Nassim Nicholas Taleb on Learning from History

History is full of randomness. Therefore, we must be aware of noise when finding signals in biographies and historical accounts. Nassim Nicholas Taleb offers a few tips on how to learn from history, including survivorship bias, alternative histories, and ergodicity.

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Writing is still an essential skill for aspiring leaders

In the age of Twitter and short-message texting, writing seems out of date. But by examining four leadership profiles, I argue that writing is essential for aspiring leaders and provide the tips from these leaders on how to improve our writing.

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Grow Your Ambition with Your Capabilities, Not the Other Way Around

Should we conceive a grand ambition and then try to achieve it, or should we cherish the present and grow our ambition as our opportunities grow? A contrast between two U.S. Presidents, John Quincy Adams and Abraham Lincoln, shows us that growing ambition with capabilities, not the other way around, might be better.

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