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John Doerr's Measure What Matters is about the importance of setting clear goals and using metrics to back them up. Doerr argues that metrics-driven OKRs (objectives and key results) have a considerable impact.

In contrast, Jerry Muller's The Tyranny of Metrics shows that measuring everything destroys our schools, hospitals, police and politics. When metrics is the most important, everyone will try to "game" the numbers. E.g., schools teach to the test rather than to educate.

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Metrics: Useful or Evil? | Scott H Young


Albert Einstein

“Compounding is the greatest mathematical discovery of all time.”

The Kaizen Approach to Achieving Your Biggest Goal


We prefer complexity over simplicity

People tend to prefer complex solutions over plain ones.

  • Complexity can make products look more impressive - and marketers know how to take advantage of it by projecting authority and expertise.
  • Complex processes can give the illusion of productivity while really delaying decision-making.

The power of simplicity: how to manage our complexity bias - Ness Labs


We find old routines comfortable

Habits are comfortable. When we're stressed out, we tend to fall back on our old habits for two reasons:

  • The brain likes to know what is going to happen next. Routines are situations that have occurred often enough that you know exactly how events will unfold.
  • The brain wants to spend the least amount of energy on any particular activity. The less time you spend thinking about something, the less energy your brain uses on it.

Your brain loves routines. Here’s how to build new and better ones


The way we move our bodies changes the nature of our thoughts. When we stroll, the pace of our feet fluctuates with our moods. We can change the pace of our thoughts by deliberately walking faster or by slowing down.

While we walk, our attention is free to wander. Studies have linked this mental state to innovative ideas.

The Motive

A simple fact like the motive for your business being profit or bottom-line oriented, or a genuine desire to help your customers, can be the reason for your success or failure.

Do You Have The Mindset Of A Problem Solver?


Improve decisions by focusing on the process

Most people assume that good decision making is choosing a course of action that leads to the desired outcome.

In reality, decision making is about how you end up with your decision, not what the decision leads to.

These Six Questions Will Improve Your Decisions - Darius Foroux


The actor-observer bias

When a person experiences something negative, they will blame the circumstances. When something negative happens to another person, they will blame the individual for their behaviors.

For example, when a doctor tells someone their cholesterol levels are too high, the patient might blame environmental influences. When they hear of someone else with high cholesterol levels, they think it is because of a poor diet or lack of exercise.

How Actor-Observer Biases Affect the Way We Interact With People


How we make decisions

New studies examined the relationship between how people make decisions - if they make it rationally or emotionally - and how determined they are to defend that choice.

They found that when people make a choice based on feelings, they are more protective of that choice.

We’re More Likely to Stick to Decisions Rooted in Emotions


John Green, Looking for Alaska

“Imagining the future is a kind of nostalgia.”

Imagining the Future Is Just Another Form of Memory



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