Sunday, 31 January 2016

Weekend reading

Nir Eyal - The Strange (But Effective) Way I Stick to Hard Goals (LinkedIn)
How it Works

  1. Pick your routine. For me, my routine was hitting the gym.
  2. Book your time. Make time in your schedule for the routine. If you don’t reserve the time as you would booking an appointment or important meeting, the routine won’t happen.
  3. Find a crisp $100 bill. Other denominations will work too but it has to be an amount you’d hate to lose.
  4. Find a lighter.
  5. Buy a wall calendar and place it somewhere you’ll see every day. My calendar is in my closet and it’s the first thing I see when I get dressed in the morning.
  6. Tape the $100 bill to today’s date in the calendar and place the lighter somewhere visible near the wall calendar.
The Saatchi & Saatchi Story documentary (YouTube)
The story itself is interesting enough but there is an interview segment with a young David Herro, of Harris Associates, from around the 1hour 10min mark, as he is battling the founders of the company.

Can Nikesh Arora Make Softbank the Berkshire Hathaway of Tech? (Fortune)

Selection of articles from Mark Mobius: (i) Sri Lanka, (ii) China, (iii) Shenzhen and (iv) Nanning 

What Tolstoy’s ‘War and Peace’ can teach us (FT)

A Dozen Things I have Learned About Business from Rza (the founder of Wu-Tang Clan) (25iq)

Teaching kids real math with computers (TED)

2015 Bloomberg book list (Bloomberg)

Josh Luber on Sneakers, Sneakerheads, and the Second-hand Market (Econtalk)

Emotions: do they control us? (LSE Podcast)
From financial decisions to medical choices and political beliefs, emotion plays a crucial role. What is emotion and what is it good for? How is it represented in the brain and do human emotions differ from other animals? We will discuss the notion that emotion is the primary factor that controls our every action.

Self-Awareness: How Knowing Yourself Increases The Success in Value Investing (Undervalued Japan)

The Marinelli Bell Foundry (Bloomberg)
This family business in Agnone, Italy, has filled the belfries of churches around the world since at least 1339. Today the shop’s 12 artisans take about three months to produce a single large model. A 600-kilogram (1,323-pound) bell costs about €21,000 ($23,000). Tourists can take home a less hefty holiday edition for €40.