It's a good video, I recommend it.
I'd go a step further than the economist there - I recommend you completely ditch the word "fair" from your vocabulary. As in, remove "I only do fair deals" or "This is unfair" or "I try to be fair."
The problem with the word fair is it's completely subjective and almost never adds valuable information to conversation. It's a hazy word that gets in the way of constructive discussion.
Thankfully, it's easy to replace it with more precise phrasings - you could replace "I only do fair deals" (which is meaningless) with "I only do deals that I'd be happy to take the deal from the other side" - which is much more clear about how you evaluate what's "fair" or not.
You can replace "This is unfair" with something more constructive - like, "I'm underpaid relative to people who produce less than me who also have less seniority - I'm going to draw up a proposal for my boss to give me a raise and also for me to produce even more."
See that? That's constructive problem solving, instead of just complaining.
And "I try to be fair" - just scrap that. What's fair? Fair is subjective, and adds no valuable information.
Fair/unfair seems to be more about trying to get knee-jerk emotional reactions instead of doing clear thinking and finding solutions. It's more about trying to rally a crowd instead of fix and improve things. That might be fine for demagogues, but I'd encourage you to clearer thinking - whatever your complaint or position is, there's a way to phrase it while adding more precise and less subjective information. Lay your case out - fair/unfair is subjective and pretty useless for constructive discussion.
The largest mental gains I made in the shortest period of time were from studying rationality.
I was amazed to discover a couple years ago that there were people who regularly studied and discussed how to think, how to get correct and accurate beliefs about how the world works, how to understand how your mind works, and to get at the real reasons people make decisions.
The whole rationality thing is as addictive as crack-cocaine for me. I love it. The difference from crack, though, is you grow stronger and smarter the more you dive in.
Our minds are funny. We humans, we're "adaptation exercisers, not fitness maximizers" -
Fifty thousand years ago, the taste buds of Homo sapiens directed their bearers to the scarcest, most critical food resources - sugar and fat. Calories, in a word. Today, the context of a taste bud's function has changed, but the taste buds themselves have not. Calories, far from being scarce (in First World countries), are actively harmful. Micronutrients that were reliably abundant in leaves and nuts are absent from bread, but our taste buds don't complain. A scoop of ice cream is a superstimulus, containing more sugar, fat, and salt than anything in the ancestral environment.
A common question, indeed - "I don't know what I'm doing with my life, can you advise something?"
Well, perhaps I can. I got a nice email from a reader, and I wrote a long reply. If you're in a hurry, skim down to "Okay. So here’s my thoughts" which is where the pragmatic guidelines start - I'll bold it so you can start there, if you like.
First, I'd like to say that I've really enjoyed reading your blog. It has so much insightful and enlightening material that I've gone back to reread and try to really absorb some of the ideas you have. I've been meaning to contact you but I felt a bit intimidated, to be honest. I'd really like to hear your advice.
I'm about a year removed from high school, attending community college and I've just been floating around, doing general education courses and I've yet to really decide on a major. I don't really have any particular talents or strong interests in one field or another.