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Behind Tom Brady’s preparation for Super Bowl LI | Patriots Wire
Backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo explained his shock when he’d arrive at meetings his rookie year and Brady would be well versed in the material they were supposed to be learning that day.

“He’d come in and already be a day ahead of everybody,” Garoppolo said. “If we were on third down, he studied third down yesterday. I started picking up some of those things, and it really does help you. You walk in the next day and you’re prepared, ready to roll, so just little things like that. It doesn’t sound like it would be that important. But being that far ahead of the game, it gives you an edge.”
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yesterday by lwhlihu
James Clear on Twitter: "23/ You will likely face mismatch conditions in your life. Knowing this, you must take it upon yourself to design your ideal life."
23/ You will likely face mismatch conditions in your life. Knowing this, you must take it upon yourself to design your ideal life.

24/ Optimal lives are designed, not discovered. You have to turn a mismatch condition into a well-matched one.
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yesterday by lwhlihu
RT : Local SEO for service-area businesses requires a lot of servicing
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2 days ago by ormg
Quote of the Day : Something Great Is Coming Your Way! 🙌
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2 days ago by randyhilarski
The Western Elite from a Chinese Perspective - American Affairs Journal
I don’t claim to be a modern-day Alexis de Tocqueville, nor do I have much in common with this famous observer of American life. He grew up in Paris, a city renowned for its culture and architecture. I grew up in Shijiazhuang, a city renowned for being the headquarters of the company that produced toxic infant formula. He was a child of aristocrats; I am the child of modest workers.

Nevertheless, I hope my candid observations can provide some insights into the elite institutions of the West. Certain beliefs are as ubiquitous among the people I went to school with as smog was in Shijiazhuang. The doctrines that shape the worldviews and cultural assumptions at elite Western institutions like Cambridge, Stanford, and Goldman Sachs have become almost religious. Nevertheless, I hope that the perspective of a candid Chinese atheist can be of some instruction to them.


So I came to the UK in 2001, when I was 16 years old. Much to my surprise, I found the UK’s exam-focused educational system very similar to the one in China. What is more, in both countries, going to the “right schools” and getting the “right job” are seen as very important by a large group of eager parents. As a result, scoring well on exams and doing well in school interviews—or even the play session for the nursery or pre-prep school—become the most important things in the world. Even at the university level, the undergraduate degree from the University of Cambridge depends on nothing else but an exam at the end of the last year.

On the other hand, although the UK’s university system is considered superior to China’s, with a population that is only one-twentieth the size of my native country, competition, while tough, is less intimidating. For example, about one in ten applicants gets into Oxbridge in the UK, and Stanford and Harvard accept about one in twenty-five applicants. But in Hebei province in China, where I am from, only one in fifteen hundred applicants gets into Peking or Qinghua University.

Still, I found it hard to believe how much easier everything became. I scored first nationwide in the GCSE (high school) math exam, and my photo was printed in a national newspaper. I was admitted into Trinity College, University of Cambridge, once the home of Sir Isaac Newton, Francis Bacon, and Prince Charles.

I studied economics at Cambridge, a field which has become more and more mathematical since the 1970s. The goal is always to use a mathematical model to find a closed-form solution to a real-world problem. Looking back, I’m not sure why my professors were so focused on these models. I have since found that the mistake of blindly relying on models is quite widespread in both trading and investing—often with disastrous results, such as the infamous collapse of the hedge fund Long-Term Capital Management. Years later, I discovered the teaching of Warren Buffett: it is better to be approximately right than precisely wrong. But our professors taught us to think of the real world as a math problem.

The culture of Cambridge followed the dogmas of the classroom: a fervent adherence to rules and models established by tradition. For example, at Cambridge, students are forbidden to walk on grass. This right is reserved for professors only. The only exception is for those who achieve first class honors in exams; they are allowed to walk on one area of grass on one day of the year.

The behavior of my British classmates demonstrated an even greater herd mentality than what is often mocked in American MBAs. For example, out of the thirteen economists in my year at Trinity, twelve would go on to join investment banks, and five of us went to work for Goldman Sachs.


To me, Costco represents the best of American capitalism. It is a corporation known for having its customers and employees in mind, while at the same time it has compensated its shareholders handsomely over the years. To the customers, it offers the best combination of quality and low cost. Whenever it manages to reduce costs, it passes the savings on to customers immediately. Achieving a 10 percent gross margin with prices below Amazon’s is truly incredible. After I had been there once, I found it hard to shop elsewhere.

Meanwhile, its salaries are much higher than similar retail jobs. When the recession hit in 2008, the company increased salaries to help employees cope with the difficult environment. From the name tags the staff wear, I have seen that frontline employees work there for decades, something hard to imagine elsewhere.

Stanford was for me a distant second to Costco in terms of the American capitalist experience. Overall, I enjoyed the curriculum at the GSB. Inevitably I found some classes less interesting, but the professors all seemed to be quite understanding, even when they saw me reading my kindle during class.

One class was about strategy. It focused on how corporate mottos and logos could inspire employees. Many of the students had worked for nonprofits or health care or tech companies, all of which had mottos about changing the world, saving lives, saving the planet, etc. The professor seemed to like these mottos. I told him that at Goldman our motto was “be long-term greedy.” The professor couldn’t understand this motto or why it was inspiring. I explained to him that everyone else in the market was short-term greedy and, as a result, we took all their money. Since traders like money, this was inspiring. He asked if perhaps there was another motto or logo that my other classmates might connect with. I told him about the black swan I kept on my desk as a reminder that low probability events happen with high frequency. He didn’t like that motto either and decided to call on another student, who had worked at Pfizer. Their motto was “all people deserve to live healthy lives.” The professor thought this was much better. I didn’t understand how it would motivate employees, but this was exactly why I had come to Stanford: to learn the key lessons of interpersonal communication and leadership.

On the communication and leadership front, I came to the GSB knowing I was not good and hoped to get better. My favorite class was called “Interpersonal Dynamics” or, as students referred to it, “Touchy Feely.” In “Touchy Feely,” students get very candid feedback on how their words and actions affect others in a small group that meets several hours per week for a whole quarter.

We talked about microaggressions and feelings and empathy and listening. Sometimes in class the professor would say things to me like “Puzhong, when Mary said that, I could see you were really feeling something,” or “Puzhong, I could see in your eyes that Peter’s story affected you.” And I would tell them I didn’t feel anything. I was quite confused.

One of the papers we studied mentioned that subjects are often not conscious of their own feelings when fully immersed in a situation. But body indicators such as heart rate would show whether the person is experiencing strong emotions. I thought that I generally didn’t have a lot of emotions and decided that this might be a good way for me to discover my hidden emotions that the professor kept asking about.

So I bought a heart rate monitor and checked my resting heart rate. Right around 78. And when the professor said to me in class “Puzhong, I can see that story brought up some emotions in you,” I rolled up my sleeve and checked my heart rate. It was about 77. And so I said, “nope, no emotion.” The experiment seemed to confirm my prior belief: my heart rate hardly moved, even when I was criticized, though it did jump when I became excited or laughed.

This didn’t land well on some of my classmates. They felt I was not treating these matters with the seriousness that they deserved. The professor was very angry. My takeaway was that my interpersonal skills were so bad that I could easily offend people unintentionally, so I concluded that after graduation I should do something that involved as little human interaction as possible.

Therefore, I decided I needed to return to work in financial markets rather than attempting something else. I went to the career service office and told them that my primary goal after the MBA was to make money. I told them that $500,000 sounded like a good number. They were very confused, though, as they said their goal was to help me find my passion and my calling. I told them that my calling was to make money for my family. They were trying to be helpful, but in my case, their advice didn’t turn out to be very helpful.

Eventually I was able to meet the chief financial officer of my favorite company, Costco. He told me that they don’t hire any MBAs. Everyone starts by pushing trolleys. (I have seriously thought about doing just that. But my wife is strongly against it.) Maybe, I thought, that is why the company is so successful—no MBAs!


Warren Buffett has said that the moment one was born in the United States or another Western country, that person has essentially won a lottery. If someone is born a U.S. citizen, he or she enjoys a huge advantage in almost every aspect of life, including expected wealth, education, health care, environment, safety, etc., when compared to someone born in developing countries. For someone foreign to “purchase” these privileges, the price tag at the moment is $1 million dollars (the rough value of the EB-5 investment visa). Even at this price level, the demand from certain countries routinely exceeds the annual allocated quota, resulting in long waiting times. In that sense, American citizens were born millionaires!

Yet one wonders how long such luck will last. This brings me back to the title of Rubin’s book, his “uncertain world.” In such a world, the vast majority things are outside our control, determined by God or luck. After we have given our best and once the final card is drawn, we should neither become too excited by what we have achieved nor too depressed by what we failed to … [more]
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2 days ago by nhaliday
HOW TO ACHIEVE YOUR DREAM IN A DAY **Comment... - Sterling Alexander Griffin
Each day, you have essentially a routine you go through.

You wake up, you drink some water, you check your phone, get ready, leave and go to work, or start work from your computer, you get home, you read a bit or watch tv, have dinner with friends, and then go to bed.

Or whatever your version of that is.

And day after day, you hope for a better life. You see people doing the things YOU wish you could be doing. You wonder why it's not happening for YOU!

You may THINK the problem is you're not skilled enough, you're not gifted enough, you don't know what to do or how to get started...

But that's not the problem.

No, there's actually a bigger problem at work here.

THE REAL problem is, you haven't made a change with what you DO every day, every month, every year.

If you want to achieve your dream, you simply change what you do in a day.

How often are you reading books from those who have achieved your dream? Listening to podcasts from them? Watching videos they've made on how to do what they've done?

Do you want to be a writer? How about starting with writing for 5 minutes a day?

Every writer you respect has gone through the arduous process of writing 100x stuff they hate as the stuff they do like, you just never heard about all of that because they hit the backspace button. It took practice.

Do you want to be a speaker? How about writing out the speech you would share?

John Maxwell started by speaking in churches as a kid, leading bible study after bible study, watching his dad who was a speaker speak day after day. He wasn't born a speaker, he worked for it.

Do you want to be a coach? How about starting a coaching certification or hiring a coach yourself?

Tony Robbins, when he was getting started, consumed book after book after book and attended dozens of Jon Rohn's seminars and took notes on what he saw Jim doing

Do you want to be a champion swimmer? Michael Phelps swam every day for 6 hours his whole life!

I could go on and on. I was realizing this the other day when I was listening to Tai Lopez on a podcast. I thought "man Tai can go on and on about any topic and still have value to share."

I started to feel jealous, and angry, like Tai was gifted more than me and for a second, I felt powerless to do anything about it.

But then I realized Tai reads a book a day, he has for years. If I had, I would have a lot to talk about too. He changed his daily routine to be ready for what he's doing now.

If you would have a different life, you must do something different daily.

That's what's holding you back from everything you want. Nothing more, nothing less.
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3 days ago by lwhlihu
Eli Michael Wehbe on Twitter: "Hate when people say “you’re so lucky” nah, I started at the bottom, nobody helped me out. I consistently work hard to stay relevant & do my…"
Hate when people say “you’re so lucky” nah, I started at the bottom, nobody helped me out. I consistently work hard to stay relevant & do my best to be the best at what I do. There is zero luck involved. Just hard work, consistency, remaining humble & treating everyone equally.
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3 days ago by lwhlihu
How Mirna Bačun built a five-figure online business
But for a business to work, you need to want something really badly. Money is just a means to achieving a goal. Rather than saying, “I want to make a lot of money,” figure out why you want to make money. What is it that you really want?

For example, I’m doing all of this because I want to buy myself an apartment without taking a loan from the bank. I want to have my own apartment at the end of 2017 or beginning of 2018, which means that I have to make around six figures this year. So that’s my goal.

And after that, I want to buy a house on the beach. Croatia has one of the most beautiful coasts in the world. Eventually, I want to make enough money so I don’t have to work. I want to work because I love what I do, not because I need to. That is my ultimate goal. Who knows when I’ll get there … maybe in the next five years.

So I have big goals that would make me extremely happy, and I’m very motivated to make them happen. I can see myself waking up at the seaside, drinking coffee with the water nearby, and it just keeps me going.
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7 days ago by lwhlihu

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