Weekly Kaizen – Nov 27th – The Need to Read

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How many books have you read so far this year?

If you look at reading as another form of entertainment it’s easier to make the habit to do it every day, scheduling 20 minutes a day will already have a big impact on the amount of books you read a year. Shane Parrish, from FarnamStreet, wrote at the end of January an article on how to read more: The Simple Plan To Read More. However it’s not just important to read more, as equally or even more important is to know how to read a book properly: How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading, a must read for everyone who wants to get serious about reading.
And finally one of best article I have read so far on the importance of reading: Will Schwalbe’s article for the Wall Street Journal The Need to Read.

Compounding

In an previous edition of Weekly Kaizen we linked to a video explaining the rule of 72 to easily calculate what percentage of return you need to double your investment, this week a video on the importance of compounding published by Mohnish Pabrai (www.know72.com):

DealBook 2016: The Long and Short of Activist Investing

Bill Ackman C.E.O., Pershing Square Capital Management LP was interviewed two weeks ago at the The New York Times Dealbook conference:

Fidel Castro

Last Friday the 25th of November Fidel Castro passed away, he governed Cuba for 47 years until 2011 when his brother Raul Castro took over, to understand more about the life that he led: visit his Wikipedia page, read an article written by The Economist, watch one of the two (or both) documentaries here below or read his Autobiography: Fidel Castro: My Life: A Spoken Autobiography

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Weekly Kaizen -13th of November 2016 – Fusion Energy

Venezuela, A Failing State

The first link this week is to an article by the New Yorker on the current state of Venezuela’ economy and how it’s citizens are copping with getting access to basic needs like food and medicines:

Venezuela, A Failing State

Greenblatt: Hybrid Investing

Counsuelo Mack from Wealthtrack spoke with Joel Greenblatt. How do you prevent investors from buying and selling at the wrong time? Financial innovator and successful value investor, Gotham Funds’ Joel Greenblatt explains his new hybrid approach combining indexing and his active long/short strategies:

John Malone talks with CNBC

John Malone spoke this week with CNBC and gave his views on the proposed merger of AT&T and Time Warner, furthermore he talks about Disney, Netflix and more:

Liberty Media Chairman John Malone Exclusive

Fusion Energy Explained – Future or Failure

Kurzgesagt published a new video on Fusion energy, explaining how it works and the impact it could have as alternative energy source:

Dumb Ways to Die

The last link of this week is a video published in 2012 and is one of the best safety video made :-).

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Weekly Kaizen – 6th of November 2016 – Deep Work

We are only two days away from an historic US Presidential election, the outcome of which is sure to spark a lot of strong emotions. Regardless of who you think should win, it is important to remain respectful and to pause for a moment and be thankful for the fact that, as an United States citizen, you are able to freely express your views and vote. The first link this week is to an article written on medium by César A. Hidalgo MIT Associate Professor of Media, Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab and the author of Why Information Grows: The evolution of order from atoms to economies. In his article he writes about his experience of using a visualisation tool to view the Wikileaks emails linked to Hillary Clinton and sharing it with the public.

What I learned from visualizing Hillary Clinton’s emails

Buffett Talks His Early Career in Finance and Advice for Investors on ‘The David Rubenstein Show’

Another video from The David Rubenstein Show this week an interview with legendary investor Warren Buffett:

Before the Flood – Full Movie | National Geographic:

With 11M views in a week’s time, National Geographic’s documentary featuring Leonardo DiCaprio as he explores the topic of Climate Chance.

Deep Work rules for Focus Success in a Distracted World:

Focused work for a set amount of time without distraction is something that few people are able to do. I, for one, struggle with doing sufficient ‘deep work’, and in today’s society we have an unlimited amount of distraction from the internet. A lot of people have the habit of routinely check the news, or their Facebook/Twitter accounts, without even realizing what they are looking for or reading.Dr.Cal Newport works 8 hours a day and gets a lot more done than you or me…In his book Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World he explains what it means to do Deep work.

Looking for a summary of the book? Brian Johnson made a 20 Min video:

More on Deep Work and Dr. Cal Newport:

Dr. Cal Newport blog.

Quit Social Media TEDx Talk:

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