Drop bad habits, start good habits.

  • Good habits help you exploit regularities.
  • Bad habits:
  • Don’t fight or try to improve old habits, start a new ones.

Drop bad habits.

  • Don’t blame others.
    • Don’t look for bad guys, don’t assume everyone else is an idiot, don’t assume bad intentions. (“Factfulness“)
    • Think. 
  • Don’t judge yourself.
    • Judgments become self-fulfilling prophesies. (“The Inner Game of Tennis“)
    • Learning requires trial and error.
    • Observe. 
  • Don’t get trapped in negative thinking patterns.
  • Don’t always rely on instincts and intuitions.
    • Intuitions don’t work well in unpredictable situations where there is no clear and immediate feedback. (“Making Sense — Daniel Kahneman“) 
    • Intuitions filter your attention and make it hard to get the facts right. (“Factfulness“)
    • Analyze.
  • Don’t always rely on learning by doing.
    • Avoid dumb mistakes by looking at what others have done. (“Influence“)
    • There are limits to experiential learning: we can’t do it all on our own. (“EconTalk — Agnes Callard“)
    • Learn from others. 
  • Don’t take on excessive financial obligations. 
  • Don’t take excessive financial risks.
  • Avoid contempt in your relationships.
  • Don’t overvalue work.
    • Work is easy to overvalue because it provides immediate feedback and gratification. 
    • Feedback and gratification from family takes much longer to materialize.
    • How you allocate resources (time, money, talent) determines which “businesses” grows (work, family).  (“How Will You Measure Your Life“)
    • Allocate properly.
  • Don’t deal with assholes. 
  • Don’t compete when you don’t have to. 
  • Don’t treat others like you want to be treated.
    • Presumes you know what others like.
    • What you don’t like, don’t do to others (“The User Illusion”).
    • Play it safe.
  • Don’t fix things by adding stuff.
    • To reduce harm, it’s easier to remove something than to add something (via negativa) (“Anaerobics“).
    • Simplify.
  • Don’t fight unproductive urges. 
    • You probably can’t stop them from emerging (no free will). 
    • It’s easier to stop yourself from acting on it (free won’t) (“The Master and His Emissary“).
    • Control.

Start good habits.


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