy and […]

    Fallacies, Illusions, and Biases (Part 2)
  • Fallacies, Illusions, and Biases (Part 1)

    I’m working my way through Rolf Dobelli’s The Art of Thinking Clearly by reading a few sections each morning. Here are my notes on the first 11 sections (Confirmation Bias had two sections, which I’ve only noted as one below): Survivorship bias: You overestimate your probability of success because you only see success stories. You […]

    Fallacies, Illusions, and Biases (Part 1)
  • Focus on the Day-to-Day Work

    Currently reading: Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday Focus on the day-to-day details of your work, not the grand vision.  Gain the discipline to make your daily commitments happen and the bigger goals will follow.  Working harder and smarter than your competition beats having a bigger vision every time.  Make tangible improvements each and […]

  • How to Avoid Pastoralism

    I’m rereading Breaking Smart Season 1 right now and I got to thinking about Rao’s concept of pastoralism vs prometheanism and how to avoid it.  Whenever you find yourself pining for a specific technological solution, especially one that was dreamt up more than 15 years ago, ask yourself whether or not you want the actual […]

  • Focused vs Unfocused Reading

    The gap between focused and unfocused reading is huge, especially when compounded over time.  Reducing distractions can lead to huge improvements in the number of pages read and understood. Maybe even more than traditional speed reading methods.  On my flight to Chicago this weekend, I read half of James Hogan’s Inherit the Stars. On the […]

  • The struggle of reading non-fiction is cutting through the filler quickly and determining what is unique and useful out of hundreds of pages. So many books are much longer than they need to be. 

  • How I Read and Take Notes

  • Takeaways from this week’s Breaking Smart newsletter, Betting the Spread on Inexorables: Try multiple ultra short-term bets around a shared assumption.  Don’t stick with something you don’t find valuable just so you “aren’t a quitter.” Constantly question whether or not the next step is what will produce the best results.  Bet the spread, then switch […]