In my economics and finance courses, we are taught the fundamentals of game theory, often rooted in the idea of “zero sum games.” Zero sum implies that the “total gain of the market – total losses of the market” sum to zero. In other words, some people win, others lose, but we, together, are often indifferent.
A while back, I started a daily journal where I would record private notes and log things I do every day. These personal entries are separate from my daily blog.
Decision paralysis is the “state of over-analyzing (or over-thinking) a situation so that a decision or action is never taken, in effect paralyzing the outcome.” This essay is really a warning to myself – to be especially cognizant of stagnation and prudent in differentiating between motion and progress.
I have this personality trait, for better and largely worse, of being disagreeable, especially in groups of people I do not know very well. As you can imagine, this has numerous consequences (for both my personal brand and those around me).
I think that we are going to see more “polling” companies pop up over the next few months/year.
I subscribe to the principle of “strong opinions weakly held.” Plenty of people have written about this topic before (I think even I have once or twice). What does the prompt mean to me?
Effectively, I think the world lacks strong opinions. We lack people who have thought deeply about deep and important topics. I would have expected to find more people in college with more strong opinions but I was wrong.
In the past, I have written about the idea that “stress” is not inherently bad. In fact, I stand by this taoist claim: I sign up for stress because I know it will make me a better person. I do not avoid obstacles simply for means of procrastination. I recognize that suffering is a fundamental component of life.
Do you know what you want to do with your life? How sure are you? It is certainly not the easiest question to be casually answering. Adults and people in relative positions of power like to ask this type of question when they run out of things to talk about. Do not let it get to your head! It is a silly question.
I think one humbling idea that I have been toying with recently is the notion that anyone can convince themselves of anything. Much of this thinking likely stems from my reading of Sapiens (a year ago), but I want to further explore this thought and why I think it is underratedly important.
It is important to understand this simple idea because it has tremendous power.
Over the past few years, I have now published 1000+ essays on this blog. 1000! One thing I am really curious about, especially as I am putting together a “personal curriculum,” is how are my essays linked? In other words, I’d love to see a high-level summary of the themes of my writing over time.