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Designing Work Environments

One of the things I have recently realized is how many people underestimate the power of a good working environment. Being able to take a step back and think through decisions and actions is a critical part of making good choices, but most work environments are not set up for that kind of thinking.

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Expectations

Why do I ask new writers to lower their expectations? I do this because I believe that too many people set very high expectations and end up giving up prematurely. I know this because when I started this blog, I set very high expectations.

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Risk and Luck

In fact, if you ask a successful founder “do you remember any time when you felt lucky” they will almost always be able to render many responses to that question. The truth is that hard work is a critical component of success — without working hard, we would accomplish nothing — but there is also an element of luck in every decision that we make.

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Earning Enough

Someone who earns a lot of money can still not have enough. The outsiders perception of most rich people is that they have so much money that they must have enough — indeed, it is the logical conclusion. However, in many cases, those who have accumulated a lot of capital do not actually have enough.

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Risk

I think a lot about risk. My intense thoughts around risk have been a derivative of both my being contrarian in some respects, and also my interest in business, investing, and, to an extent, insurance.

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Work Hard

Yesterday I wrote a blog post on “workism”. In short, I wrote about how work has essentially become a religion — something that we all preach every day. Working hard has become a status symbol and something that we use to show our viability in society.

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Workism

Saying that we are “busy”, as I have written about in the past, is now a way in which we can show that we are viable and productive. Working while at home — responding to a work email when we wake up — is now seen as the norm: our society has adjusted and now we always want to be available.

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Obstacles and Growth

Most of us believe that the best way to learn is to read the works of others — to read books, watch lectures, consume essays, et cetera. But I think that most of us become so focused on consuming information that we forget about one of the best sources of knowledge: our own minds.

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Know When to Act

We are naturally always doing something. We are preparing for a test, doing some household chores, catching up on reading for a big presentation tomorrow. Humans want to always be doing something, because if we are doing something then it shows that we are valuable.

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Coffee Meetings

I usually have no more than three meetings -- or rather calls -- a day; on some days, I don’t even have a meeting. People often wonder why I don’t do more meetings, and question how I can’t find the time to meet with other people.

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Working With Great People

This may indeed seem like a simple principle — how hard can it be to work with great people, right? Well, it is often not that simple. One of the common features of my personal introspection has been reflecting on my relationships, and I have found that, in the past, I have not worked with great people.

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Wealth

We should be focused on wealth because wealth is what earns us freedom. Indeed, there are so many resources available about financial management because the people that produce that content know that finances are a major burden in our life.

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The High Road

I realized that it is in times of struggle where our principles are truly tested. It is difficult to develop principles like integrity and practice them in our life, sure. But the real challenge comes when you face adversity and have a choice to make: stick with your principles, or take the easy route.

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Curiosity

"Why?” is a question that children constantly. The reason that children ask this question is because not because they want to be annoying, rather because they are genuinely interested in the world around them. They want to learn how things work — why things do what they do, and why certain things happen.

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