Cut the Crap

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There aren’t that many things you need to give your attention to. Spouse, children, work, health, spiritual life, people in need. That seems like a lot, but it’s not that much when you cut out all the crap.

When you cut out the daily news, celebrity gossip, sports, day trading, what everyone thinks of you, how big your muscles are, shopping for stuff you don’t need, envy, being pissed off over someone cutting you off in traffic. The list goes on.

Did I mention gambling, and porn, and drinking, and night clubs, and heated religious and political debates, and social media? And perfectly landscaped yards, and dream houses, and dream vacations, or ruminating over everything someone did wrong?

Now that’s a lot.

Cut the crap and focus on what’s important.

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The Gift

  1. The work of art is a gift.
  2. Although a talent can be perfected through an effort of the will, no  effort in the world can cause its initial appearance. 
  3. The spirit of an artist’s gifts can wake our own.
  4. A gift that cannot be given away ceases to be a gift. The spirit of a gift is kept alive by its constant donation.

The work of an artist appeals to a part of our being which is itself a gift and not an acquisition.


Be stubborn on the vision, but flexible on the details.

Become a domain expert, but retain a beginner’s mind.

AI and the Future of Jobs

Predicted Jobs Automation Will Create and Destroy

When Where Jobs
Jobs Created Predictor
2016 worldwide 900,000 to 1,500,000 Metra Martech
2018 US jobs 13,852,530 3,078,340 Forrester
2020 worldwide 1,000,000-2,000,000 Metra Martech
2020 worldwide 1,800,000 2,300,000 Gartner
2020 sampling of 15 countries 7,100,000 2,000,000 World Economic Forum (WEF)
2021 worldwide 1,900,000-3,500,000 The International Federation of Robotics
2021 US jobs 9,108,900 Forrester
2022 worldwide 1,000,000,000 Thomas Frey
2025 US jobs 24,186,240 13,604,760 Forrester
2025 US jobs 3,400,000 ScienceAlert
2027 US jobs 24,700,000 14,900,000 Forrester
2030 worldwide 2,000,000,000 Thomas Frey
2030 worldwide 400,000,000-800,000,000 McKinsey
2030 US jobs 58,164,320 PWC
2033 US jobs 67,876,460 Oxford University
2035 US jobs 80,000,000 Bank of England
2035 UK jobs 15,000,000 Bank of England
No Date US jobs 13,594,320 OECD
No Date UK jobs 13,700,000 IPPR

Books – 2018 – Naval, Shane Farnam

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“To be a genius is to be misunderstood. But to be misunderstood is not to be a genius.” – ancient Greek proverb (via Neil deGrasse Tyson)


“No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.” – Confucius


“Silence will save me from being wrong (and foolish), but it will also deprive me of the possibility of being right.” – Игорь Фёдорович Стравинский


“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong” – Joseph Chiltern Pierce


Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Decide whether or not the goal is worth the risks involved. If it is, stop worrying.” – Amelia Earhart

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are few” – Shunryu Suzuki

“But it is vital to remember that information is not knowledge; that knowledge is not wisdom; and that wisdom is not foresight.” – Arthur C. Clarke

“Bring forth what is true. Write it so it is clear. Defend it to your last breath.” Goethe


“My own opinion is enough for me, and I claim the right to have it defended against any consensus, any majority, anywhere, any place, any time. And anyone who disagrees with me can pick a number, get in line, and **** ** ***” – Christopher Hitchens

There is no fortress so strong that money cannot take it.” – Cicero (B.C. 106-4)



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