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Mental models

Learn more about general thinking strategies and tactics, including decision-making, problem-solving, and productivity.

Mental models

#125 – John Arnold: The most prolific philanthropist you may not have heard of

“I always recognized the limited social value of trading. I think there is a need for someone to provide risk warehousing and liquidity to markets, but trying to tell the story about how I was adding value or contributing to society was hard. And that always bothered me.” — John Arnold

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The power of no

“When you’re saying yes, you’re saying no to something else. Everything in life has a price.” — Ric Elias

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#109 – John Dudley: The beauty in archery, the love of practice, and a model system for life

“It’s a necessity, not only to archery, but to any sport, for people to recognize the fact that the fundamentals are what makes people good at things.” — John Dudley

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#96 – David Epstein: How a range of experience leads to better performance in a highly specialized world

“Sometimes the things you can do to cause the most rapid appearance of short-term progress can undermine long-term development.” — David Epstein

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The pleasure of finding things out

Why do those last few “O”s in a bowl of Cheerios tend to clump together in the middle of the bowl or around the edges?

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#93 – AMA with Jason Fried: Work-life balance, avoiding burnout, defining success, company culture, and more

“Success is not defined by revenue targets or big numbers. It’s defined by, ‘Do I want to go to work tomorrow and do the same thing I did the day before? Am I enjoying this? Do I like the people I’m working with? Am I challenging myself intellectually and creatively?” Those are the things that matter.’” — Jason Fried

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The killer(s) on the road: reducing your risk of automotive death

How, where, and why do most people die behind the wheel of an automobile? Is there anything we can do to prevent deaths on the road?

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Making sense of tragedy

As soon as this week’s podcast with Ryan Holiday went up people began contacting me to say how timely it was, if not outright eerie, given it was recorded a few months earlier. Only the day before it was released, we learned about the tragic helicopter crash that claimed the life of Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, along with seven other people.

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Qualy #80 – The four pillars of charity: water that helped it overcome the stigma of nonprofits and become successful

Today’s episode of The Qualys is from podcast #25 – Scott Harrison: transformation, finding meaning, and taking on the global water crisis.

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#82 – Mark Messier: Leadership, personal growth, and performing under pressure

“No great leader is mistake-free. Every leader makes mistakes, but it’s the equity that you’ve built up into the people that you are around that will forgive you for making an honest mistake. . . [and they] aren’t going to abandon you because of that mistake. . .they still trust your vision and how you can get there.” — Mark Messier

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