Much of What You’re Going to Do or Say Today is Not Essential

If we can’t work smarter, we resort to working harder. We cut out lunch, skip the gym, and run from one meeting to another so we can fit more in. Being busy seems to matter more than getting stuff done.

If you can relate to the above, then please read the article on cutting out what is not necessary. You will be relieved and encouraged by the effect.  3min read

The Work Required to Have an Opinion

The work is the hard part, that’s why people avoid it. You have to do the reading. You have to talk to competent people and understand their arguments. You have to think about the key variables and how they interact over time. You have to listen and chase down arguments that run counter to your views. You have to think about how you might be fooling yourself. You have to see the issue from multiple perspectives. You have to think. You need to become your most intelligent critic and have the intellectual honesty to kill some of your best-loved ideas.

This is the best form of hard work! 4min read. It reminds of a previous “tiny thought” from Shane Parish below:

There are different types of hard work:

  1. Outthinking (a better strategy, a shortcut)
  2. Pure Effort (working longer, intensity)
  3. Opportunistic (positioning yourself to take advantage of change)
  4. Consistency (doing average things for longer)
  5. Focus (saying no to distractions)

Each of these requires a different type of hard work.


S2E12: Explaining – Vac Work, Immersive Learning and WBL

Soshan Soobramoney, the Head of Actuarial Science at UJ, discusses his career as well as his approach to actuarial education.

44min interview

S2E19: Expanding – Auditing, Reserving and IFRS17

Renaldo De Gouveia, Liberty Group SA’s Lead IFRS17 Specialist, explains the need for reserving and the role of regulation in this space.

44min interview