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Being “on message” vs authenticity

If you’re a politician or a PR wonk from a major industry, you probably obsess over one thing: being “on message.” After all, a group of copywriters spent a long time crafting your message. You’d better make sure that–even if you’re asking for directions to the bathroom–you’re communicating it constantly. Unfortunately, being on message tends… Continue Reading

The way of the samurai: Master something and make it your passion

One of the things I love about Kurosawa samurai films is the way mastery shows itself through so many of the people. The samurai aren’t just into swordplay—though the movies wouldn’t be as much fun if there wasn’t plenty of that—but also show an appreciation for understanding the world around them. That attitude of mastery… Continue Reading

Terms that make me chuckle: Survivorship bias

Survivorship bias is based on the claim there is a logic error in concentrating on the people or things that "survived"—or succeeded— some process and overlooking all the failures from the same system. It’s often used to beat up on anyone who writes a book on investment or business strategy. The reality is that most… Continue Reading