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Trevor Black
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Butchers Twine
We carry beef. There are strings attached.  Sometimes the problem is not the problem. The battle is not the war. We carry stuff around with us so that our reactions to things often bear very little relation to the thing we are reacting to. To an outsider, i...
Butchers Twine
Butchers Twine
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Sorry, Thank You, Yay!
When some people move away from faith, they don't move away from the culture. Many of the Atheists I know are Jewish. The Atheists who were Christian hesitate to say the same thing. Alain De Botton talks about Atheism 2.0. Basically, moving on from the brea...
Sorry, Thank You, Yay!
Sorry, Thank You, Yay!
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Friends of Friends
I grew up in the Kwa-Zulu Natal Bible Belt. It was during the tail end of Apartheid, and the birth of Democratic South Africa. I would describe the area as being on the liberal end of the conservative Christian community. I then spent a couple of years in t...
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Friends of Friends
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Safe Space
There are two opposing ideas around Safe Spaces. One is that it is a place where people hide you from being triggered. Full of cuddles. The opposite is that it is a place where people find your triggers. Where you learn to be stronger than them.  I carry a ...
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Start
The heart of Engine building is realising you are not a money making machine. You are a person. For the entire time people have been around, an air of desperation has hung over us. Wolves at the door. Hunger. A fight for survival. It is not necessary to fig...
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Fruit and Tree
I think you should build an Engine. An Engine is an investment that (on average) earns more than you spend. An Engine gives you the freedom to spend your time on things that are difficult (or impossible) to monetize.  A big part of monetizing things is arti...
Fruit and Tree
Fruit and Tree
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Rainbow Ruse
I regard myself as a very open person. Yet I know I am very stubborn, sensitive and defensive. In Cold Reading, this is called the 'Rainbow Ruse'. You attribute someone with a characteristic, and its opposite. It sounds insightful. But this is obviously tru...
Rainbow Ruse
Rainbow Ruse
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Works for You
Just over four years ago, I felt I had a big enough Engine to stop working for money and let my Mini-Me do it for me (if I dramatically cut my expenses). I wanted to focus on things that didn't involve money. Like writing. A lot of that writing has focused ...
Works for You
Works for You
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Popcorn
One of the ways to cope with our worlds feeling like they are falling apart is to focus. Narrow the number of people and issues we care about. Turn off the news. Turn off the phone. Work harder. Throw yourself into something that requires all your focus. Bu...
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Breathe and Build
The biggest pushback I get to my suggestion that people build Engines (An Investment that earns more than you spend) is that the Savings Rate required is completely unrealistic. Most people are barely getting by on what they earn. Most people live Hand-to-M...
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