Selective ignorance

Why you shouldn’t let me join your pub quiz team, but I’m a lot happier for it.

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My secret for building relationships with very busy people. Don’t use it for evil…

Why you should make inflation your sworn enemy

When you hear the word “inflation”, you should mentally boo and hiss as if it’s a pantomime villain. Actually, no: there’s nothing pretend or exaggerated about inflation, so that’s the wrong response. You should get angry when you think about inflation. If your reaction at the moment is indifference or bemusement rather than anger…stay put.

What “early retirement” blogs aren’t telling you

There’s a subset of the personal finance community that goes by the acronym FIRE: Financial Independence, Retire Early. Financial Independence is a worthy goal: who wants to be dependent on someone else for an income? But it’s (understandably) the Retire Early part that gets attention from the wider internet. One of the biggest bloggers in

Sometimes, you want to buy a feeling

What’s the answer to getting the things you want? Money. Want your house cleaned? Money. Want a new car? Money. Want to visit Rome? Money. The more money you have, the more things you can get in exchange for it. That’s why it seems worthwhile to accumulate as much money as possible: more money equals

How to sign up for an Amazon advertising account in the UK

Anyone who sells on Amazon can sign up to run adverts on the produce pages of similar items, and in relevant search results. It’s supposedly been available in the UK for a long time, but for years I couldn’t work out how to sign up as an advertiser. Google searches didn’t bring up anything that

What matters when starting a new podcast?

I was asked to put together some thoughts on podcasting for Inc magazine. They never used them, so I’m publishing them here. You might notice that I’m a bit blasé about every answer except the first one. That’s because if you nail “what makes your podcast different?”, everything else falls into place. If you don’t,

Don’t make it part of your identity

A whole decade ago, Paul Graham wrote an article called Keep Your Identity Small. I believe it’s one of the most important ideas that hardly anyone knows about. The idea is once you make something part of your identity, you’ll be strongly resistant to changing it. People can never have a fruitful argument about something

All businesses are screwed up

All startups are screwed up. Even when they’re succeeding they are screwed up. A startup has to be so excellent at one or two key things, that they can screw up everything else up and not die. Your competitors are screwed up too. Don’t assume they’re smarter than you, faster than you, more strategic than

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