The Hazards of Talking to Strangers

“So, guys, how did the trip to Japan go? Did you get the software installed?” “It was great! The clients loved us and are super happy about the installation! The boss even took us out for dinner the last night

Avoiding 21st Century Twaddle

“Man, as a social animal who has the gift of language, is born to prattle and to pour out twaddle that does much damage when serious work is being attempted. Some people produce copious amounts of twaddle and others very

A Silent Interlude

“My God, what did he tweet now?!?” One week ago, at exactly the hour that I am typing these words, I stood at the tallest summit in the contiguous United States. Mt. Whitney, at 14,505 feet, is the crown jewel

Availability-Misweighing Tendency

This mental tendency echoes the words of the song: “When I’m not near the girl I love, I love the girl I’m near.” Man’s imperfect, limited-capacity brain easily drifts into working with what’s easily available to it. — Charlie Munger,

The Pitfalls of Early Success – A Personal History

“Success makes people think they’re smart. ¬†That’s fine as far as it goes, but there can also be negative ramifications.” — Howard Marks¬† The investing profession tends to attract individuals who, to put it politely, have a healthy sense of

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