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History in the making

It doesn’t take a historian to tell you that we’re living through history. But let me tell you anyway: they are not joking when they say these are “unprecedented times.” And it’s not even just history. I’ve read over 100 science fiction books to prep for the future and not one of them mentioned this. […]

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Talent is overrated

Talents are pretty much useless. As Calvin Coolidge said, “Nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.” There’s an ancient story about talents that goes like this: Once upon a mountain, an old lord went travelling, leaving his favourite servants with some silver coins (called Talents). When he returns, the servants have all done […]

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Everyone starts out crap

Failure is frustrating, so it’s important to remember that we all start out crap. Whenever we try something new, our first attempt is always terrible. And we usually stay pretty terrible for many more attempts after that. It’s normal to be shit at stuff. As James Clear reminds us: “Your favourite athlete’s first workout was […]