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This book discusses the practical, real-world skills for success which are not typically taught in college. This includes creating your own brand rather than relying on a résumé, specifically techniques to get on the radar of powerful people, and how to use any job as a springboard for future success.
“More and more people – including people who haven’t even graduated college yet – are waking up to the reality that the old career and success advice is no longer adequate.”
This book describes how to shift your perspective from focusing on some future, far-off, delusional, “perfect” goal, and instead focusing on the process of getting there. Your goals are simply meant as a guide to give you direction. Overly focusing on the future creates extreme stress and anxiety in the present. It’s far better to focus all your attention on the process of the present moment. This will free you from the anxiety of society, and (perhaps paradoxically) will actually result in achieving your goals more efficiently.
Fragile things break easily (like fine china). Robust systems are tough and enduring (like a bowling ball). “Antifragility”, however, includes systems or objects which actually benefit from disorder. For example, when a muscle is put under some small amount of stress and variation, it grows. This book discusses the theoretical concept of antifragility in detail and then discusses practical applications. For example: taking advantage of the natural variation in Nature by repeatedly identifying & exploiting positive random options.
Although we all inevitably learn what paths and practices can help us to pursue the life course we want, we often learn them too late for them to have practical application. Dr. Karl Pillemer spoke with more than one thousand older Americans and compiled the results into this book. It aims to show what has and has not worked for the most experienced Americans over the course of their lives. Lessons include how to choose a marriage partner, how to avoid regret in decision-making, and how to handle one’s career situations.
This book discusses how our brains are wired to respond to situations with either System 1 or System 2. System 1 is quick, fast intuition, while System 2 is slow, methodical calculation. They both have advantages and disadvantages, which are discussed. In addition, psychological biases (such as the fact that people overestimate their ability to predict the future) are discussed in order to turn this insightful theory into practical improvements for your daily decision-making.