A Strange Game
A Strange Game
Preparation for the rest of your life
About the Book
Modern life is a strange game. It cannot be won, and the best you can do is to not play it.
So this is not a book about winning the Game. It contains no answers, no secrets, no shortcuts, no religion. It's a book about discovery, about what I slowly learned about the Game and how not to play it. It's what I want to tell my children, and I hope it will help you, too.
- Your Most Valuable Possession
- Now is all you have.
- Value experiences over stuff.
- Own your mistakes.
- Reduce distractions.
- Eliminate ads.
- Watch TV on your time.
- Imagine entertainment as something you can’t own.
- Everyone loves to buy things, but no one likes to be sold to.
- Zag when others zig.
- Live close to work and school.
- Everyone wants to be different, but no one wants to be the first.
- Be authentic.
- Life favors the good.
- It takes time to get good.
- You don’t have to go to school, but you need a plan.
- Make the most of your twenties.
- Be ready to not please your parents.
- The winner of an argument is often the one with the most documentation.
- Overcome your extended adolescence.
- Practice the Rule of Half.
- Learn to write well.
- To write well, read.
- Take pictures of signs when you travel
- Embrace shoshin.
- Live in a different country.
- Take your shoes off at the door.
- Question old habits.
- Make change happen.
- Buy what you need. Use what you have.
- Contribute, not consume.
- Limit your choices.
- Trust your first instinct.
- Just do good work.
- Open your mail every day.
- Technique, not technology.
- Buy a used car.
- Pay your credit cards off every month.
- Try to owe zero taxes every year.
- Save 10% for retirement.
- Take the match.
- Buy index funds.
- Learn how health insurance works.
- Tip well.
- Don’t drink sodas.
- Don’t eat out often, and rarely at fast food places.
- When you eat out, order what you want.
- Eating well costs more (sometimes).
- Eating well doesn’t have to cost more.
- Treat your body well in your teens and 20s (and later, too).
- Learn to make 5 dishes.
- Presentations are stories.
- Keep email messages short at work.
- Assume you’re the dumbest one in the room.
- Notes, References, and Further Reading
- Reading List
- A Last Word
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