"If a terrorist came through the front door, I'd smash his head in with the fire extinguisher," he said. I was shocked. I hadn't thought about how to deal with terrorists. I'm an accountant. I was in a pub in London with a colleague, shortly after the London Bridge terror attacks. It was a warm … Continue reading The downside of specialisation
Every passing second, every lazy hour, every weekend drink with friends. That's life. The moments spent shopping and the moments spent sleeping. The important meetings and the drunken conversations. All these small moments: these are what make up your life. Make sure you appreciate them.
There are't many attributes more important than curiosity. I mean a deep, intense curiosity about how things work. How people tick. Why the world is how it is. For example, the laptop I'm typing on, a MacBook Air: who designed it? What software do they use to design it? What training do you have to … Continue reading The value of curiosity
You can be a beginner. You can be unskilled. You can be wet behind the ears. But you have to be willing to learn. You have to be teachable, and you have to want to improve. Otherwise, you're just wasting everybody's time.
"You should change jobs every two years," she told me. Her rationale was that every job ran its course within two years. Six months to get good at the job, a year to smash it out of the park and do great work, and then another six months looking for your next opportunity. It was the … Continue reading What’s next?
You don't mean to over-react. You don't mean to have biases. You don't mean to judge prematurely, or sensationalise. But you do. Because you're human. The superpower is to see past this. To, as Robert Greene says, develop the ability to see the world as it really is. Or as Hans Rosling says: What do … Continue reading See the world as it really is
It always sounds cruel and counter-intuitive. Put on your own oxygen mask before helping others. Yes, you should ignore even your own child, and save yourself first. The reason being, of course, that if you don't, then you'll be unable to help anyone else anyway. There are times in my life when I have been … Continue reading You are the priority
Hedge fund superstars don't wear suits. They don't need to. Their performance in their job is clear, measurable, and comparable to their peers. Your job is to make money by trading.Your firm, or your investors, know exactly how much money you made or lost in your trades.Everyone knows the overall market performance, so it's easy … Continue reading Are you delivering? Then everything else is secondary
I'm not a financial adviser, but sometimes I play one on the internet. So here's the most important piece of financial advice you'll ever get. Make sure you have a four figure sum, in liquid cash, all the time. If you're one of the 61% of Americans that can't cover a $1000 emergency with savings, … Continue reading The most important money rule to follow
I wish that I knew what I know now // when I was youngerThe Faces, Ooh La La Knowledge compounds. It builds over time, slowly but surely, until one day, finally, you really start to feel like you know something about the way the world works. Unfortunately, that feeling is probably bullshit. In ten years you … Continue reading The Ten Year Idiot Rule