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Global Optimum

Oct 22, 2019

This episode features:

-How to evaluate your chance of successfully completing difficult projects

-Can you be justified in believing that you are an extraordinary person who can do extraordinary things?

-When to trust the advice of others and when not to

-How to fail faster

-How to judge a project based on how well it fails

-How to avoid repeating mistakes

-Why you should want to fail occasionally

-How to make failure more foreseeable: the “premortem”


Full transcript



Apply Psychology:

Klein, G. (2007). Performing a project premortem. Harvard business review, 85(9), 18-19.

Roese, N. J., & Vohs, K. D. (2012). Hindsight bias. Perspectives on psychological science, 7(5), 411-426.

Arbital postmortem

Celebrating failed projects

How Many of the 540,000 Podcasts have “Podfaded?”

Inadequate Equilibria: Where and How Civilizations Get Stuck

‘Never Settle’ Is A Brag


Why we should err in both directions

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