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How Uncertainty Makes Us Stronger

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almost 2 years ago

What's the Latest Development? Rather than try to prevent the (inevitable) shocks of life, we may do better to take advantage of them when they arise, argues Nassim Nicholas Taleb, one of the strongest critics of economic policy before the financial collapse of 2007. In his new book, Antifragile ...

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The Cult of the Singularity

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almost 2 years ago

Friends, a new world is waiting for all of us. It is a world without want, where every need is satisfied by boundless resources. It is a world of friendship, where war does not exist. And when we get there, we'll achieve immortality. I'm not talking about Heaven, Nirvana, or some other religious ...

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Rebalancing the Portfolio of Your Life

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almost 2 years ago

Have you ever fantasized about your great escape? You know, the stressful job, the daily grind, the loveless marriage. What if you made a break for it and actually got all the way to the land of plenty only to find that it wasn’t what you really wanted? That’s exactly what I’ve done a couple times ...

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Four Steps to Harvest Winning Ideas

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almost 2 years ago

What's the Big Idea? You’ve set your goals, you commit to success, you’re putting in the work and you’re still not getting the results you want. On top of that, you don’t know what’s standing in your way. You’ve heard all of the old adages- you need to look at the situation with new eyes, think ...

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Lean Thinking, Green Results

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almost 2 years ago

How can we get more from what we have? That was the key question the nascent Japanese auto industry asked itself in the 1970s and 1980s as it was looking to catch up with Detroit. The answer was a manufacturing approach known as lean thinking What's the Big Idea? During the Great Recession ...