Why you’re always wrong

There’s a rule I’ve come up with over the last couple of years: if you want an accurate prediction for what’s going to happen, ask someone who’s not emotionally invested in the outcome.

What are you optimising for?

One question to help you make better, easier choices – and to understand the choices of others.

We like what we do

Although it seems obvious that we do things because we like them, I believe we might have it backwards: we actually like things because we do them.

3 observations from 2 years of parenthood

Because I’m one of the first people ever to have fathered a child, I feel a heavy weight of responsibility to pass on wry anecdotes and unsolicited advice – just in case this “parenting” thing ever catches on with humanity at large.

Strategic laziness: Part 1

Save time and energy by ignoring your responsibilities. Strategically, of course.

Selective ignorance

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

No need to reply…

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

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

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