A thread on some highlights/notes I took from the book "The Tyranny of Metrics" by @jerryzmuller (~60 things)
1) Gaming the metrics occurs in every realm. Gaming is only one class of problems that inevitably arise when using performance metrics as the basis of reward or sanction. There are things that can be measured and there are things that are worth measuring.
2) What can be measured is not always what is worth measuring; what gets measured may have no relationship to what we really want to know.
This video from a guy who went to prison from 19 to 24 for making a threat online to bomb someone on runescape (a video game) while drunk is fascinating
It seems pretty obvious he would never actually do it however Feds sent him to prison for 5 years
In prison he wrote 166 songs, read 1000 books, was inspired by Malcolm X. Said that prison is the most soul destroying environment with zero attempt at rehabilitation. Took him two years to stop hating himself however after that tried to use the time for self improvement
He found that over time very few people apart from his closest family still contacted him however once he was out everyone was interested in seeing him again. Surprisingly raw interview
I saw a month ago on Instagram that @kanyewest gifted this magazine. I bought it (it's from 1947) and I think the first page explains Kanye's current message he is trying to convey (see second picture)
Note that this was May 12, a month before his new albums came out
My interpretation being: when political tensions run high it is the easiest time for group think, yet the time when group think is least needed.
Technically I have been in five countries in the last two weeks, however in each for less than a couple of days. Is this more "well travelled" than someone who spent two weeks in one place?
I think the Instagram tourist spot checklisting has distorted the point of travelling. Obviously it's cool to see the Eiffel Tower however spending all your travels getting as many good backgrounds for Instagram photos isn't sustainably interesting
Most people confuse originality. Just because person A copied something from person B, doesn't make person B original. Person B probably took the idea from person C etc etc etc
A lot of "originality" is explaining something in an original way so that more people can understand it
I think this is why people from afar seem a lot more impressive. When you see someone up close you can see their influences, from afar it's easy to imagine they are some original free thinker and get jealous.
It is #mentalhealthawarenessweek. A big problem of mine was/is being extremely anxious in decisions. I was often neurotically overthinking to the point of doing and achieving nothing which is very bad for mental health. If this is you, then I would recommend five books:
1/ Meditations (Aurelius) – how to act well in an ideal way, and how thinking makes things as they are. This is good for changing your perspective of events
2/ Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck (Manson) – how to act well in a realistic way. Also what things we should focus on + how life is a constant battle
A thread on the things I took from @realDonaldTrump's book "The Art of the Deal" (part one ~100 things)
1/ “I don’t do it for the money. I’ve got enough, much more than ill ever need. I do it to do it. Deals are my art form.”
2/ “Most people are surprised by the way I work. I play it very loose. I don’t carry a briefcase. I try not to schedule too many meetings. I leave my door open. You can’t be imaginative or entrepreneurial if you’ve got too much structure”
This is a short and interesting read by @mich261213. Used to be Russia's richest man until he got chucked him in prison for some time. It's about some people he met in his 10 years in prison. I shall post some thoughts tomorrow
1/ Khodorkovsky (Ходорковский) on the folk he met in Russian prisons, he writes about roughly twenty people.
2/ Mikhail Ходорковский survived prison by relying on the internal discipline his parents taught him. He never allowed himself to think about getting out soon, and kept himself busy by writing letters and prison stories.
A thread on things I took/learnt from @RayDalio's book "Principles" (~150 things)
1- Line 2 of book - “I’m a ‘dumb shit’ who doesn’t know much relative to what I need to know. Whatever success ive had in life has had more to do with my knowing how to deal with my not knowing anything I know”
2- “The most important thing I learned is an approach to life based on principles that help me find out whats true and what to do about it”