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Charlie Munger: The Psychology of Human Misjudgment


Fairly late in life, I stumbled into this book, Influence, by a psychologist named Bob Cialdini, who became a super tenured hotshot on a 2,000 person faculty at a very young age. And he wrote this book, which has now sold 300 odd thousand copies, which is remarkable for somebody. Well, it’s an academic book aimed at a popular audience that filled in a lot of holes in my crude system. When those...

A Stoic Philosopher in a Hanoi Prison


Takeaway Tues…FRIDAY on A Stoic Philosopher in a Hanoi Prison and The Stoic Warrior’s Triad James B. Stockdale was a vice admiral and aviator who served for 37 years in the United States Navy, spending the majority of his time as a fighter pilot on aircraft carriers. Shot down on his third combat tour over North Vietnam, Stockdale was the senior-most navy prisoner of war in Hanoi...

Charlie Munger: A Lesson on Elementary Worldly Wisdom As It Relates To Investment Management & Business


What is elementary, worldly wisdom?   Well, the first rule is that you can’t really know anything if you just remember isolated facts and try and bang ’em back. If the facts don’t hang together on a latticework of theory, you don’t have them in a usable form.   You’ve got to have models in your head. And you’ve got to array your experience—both vicarious and direct—on this latticework...

Don’t Feel Like a Victim | Facing Adversity with Charlie Munger


Takeaway Tuesday on Adversity inspired by Charlie Munger Charlie Munger is best known as Warren Buffett’s longtime business partner and vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway. Independent of his work with Buffett, Munger is a successful businessman and philanthropist in his own right. An avid reader and life-long, multidisciplinary learner, he is admired for his witty life lessons and...

On Old Age with Cicero


Takeaway Tuesday on On Old Age (De Senectute) by Cicero Marcus Tullius Cicero was a Roman statesman, lawyer, scholar, and writer who tried to uphold republican principles in the final civil wars that destroyed the Roman Republic. His writings include books on rhetoric, orations, philosophical and political treatises, and letters. He is remembered in modern times as the greatest Roman orator...

Knowing History and Knowing Who We Are


Takeaway Tuesday on Knowing History and Knowing Who We Are by David McCullough David McCullough was born in 1933 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and was educated there and at Yale University. Author of 1776, John Adams, Truman, Brave Companions, The Path Between the Seas, Mornings on Horseback, The Great Bridge and The Johnstown Flood, he has twice received the Pulitzer...

Perseverance is Great, But Don’t Forget to Prepare


It is important to realize that we have the ability to manufacture our own fate when we want to. We can… proceed when things look bad, or we can find plenty of reasons to quit if we don’t want to go forward. – Eric Haney, Inside Delta Force This post was inspired by Inside Delta Force, written by Eric Haney. Detailed notes and quotes can be found here...

Invert, Always Invert – Avoid Failure to Succeed


All I want to know is where I’m going to die so I’ll never go there – Charlie Munger “Suppose I wanted to kill a lot of pilots – what would be the easy way to do it?” That might not be what you want to hear from the guy clearing your plane for take off, but if your fellow passengers are an elderly billionaire and some Cold War era Soviet engineers, they might...

Habits Maketh the Man (and Un-Maketh Him, Too)


It is so easy to overestimate the importance of one defining moment and underestimate the value of making small improvements on a daily basis. Too often, we convince ourselves that massive success requires massive action. – James Clear, Atomic Habits This post was inspired by Atomic Habits, written by James Clear. Detailed notes and quotes can be found here. Unattributed quotes below are...