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Six Steps to Getting Honest Critical Feedback

I was just listening to the Lifestyle Business Podcast, "Episode 51 - 5 Signs You Might be a Loser" - great podcast. It's an aggressive title, but it's actual a super helpful episode that's not aggressive at all.

One of the topics on there was criticism - Dan and Ian were talking about how it's a sure path to loserdom if you can't take constructive criticism.

I think that's true, but I still try to almost never give negative criticism to anyone, ever.

"As a general rule...people ask for advice only in order not to follow it; or if they do follow it, in order to have someone to blame for giving it." — From Alexandre Dumas's "The Three Musketeers"

I've found the vast majority of people will never take any criticism you give them, will be upset at you for criticizing them, and will dislike you even more if you were right.

Why economics?

On Econoception

They say that in life we are motivated by only two things - we either do things to seek pleasure or to avoid pain. Closely related to these are the values that we live for, which are things like passion, integrity, success, basically what I would call states of emotions that we think are highly important to us because achieving these states will give us utmost personal pleasure.

For me, the desire to study economics has evolved over time. In the beginning I was basically motivated by the desire to score good grades and the challenge it presented. Economics is widely touted as a difficult subject at the A-levels (which I think is a highly limiting belief and not true at all) and so I basically viewed it as a challenge that I have to do well in it. Over time as I got myself deeper and deeper down the rabbit hole, I started to realise just how much I liked the subject for its logic and rationality and how the subject attempts to quantify and explain the complex world that we live in with some basic models and theories. The idea that we could somehow explain the uncertainty of our environment and the development of mankind as a whole seemed highly intriguing to me.

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A chemist, a physicist, and an economist are all trapped on a desert island, trying to figure out how to open a can of food.

“Let’s heat the can over the fire until it explodes,” says the chemist.

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