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Bragging Razor

 If someone brags about their success or happiness, assume it’s half what they claim

If someone downplays their success or happiness, assume it’s double what they claim


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High Agency Razor

If unsure who to work with, pick the person that has the best chances of breaking you out of a 3rd world prison.


756 reads

The Early-Late Razor

If it's a talking point on Reddit, you might be early. If it's a talking point on LinkedIn, you're definitely late.


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Luck Razor

If stuck with 2 equal options, pick the one that feels like it will produce the most luck later down the line.

for eg- I used this razor to study Masters rejecting a lucrative job offer. In hindsight, it was the highest ROI decision I've ever made.


622 reads

Buffett's Law

"The value of every business is 100% subject to government interest rates" - Warren Buffett


621 reads

The 6-Figure Razor

If someone brags about "6 figures" -- assume it's closer to $100K than $900K.


580 reads

Parent Rule

Break down the investments your parents made in you: Time, Love, Energy, and Money.

If they are still alive, aim to hit a positive ROI (or at least break even.)


568 reads

Instagram Razor

When you see a photo of an influencer looking attractive on Instagram -- assume there are 99 worse variations of that photo you haven't seen.

They just picked the best one.


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Narcissism Razor

If worried about people's opinions, remember they are too busy worrying about other people's opinions of them. 99% of the time you're an extra in someone else's movie


516 reads

Everyday Razor

If you go from doing a task weekly to daily, you achieve 7 years of output in 1 year. If you apply a 1% compound interest each time, you achieve 54 years of output in 1 year.


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Bezos Razor

If unsure what action to pick, let your 90-year-old self on death bed choose it.


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Creativity Razor

If struggling to think creatively about a subject, transform it:

• Turn a thought into a written idea.

• A written idea into a drawing.

• A drawing into an equation.

• An equation into a conversation.

In the process of transforming it, you begin to spot new creative connections.


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The Roman Empire Rule

Historians now recognize the Roman Empire fell in 476 - but it wasn't acknowledged by Roman society until many generations later.

If you wait for the media to inform you, you'll either be wrong or too late.


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Physics Razor

If it doesn't deny the law of physics, then assume it's possible. Do not confuse society's current lack of knowledge -- with this knowledge being impossible to attain.

E.g. The smartphone seems impossible to someone from the 1800s -- but it was possible, they just had a lack of knowledge.


448 reads

Skinner's Law

If procrastinating, you have 2 ways to solve it:

• Make the pain of inaction > Pain of action

• Make the pleasure of action > Pleasure of inaction


447 reads

Network Razor

If you have 2 quality people that would benefit from an intro to one another, always do it.

Networks don't divide as you share them, they multiply.


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Gell-Mann Razor

Assume every media article contains a % of false information.

Sandbox the article from your worldview until you've:

• Seen primary sources

• Spoken to 3 domain experts


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Taleb's Surgeon

If presented with two equal candidates for a role, pick the one with the least amount of charisma.

The uncharismatic one has got there despite their lack of charisma. The charismatic one has got there with the aid of their charisma.


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