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Bias For Clarity

Bias for action. Gets things done. Go-getter. Traits companies big and small look for. And for good reason, you're being hired to do things! However, action is a secondary step that often overshadows the primary step, direction.   Clear direction is the foundation that enables our actions to takeoff. Without it, we're stuck in the mud.  Striving for clarity is an underrated skill. Having the courage to ask ( seemingly ) obvious questions, and to check in, making sure we're all on the same page. "O bvious " questions are a low risk, high reward way to add value. At worst, you'll add confidence to our actions. At best, you discover a misalignment that saves us from a dead-end.  The more people, the more clear we need to be. The bigger the initiative, the bigger the risk of reaching the finish line, only to realize expectations were off.  Success is always uncertain. But we can be certain about what we want and what everyone's job is. Things that can be clea

Diversifying Beyond Investing

A best practice in portfolio management is to own many companies across many sectors, countries and sizes. Reducing the risk of one bad apple spoiling it all. Diversification, the only free lunch in investing, produces better returns with lower risks. 

Diversification is helpful beyond investing. 

Retirement is a trying time. This is most clear with pro athletes. Countless examples of downward spirals and overnight bankruptcies. We're just as susceptible. Many retirees report depression and anxiety due to loss of identity and structure. So much of us is tied to our careers, when it ends, it's devastating. 

This is why we diversify. We're more than our jobs. We are sons, daughters, parents, athletes, book nerds, investors, gamers, and so much more. Work is a single slice of a much bigger pie. It's foolish to save our best self for one and neglect the rest. 

When we feed other areas, we become more resilient. A bad meeting doesn't destroy us because we were still able to get a good work out in, and be there for a friend. Expanding ourselves makes it easier to accept any single blow. A concentrated life leaves us vulnerable...and dull. 

Leaning into non-work areas counterintuitively makes us better at work. Skills and confidence gained elsewhere can fuel us everywhere. Positives from one area lifts you to new heights in others.  

Just like in investing, diversification limits our downside, while improving our upside. It's a free lunch, eat up.







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