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Controversial views, remains of the day, myKanban past £10k

Controversial views, remains of the day, myKanban past £10k
By Tom Littler • Issue #47 • View online
Welcome to the 71 new productivity people who’ve joined since last Sunday. We’re now a smart & curious group of 4035!

In the USA 70% of people have less than $1000 in savings, 50% of marriages end in divorce, and 60% of the population is overweight or obese.
From these stats, it’s probably not too arrogant to think that what ‘most people’ do and believe isn’t working.
Legendary venture capitalist Peter Thiel has an interview question he likes to ask ‘what do you believe to be true, that most others disagree with’.
It’s an interesting question, one that does a good job of assessing a candidates ability to think from first principles, rather than just follow the herd.
Peter Thiel wants people who don’t do what ‘most people’ do.
I went through quite an enjoyable exercise this week of writing out all the beliefs I hold that are somewhat controversial, you can check them out here. Maybe you’ll find the exercise fun too, after all, our character is defined far more by the things we disagree with common viewpoints on, rather than the ones we agree with. You can find an extract from the article below.
On Education
The value school adds is 50% childcare, 30% socialisation & 20% education. Low financial incentives for teachers means the best minds are not attracted to the profession. 
Technology will leverage 1:1000 rather than 1:30 learning. Teachers will become superstars and will be compensated accordingly.
The highest achieving children will aim towards becoming teachers.
On Free Will
Free will doesn’t exist, though it certainly feels like it does.If you rewound your life 10 minutes, or 10 years, how could anything turn out differently?
One argument against free will is chaos theory, the notion that electrons, and therefore life, move randomly. But randomness is not an argument against predeterminism.
Ironically, theoretically knowing this in no ways effects the illusion you are in control.
What I'm Reading
After enjoying Klara and the Sun last week, I’ve gone deep into Kazuo Ishiguro, picking up every book by this incredible writer that I can find.
Last week I read ‘Remains of the day’. It’s one of the most powerful books I’ve ever written.
Through the eyes of a butler, Stevens. Ishiguro explores the very nature of the English condition.
We understand the cost of focusing on ‘dignity’ and constantly maintaining a professional front. We learn the consequences of not speaking candidly. We learn the damage that comes from a single-minded focus on a career.
We must all wear masks in this world, but ‘Remains of the day’ is the single best case study in what happens when we let one mask completely dominate our character, to the point of a complete loss of self-awareness.
“It is sometimes said that butlers only truly exist in England. Other countries, whatever title is actually used, have only manservants. I tend to believe this is true. Continentals are unable to be butlers because they are as a breed incapable of the emotional restraint which only the English race are capable of. Continentals - and by and large the Celts, as you will no doubt agree - are as a rule unable to control themselves in moments of a strong emotion, and are thus unable to maintain a professional demeanour other than in the least challenging of situations. If I may return to my earlier metaphor - you will excuse my putting it so coarsely - they are like a man who will, at the slightest provocation, tear off his suit and his shirt and run about screaming. In a word, “dignity” is beyond such persons. We English have an important advantage over foreigners in this respect and it is for this reason that when you think of a great butler, he is bound, almost by definition, to be an Englishman.”
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