I’ve been waiting 3 and a half years to post this particular story because it’s one that is dear to me. Originally I had posted this back in April, but due to the privacy laws here in UT that protect children who are in states custody, I was asked to take it down
Until today. But before I continue, I want to start from the beginning:
March 2012: My wife and I had met in Arizona while she was attending Arizona State University and I was playing football for Mesa Community College.
Pieter Levels ✨@levelsio
The five cognitive distortions of people who get things done:
🏆 Personal exceptionalism
🏁 Black and white thinking
🙌 Correct overgeneralization
🖼 Blank canvas thinking
A thread 👇
🏆 Personal exceptionalism: a macro sense that you are in the top of your cohort, your work is snowflake-special
Benefit: resilience, stamina, charisma
Risk: assuming macro-exceptionalism means micro-exceptionalism
When I was 30, I moved to SF to pursue my dream. It was, for a year. But then I was denied a visa to continue work. My world was shattered, and I decided to travel. I wasn’t going to let that decide what I should do with my life. I wrote a book. Thread.
I didn’t expect much. Never wrote anything more than a 5-min article. But it did so well that it allowed to travel for 2 years. At the end of that long journey, we wanted to start a family. We were then blessed with a baby boy, so we settled back in Canada, near Montreal.
1) Recently finished @nntaleb’s Skin in the Game. Like others (@naval) who have had their worldviews shifted by Taleb’s writings on probability, randomness, and society in general, SITG changed how I think about numerous parts of the economy and society. Some takeaways:
2) The Great Recession was caused by lack of SITG. In his irreverent style, Taleb describes the “Bob Rubin Trade” - former US Secretary Treasury making $120M+ at Citi over the 10 years up to ’08 then bailing the bank out after the crash, transferring risk to taxpayers: no SITG
Nafisa / amaliah.com@Nafisa_Bakkar
So something happened today which we are really shocked about and I need to address it with the wider community because you need to know this behaviour is not okay. Today we held our first meet up for Muslim women at @Amaliah_Tweets. A safe space that we do not often get.
This was a sisters only event - which was in the event description. We had a Muslim man turn up. My initial thought was okay fine we have an ally amongst us - let me welcome him in rather than turn him away. We welcomed him in to have brunch with us and even take part