Weekly Kaizen – Dec 25th – Saturnalia

For a long time December has been a month of celebration trough different cultures, it’s the last month of the year and though out time humans came together to eat and exchange gifts. One such celebration was the Saturnalia festival by the Romans: for once a year there was no ranking in social order and slaves could command their masters to do things (slaves still had to do the basic tasks such as preparing food). Saturnalia explained by Historia Civilis:

How to be a Stoic

The New Yorker contributor Elif Batuman wrote a great piece on Stoicism, one of the philosophy’s of which I try to learn from and put into practice:

How to be a Stoic

Human Overpopulation – The Human Explosion explained

The amount of humans has never increased as much as the last 100 years, and is expected to continue growing for a while. A lot has been written on this subjects and there a lot of concerns, both for a healthcare perspective up to a shortage of food and environmental harm, however does it all look that bad?  Kurzgesagt talks in the below video on Human Overpopulation and into the positives aspects that we tend to overlook:

Jamie Dimon on Trump and Detroit’s revival

Bloomberg TV spoke with JP Morgan’s CEO and Chairman Jamie Dimon on several topics, including Trump and Detroit. As ever, every interview with Jamie Dimon is highly recommended, his pragmatic skills and way to put things forward in an simple manner are extraordinary.

Jamie Dimon Interview with Bloomberg

The Uber Cannibals

It has almost becoming a weekly recurrence to link to material from Monish Pabrai, and this week an article written by Monish Pabrai with Yingzhuo Zhao from Dhando Holdings (Investmet holding of Monish Pabrai):

Move Over Small Dogs Of The Dow, Here Come The Uber Cannibals

Carl Icahnn and the danger of ETF’s

There is no question about it that ETF’s have exploded in popularity, and why not? You can get the index return and out perform 90% of the professional money mangers by a paying fraction of the cost…As with every investment caution is needed, Carl Icahn spoke with CNBC on the dangers of ETF’s, Valuewalk gathered his interviews on the subject:

Carl Icahn Warning

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Weekly Kaizen – Nov 27th – The Need to Read

Read More

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 – 30th of October – Understanding the rule of 72

This week in Weekly Kaizen:

A video heavy amount of content, from Elon Musk unveiling Tesla’s solar panels, the rule of 72 and why it’s so important, The Economist on Japan’s second city Osaka and a video discussing Caesar and his campaign in Gaul (58 B.C.E.). The first link is an article by Share Parish (Farnam Street blog) on why it’s hard to create new habits.

The Broccoli Point: Why Creating Habits Is Hard

‘Read the below with this caveat in mind: Constant learning and self-improvement can and must be done for great life results.’

Link to article

Elon Musk unveils his vision on the future of solar panels:

Video from The Economist, Osaka: sushi, tattoos, and a flourishing nightlife:

Japan’s second city has become the country’s fastest growing tourist hotspot. Famed for its food, Osaka stands apart from other cities in Japan. A sushi chef, a poet and a tattoo artist show us why their city is the top choice for the culturally curious visitor in the latest episode of our Passport travel series.

Historia Civilis submitted a new video this week:Caesar vc Ariovistus (58 B.C.E.)

Mohnish Pabrai  launched this week his own website/blog: Know 72

Why Know 72? This video explains the easy but oh so important concept of understanding the rule of 72:

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