Nothing New Under the Sun: 8 Historic Patterns

I have written about history on multiple occasions in the past, and now it’s time again.

Studying history is important because it gives you a broad understanding of human nature under different circumstances. And it also allows you to predict with higher certainty when people or countries are succumbing to certain historical patterns. When this happens, there is not much you can do to counteract it — a wiser decision may be to simply extract yourself from the situation and strive to avoid the folly of your peers, statesmen or countrymen.Continue Reading…

The Thoreau Test: Can You Live on 6 Weeks’ Work?

“For more than five years I maintained myself thus solely by the labor of my hands, and I found, that by working about six weeks in a year, I could meet all the expenses of living. The whole of my winters, as well as most of my summers, I had free and clear for study.”

~Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau could live on 6 weeks of serious work per year.

Most likely, you cannot.

Because inflation has ruined your purchasing power and the median salary has not risen enough to compensate for this.

Also, taxes have increased. So you have to work a lot more.

To put that in perspective:

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The 40-Year Old Prophecy That Came True (Education, Career, Science, Internet Subcultures)

Are you future shocked“The future is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed.”

~William Gibson 

We live in interesting times.

Like I said in my recent discussion with Billionaire Martin Sandquist, I believe many people areContinue Reading…

Stop Grinding Your Gears: Says Abgrund

If you’ve read my blog for any longer time, you may have asked yourself: “Who the heck is this Abgrund guy?”

Well, you are about to find out.

…. Sort of.

Abgrund has made many interesting comments on the site and it’s got to the point where I’ve met readers IRL, and had them mention him & hisContinue Reading…

Noble Indulgence: The Ultimate Trick for Self-Delusion

This is a Humpty Dumpty cake. It is one of the most advanced cakes out there, consisting of 13 different steps!

“If you make people perform a noble duty, it bores them. If you make them indulge themselves, it shames them, but combine the two and you’ve got them.”
~Gail WynandContinue Reading…

Interview with Martin Sandquist, Billionaire Lynx-Founder and Finance Innovator

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For the first time, the elusive Martin Sandquist gives an interview.

Martin Sandquist is the founder of Lynx Asset Management. Lynx is one of the most successful hedge funds in Europe. They’re classified as a CTA and have 70 employees. Continue Reading…

How to Study History for Business and Investing

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Everyone who aspires to be good at business and investing should study history.

(And not just the history of Continue Reading…

How to Study History (the top 10 tips)

How to study history best books

August 6, 1806.Continue Reading…

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