Every man’s jacket (suit or blazer) needs a pocket square. Without it, your jacket just looks unfinished. I want to show you how to do a pocket square, the easiest way and the way that I do it. Check out the video above to learn more.
Unlike most of the books on this site, what I took from The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt isn’t so much about learning, but much more about inspiration. Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt led one of the most action-packed lives in history, filled with vigour, achievement, joy, suffering and overcoming. This incredible biography of Roosevelt by Edmund Morris is heavily detailed and a work of intense scholarship but is as readable as a novel. This is actually the first of a three part series by Morris on Roosevelt. (The second being Theodore Rex and the final being Colonel Roosevelt) The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt charts the period from birth to the Presidency. What can we learn from The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt? That life is more than long enough Most people complain that life is too short. They can’t fit everything in. There’s never enough time etc. Teddy’s life shows that all to be bullshit. He …[Read More]
I saw Christopher Nolan’s new movie last night. It defies easy categorisation and is making early claims to being one of the greatest films I’ve ever seen. It seamlessly blends cosmology, quantum physics and AI with fundamental questions about our humanity and about our race to destroy the planet we live on. I loved that it assumed a level of familiarity with physics that made me feel I was watching a movie that transcended any expectations of its viewing demographic. Aside from raising uncomfortable questions about our unsustainable rate of naked and undirected consumption, what struck me most from the film was how little we really know about the Universe we live in, both from an academic perspective and more gallingly from a species perspective. Physicists have been wrestling with unifying Relativity and Quantum Mechanics since the mid-1900s. Recent developments at CERN and the Hadron Collider have encouraged optimism that …[Read More]
Summary Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini is a towering classic of marketing and psychology. Cialdini shows us humans are wired for mental shortcuts in reasoning. He then shows us how marketers use this hardwiring against us consumers for their gain. It’s not illegal and it’s not unethical but it’s definitely manipulation. Cialdini wants us to ‘inoculate’ ourselves against these marketing tricks, and give us some defences against them. There are 6 principles of persuasion: (1) Reciprocation Studies show that if someone does you a favour, you’re likely to return the favour, and often reciprocate more than you received. Marketers use this with free samples and free trials. I was in my local supermarket recently and there was a guy offering free sushi samples next to the sushi bar. This is a classic example of an attempt to persuade me to buy some sushi. (2) Commitment and Consistency Cialdini says …[Read More]
I first heard of the idea of being a learning machine from my time at Phoenix in reference to legendary billionaire investor Charlie Munger. Simply put, a learning machine never stops learning and is committed to growth. It’s easy to say and I bet everyone would say that they’re learning machines, but how true is this really. The sad reality is most people don’t like to learn and aren’t committed to lifelong learning. Most people don’t even learn at school. They’re taught facts to recite but they’re not learning. It carries on through univrsity and once they’re in a career, the learning has stopped. At 30 years old, most men have become average and their lives have stagnated. Why it’s important and why you should care The day you stop learning is the day you start moving backwards. I want to be wiser today than I was yesterday. Even just …[Read More]