Cue 144 – History’s Seductive Beliefs

History’s Seductive Beliefs

“A simple rule that’s obvious but easy to ignore is that nothing worth pursuing is free. How could it be otherwise? Everything has a price, and the price is usually proportionate to the potential rewards.

But the price is rarely on a price tag. You don’t pay it with cash. Most things worth pursuing charge their fee in the form of stress, doubt, uncertainty, dealing with quirky people, bureaucracy, other peoples’ conflicting incentives, hassle, nonsense, and general bullshit. That’s the overhead cost of getting ahead.” – Morgan Housel

Cue 143 – Experts Versus Elites

Experts Versus Elites

“On any particular issue, people at the bottom can usually claim the most expertise; they know their job best. And when someone at the top has to make a difficult decision, they usually prefer to justify it via reference to recommendations from below. They are just following the advice of their experts, they say. But of course they lie; people at the top often overrule subordinates. And while leaders often like to pretend that they select people for promotion on the basis of doing lower jobs well, that is also often a lie.” – Robin Hanson

Cue 142 – The Messy Middle: Finding Your Way Through the Hardest and Most Crucial Part of Any Bold Venture (Key takeaways)

The Messy Middle: Finding Your Way Through the Hardest and Most Crucial Part of Any Bold Venture (Key takeaways)

“Across so many teams I’ve worked with, I’ve marveled at just how quickly an idea takes hold when someone proactively does the underlying work no one else clearly owned.” – Scott Belsky

Cue 140 – How we fixed the ozone layer

How we fixed the ozone layer

“Despite the fact that tackling climate change will be more difficult, I still think there are important lessons to learn from the ozone success story. We can tackle real global problems. We can involve every country in this process. And we can take action quickly when we’re running up against time. Perhaps the fact that we rarely talk about the ozone layer anymore is a testament to our success in tackling it, but it serves us well to remind ourselves that we are capable of cooperating on such global problems, which is why I like to return to and relive the story every so often.” – Hannah Ritchie

Cue 136 – Stop Calling Professors ‘Professor”

Stop Calling Professors ‘Professor’

“Social media more generally have overturned naming and credentials practices. The good side is the neutering of titles. The bad side is the elevation of popularity in their place. One’s number of social-media followers carries a great deal of weight, and on Twitter a select number of individuals are designated with blue checks to verify their identities. One possible benefit of titles is that they may signify a world where popularity does not matter so much.” – Tyler Cowen