This is a collection of those articles or things that I have found while rummaging around on the internet.


  1. (very topical given my view on specialist lending at the moment.)


Jim Collins – A Rare Interview with a Reclusive Polymath: The Tim Ferris Show

Jim Collins — A Rare Interview with a Reclusive Polymath (#361)

  • Ludwig Wittgenstein has famously said – “The limits of our language are the limits of our world”
  • The absolute best company leaders are able to dissolve their ego into the company, and develop a sense of humility far above the rest
  • At the end of every single day, Jim opens a spreadsheet with 3 columns and logs the following:
    • The first column contains a description of what he did that day
    • The second column lists the number of creative work hours for that particular day
      • For the past 30 years, he’s clocked more than 1,000 creative work hours for the whole year – Jim always tries to be on pace to hit this
    • The third column lists a number: either +2, +1, 0, -1, or -2
      • This is a way of tracking his overall emotional state for the day (+2 is the highest – aka a really good day)
  • A great quote – “The only way to paint a masterpiece is to start with a blank canvas”
  • Find what Jim terms your “Hedgehog”:
    • Doing what you love to do and are passionate about
    • Doing what you’re encoded for (what you were born to do)
    • Something that pays
  • Trying keeping what Jim calls a “bug book”:
    • It’s a notebook where you write about what you (the bug) like/dislikes about the situations you encounter in life, always keeping in mind the idea of finding your personal Hedgehog
  • If someone is willing to give you mentor time, you owe it to them, and to you, to go prepared and then to do a lot of writing after about what you learned
  • Here’s what Jim learned from a meeting with Peter Drucker:
    • Don’t make 100 decisions when 1 will do
    • Instead of trying so hard to be successful, instead seek to be useful
  • The Flywheel Principle is an analogy for a series of good decisions, supremely well executed, taken with discipline thought, that added up over time produce a great result
    • Another way to think of this – A drives B drives C drives D and so on until you get back to A
  • Look for situations in life where you can fire bullets (try things), aim and calibrate (make sure you’re getting good results), and then fire a cannonball (go all in)
  • An option to fall back on often has negative value in relation to creative pursuits
    • You have to go all in 100%, otherwise you’ll hold something in reserve, and when it gets really scary, you’ll pull back

Josh Waitzkin: How to Cram 2 Months of Learning Into 1 Day – The Tim Ferriss Show

Josh Waitzkin — How to Cram 2 Months of Learning into 1 Day (#375)

  • No matter what you’re practicing, always finish strong 
  • Align your peak energy periods with peak creativity work and actually schedule thinking time into your calendar
  • An exercise that’s helped Josh and many of his clients:
    • End your day thinking about an important question and then wake up the next morning (pre-input, before checking your phone or any news) and brainstorm on it (either on paper or in something like Evernote)
  • Practice the art of letting go and turning it on/off
    • “Most people in high-stress industries are always operating at this simmering 6, as opposed to the undulation between deep relaxation and being at a 10”
  • Cultivate empty space in your life to escape the noise and really focus on what matters most
    • “If you get away from a lot of the noise, it’s much easier to take that 30,000-foot view and see what really matters”

Graham Duncan: Talent Is The Best Asset Class – The Tim Ferriss Show

Graham Duncan — Talent Is the Best Asset Class (#362)

  • On hiring:
    • Focus more on references
    • A great interview question – “If you were hiring somebody to do this job, what criteria would you use to hire them?”
  • Credibility = Proven Confidence + Relationships + Integrity
  • Spend more time thinking about tough problems – actually schedule thinking time
  • If you’re looking to improve in a certain area, hire a coach – it’s some of the best money you can spend
  • ALWAYS question your assumptions
    • A good thing to ask – “How might the opposite of this belief be true?”
  • Just like people are billionaires financially, if you have more than a billion seconds left in your life – you’re a time billionaire
    • (A million seconds is 11 days, a billion seconds is slightly over 31 years)
    • Just think – How much would a 90 year old billionaire pay to go back in time and be 20-years-old again?
  • During joyful experiences, try to pause and imagine yourself in the future asking- “How much would I pay to be in this moment again?”
    • Doing so, really helps you to appreciate life’s special moments

Marc Andreessen – The Moment with Brian Koppelman

  • To be a creative professional, you need to be proactive in trying to get your work out there
    • You can’t rely on the quality of the work alone
    • “Creativity is a collaborative exercise between the creator and the audience”
    • People are BUSY
      • “They’re not sitting around dreaming up new product ideas that they hope someone else builds. You have to invent them and BRING IT TO THEM.”
  • As an artist, aim to get yourself into the scene/mix
    • The scene = the collision space (things HAPPEN when you’re in the scene)
  • You have a much, much better chance of getting a startup funded by a venture capitalist with some sort of warm referral
    • Cold pitches almost never work
  • Instead of following your passion, focus on the area in which you can make a contribution
  • Realize that most of your ideas about how the world works are probably wrong
    • Aim to have strong views, weakly held

Raw Data and Data Science Article Collection

Some Regression tests with R Studio