“The roads not seen almost always matter more than the potholes we hit along the way.” – Seth’s Blog
Another relatively low volume reading month. I did try to clean out my article “Read Me” folder a bit and you see that reflected in my article count. Book reading was a different matter. I need to figure something else out there.
Focusing on a few positives (possibly a New Year’s goal). I had a goal of increasing my writing & posting and posted 45 new updates to the site in 2021. For those of you who know how many weeks are in a year, you will notice that it was not quite weekly but much better than my prior cadence. Ignoring the fact that I am pretty sure 98% of my site traffic is North Korean bots, overall site traffic was up 76% over 2020. Thank you, dear North Korean bot, for reading…
And by the way, Happy New Year!
Here are my most influential reads – in no particular order:
- Nervous Breakdowns Can Be Good – “This got me thinking that maybe we need to bring back the nervous breakdown, to protect the nation’s collective reserve of nerve force at a time when it’s stretched so thin. What would the modern version of a culturally accepted, nervous-breakdown-precipitated time-out look like?”
- Credit-Driven Asset Price Inflation – “Consumers simply have more borrowing power now when it comes to homes than they have on record in this data series”
- The 43rd Lesson – ” The law of karma puts a person at the centre of responsibility for everything he or she does and everything that is done to him or her.”
- Where Are Workers Going? Long Covid Prevents Millions From Returning to Work – “Doing some back-of-the-envelope math, that’s 4.6 million people. “
- You Have Not Missed It – “Thus, I think we are out of the 2-percent-as-the-center-of-the-distribution era, and into an era where the middle is more like 3%.”
- Slow Holidays – “If we want space, we have to create it intentionally.”
- Why Small Habits Make a Big Difference – “Habits and mental disciplines are controllable, offer enormous opportunity for returns, have extremely low risk, and you can use them for the rest of your life.”
- Dave Barry’s 2021 Year in Review – “Because nobody knows what 2022 will bring. Will it suck as much as this year? Will it suck more? Or will it suck a LOT more? These appear to be our choices.”
- Getting ahead vs. having enough – “You don’t have to participate in a game that will constantly pit you against the competition (i.e., everyone else in the world). You can opt for simple satisfaction instead. “
- How Writing Daily Wins Can Help Rewire Your Brain for Confidence and Energy – “Our brain has a negative bent, often referred to as negativity bias.” SMS: I thought it was just me.
Note: This is based on when I read the article, not necessarily when it was first published. Unfortunately, my backlog of things I would like to read always seems to dwarf the amount of time I can devote to reading.
Top clicks across the site last month:
- Financial Model vs. Operating Model
- Influential Reads – November 2021
- Three Key Take Aways: That Wild Country
- Excel Template: Football Field Chart
- EBITDA Is Not A Good Proxy For Cash Flow