Prestige is something that tempts us all. A good job, a good house, a good car — they are signals, signals to others that we’ve seen success and we know what we’re doing. But how did they originate, and why have we become so addicted to them?
After going back and forth with it for some time, I recently got back into taking cold showers in the morning. On one hand, they’re unpleasant. On the other, they have a variety of health benefits, both physical and mental. But perhaps no benefit of cold showers I find bigger than that of momentum.
Honor and glory are seen now as archaic concepts from history. But if honor and glory still exists now, what does it look like?
We talk a lot about what mental models work. But what about which ones don’t?
The author Nassim Taleb describes the narrative fallacy as a belief that there is a story in everything, even though there is not. While the narrative fallacy can hurt you in some cases, it can also be used to your advantage.