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The 13 Things I Regret Not Telling Her

“Playing with your kids will make you feel better,” my mother told me. My grandmother told me, “Play with your daughters. It will calm you down.” I had been depressed for precisely…

“Playing with your kids will make you feel better,” my mother told me. My grandmother told me, “Play with your daughters. It will calm you down.” I had been depressed for precisely 19 months at that point. I couldn’t get out of bed in the morning. I was four months away from going broke. I […]

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Good or Bad: Monogamy

Strong opinions are like a disease. You get one, then your friends get the same one (else, according to the rules of groupthink they are no longer friends) and so on. I…

Strong opinions are like a disease. You get one, then your friends get the same one (else, according to the rules of groupthink they are no longer friends) and so on. I hate opinions. There always seems to be someone smarter than me who has the opposite opinion. But I’m skeptical. And I like to […]

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10 Things Everyone Got Wrong About Dave Chappelle’s Recent Netflix Special

Will Smith desperately needed advice. He was terrified about something he was about to do. So he said, “I have to visit the master.” He called Dave Chappelle. His challenge: to do…

Will Smith desperately needed advice. He was terrified about something he was about to do. So he said, “I have to visit the master.” He called Dave Chappelle. His challenge: to do three minutes of standup comedy at a comedy club. I get it. When I had to do six minutes the first time, I […]

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Self-Help Dictators, Stillness, and Altucher’s Book Club!

Kim Il-sung killed millions of people while supreme leader of North Korea for 50 years. “People only get free from oppression through struggle.”–Kim Il-sung. Kim Il-sung was the self-help, failure-porn motivational speaker…

Kim Il-sung killed millions of people while supreme leader of North Korea for 50 years. “People only get free from oppression through struggle.”–Kim Il-sung. Kim Il-sung was the self-help, failure-porn motivational speaker of his time. Anyone who disagreed with him was “disappeared.” — In the mid ’00s, I was getting a divorce and my latest […]

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This Is Your Brain on Stock Market (Part 4 of 4)

It was 2:32 p.m. May 6, 2010. $1 trillion dollars disappeared within minutes. I couldn’t believe it. I was looking at the market. I was looking at my bank account. I thought…

It was 2:32 p.m. May 6, 2010. $1 trillion dollars disappeared within minutes. I couldn’t believe it. I was looking at the market. I was looking at my bank account. I thought I was having a heart attack. What. The H***. Is Happening? I called someone and I think I started to cry. Years later, […]

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This is Your Brain on Stock Market (Part 3 of 4)

I hate to think. And I hate emotions. I used to think I was smart. I’d make a trade and it would immediately go against me and I’d be miserable. I’d sit…

I hate to think. And I hate emotions. I used to think I was smart. I’d make a trade and it would immediately go against me and I’d be miserable. I’d sit and look at the screen and feel the blood pumping all through my body. “Take a break,” another trader told me. I would […]

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This Is Your Brain on Stock Market (Part 2 of 4)

Our brains are messed up. Daniel Kahneman, the Nobel Prize winning economist, calls the ways we are messed up “cognitive biases.” Our cognitive biases make us sell stocks whenever everyone else is…

Our brains are messed up. Daniel Kahneman, the Nobel Prize winning economist, calls the ways we are messed up “cognitive biases.” Our cognitive biases make us sell stocks whenever everyone else is selling. Cause us to buy stocks when everyone else is buying. This is called “herd behavior.” Another cognitive bias is called “loss aversion.” […]

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