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Category Archives: Business
Tiny changes can have massive results. Need proof? Three buttons in a cab can increase tips 220%.
We have more tools available than ever before to accomplish whatever it is we want to accomplish. And technology changes so fast that you can expect to have access to tools you might not have even dreamed of every few years. Just … Continue reading
Apple stores are a paradox. People love them, even though the service is awful. Yes, the service is better than Best Buy and other big retailers, but it’s still awful. So why are Apple stores far and away the highest … Continue reading
Derek Sivers describes a marketing genius’ approach to writing: Marketing guru Jay Abraham, in the pre-internet days, would run classified ads in newspapers and magazines. If he wanted to write a book about something, he’d run a classified ad, taking … Continue reading
Most of the world is designed for the lowest common denominator. Schools are designed to impart a set amount of knowledge to a diverse group of kids each year. It doesn’t much matter how smart you are, how interested you … Continue reading
[Tom Sawyer] had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing it – namely, that in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to attain. – … Continue reading
Advice from Peter Thiel’s final CS 183 lecture: There is something importantly singular about each new thing. There is a mini singularity whenever you start a company or make a key life decision. In a very real sense, the life … Continue reading
Before you ever get into a field or a career, you’re probably going to hear someone say “no”. No, that’s too hard. No, you don’t have the credentials. No, you don’t qualify. No, it’s never going to work out. No, … Continue reading
Some really mostly-good advice from Derek Sivers: Being smart means thinking things through – trying to find the real answer, not the first answer. Being stupid means avoiding thinking by jumping to conclusions.Jumping to a conclusion is like quitting a game … Continue reading
Most people are probably aware that diamonds aren’t particularly rare and that their price is mostly a function of cartel control over the supply (De Beers) and good advertising. While this is true, the story behind it is fascinating (and … Continue reading
Dieter Rams has been successful because he deeply understands people, both physically, psychologically, and how they operate in the world. He’s not some sort of mind reader: You cannot understand good design if you do not understand people; design is … Continue reading
For several hundred years now, most businesses have fought to keep things secret. Ingredients, techniques, processes, suppliers, you name it. Anything that might be a competitive advantage would attempt to be shielded from competitors and the public. In fact, the … Continue reading
Jonathan Schooler, the psychologist who helped pioneer the study of insight, has recently begun studying the benefits of daydreams. His lab has demonstrated that people who consistently engage in more daydreaming score significantly higher on measures of creativity. To evaluate … Continue reading