Sunday Wisdom No. 11

Happy Sunday!

Trust you had a good weekend. I’m feeling particularly grateful to have you reading this email. Thank you for sharing your precious time with me every Sunday.

I hope you enjoy this week’s edition of Sunday Wisdom — a newsletter on the principles of life, strategy, and antifragility.

My New Article

Action Bias: Why Waiting and Watching Is Torture — Action Bias or Do Something Syndrome is the outcome of our tendency to always do something by intervening when, in fact things should be left as they are.

This bias is a mix of a lack of patience and a strong desire to intervene without thinking, or even considering the possibility of a downside. Knowing about this bias would help you understand that there are better methods than always defaulting to action.

The past three editions of Sunday Wisdom: 1009, and 08.

An Idea For You

Practice humility.

If you are humble, people would empathise with you. They would root for you. They would want you to succeed. If you are selfish, they would detest you. They would want you to fail.

Being humble is not only a virtue, but also a very good PR strategy.

I Enjoyed Watching

The Game Changers (Netflix) — Did you know that the ancient Roman gladiators were mainly vegetarians? This documentary takes a look at the benefits—athletic, medicinal and even sexual—of plant-based diets. Nutrition is a bit of a controversial subject, so don’t take the ideas presented as hardcore scientific advice. But it’s a good starting point to do your own research.

I Recommend Reading

Psychology Of Fraud: Why Good People Do Bad Things (NPR) — “In general, when we think about bad behaviour, we think about it being tied to character: Bad people do bad things. But that model, researchers say, is profoundly inadequate.”

Is Sending Text Reminders Behavioural Economics? (Psychology Today) — “…labelling this intervention behavioural economics seems like a stretch; more fitting might be to call it design, communication, or common sense, and I can’t see how the design of such an intervention is helped by any specialised knowledge of behavioural economics.”

Turing As a Runner — “I have such a stressful job that the only way I can get it out of my mind is by running hard; its the only way I can get some release.”

Worth Thinking About

“A good leader doesn’t need to have the answers: they just need to identify problems and make sure they are addressed.”

— Dave Bailey (CEO Coach)

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Until next Sunday!



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