No good jobs, no good help

Most of you are younger than I am, so you might not have as much personal experience watching job opportunities dry up over time. I think most people are vaguely aware of the trend though, because I’ve seen internet “memes” like “Old Economy Steve/Steven”, which typically claim that the late baby boomers had an easy…

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Our global central planners say these are the skills you need to thrive.

The World Economic Forum works for the globalists to squeeze more flesh and blood out of the human livestock. They organize and communicate ideas for increasing economic output, and find ways of reducing the cost impact of social and demographic changes mandated by their bosses. I’ve discovered that it’s a good idea to listen to what they have to say, because they have the deep pockets and work with the right people to make things happen.

Some of their advice is good, and some of it horrible. My guess is that the better advice is the result of their brainstorming ways to run economies more efficiently, and the bad advice the result of trying to make their boss’es bad ideas work.

Here’s some of the better advice, along with my commentary:

These are the skills you should learn that will pay off forever

Here’s the short list:

Emotional intelligence (EQ): This is a bad name for a combination of good emotional self-management and empathy. Basically, if you manage your own emotions well, so that you have emotions that motivate you instead of causing trouble, that’s good, and if you can help people you work with (especially your boss!) manage their emotions, that’s even better. It’s called “EQ” in comparison to “IQ”, but for anyone of at least average intelligence, it contributes more to career success than IQ. Basically, if you’re smart enough to be competent, this is where the next biggest payoff will be.
Time management: Another misnomer. You can’t really “manage time” aside from allocating it, or wasting it. This is really about scheduling important tasks first, and making sure that your definition of “importance” covers future payoffs. What tends to happen instead is that people fall into habits (eg checking email too often), and work on routine matters instead of what’s really important. Another problem is when people find reasons to work on something other than that unpleasant, but important task.
Listening: The author already brought up the important part: keeping your attention focused on the other person, instead of what you’re going to say next.
Saying No: Oddly enough, sometimes you have to say “no” to avoid disappointing other people! Sometimes this one is hard for men, because saying “no” could be interpreted to mean that you’re lacking power or competence to do the task. Worse, that might even be true! But keeping the commitments you make is a much bigger payoff, and that means that sometimes you have to say “no” to commitments you can’t keep.
Asking for help: This is another hard one for men, because it violates the taboo on male vulnerability. You’re not supposed to let out anything that might be construed as a weakness, like, say, not knowing how to do something, or not being able to manage something alone. Women not only have no trouble with this, they often use it to their advantage (cue woman asking big, strong man to help her open jar as she bats her eyes at him). However, just like saying “no”, it’s a bigger win to keep your commitments, than to not ask for help, and then end up FAILING.
Getting high-quality sleep: This is mostly a matter of knowing when to call it quits for the day, and being able to wind down and clear your mind for the evening. Sounds simple but what most people do is they over-stimulate their brains with television, internet use, or texting late in the evening.
Knowing when to shut up: Judging from the author’s comments, this is about not needing other people to validate you. You can be right, and know you’re right, and not need for anyone else to admit being wrong. Sometimes its a matter of doing the right thing BUT letting other people who are wrong save face.
Taking initiative: This can be tricky on two counts. One is overcoming fear of taking initiative–or in some cases a habit of not taking initiative–if your childhood was over-controlled. Another problem can be when you’re in an over-controlled, bureaucratic work environment (in that case, you might consider finding a different job). One thing that helps is when you take initiative that makes your BOSS look good. Then (s)he’s more likely to back you up.
Staying positive: This can be a tricky one. It doesn’t mean only telling people what they want to hear. It also doesn’t mean being Mr. Optimist and then irritating and frustrating other people when they KNOW that things are going wrong. It means that when things do go wrong, you admit it but don’t catastrophize, don’t complain about it, and don’t blame other people over it. It’s more like “I see there’s a big problem here. I want to help solve it. Let’s figure out what went wrong, and cut our losses.” It’s also staying in a good mood so as to encourage other people who are already feeling under stress. To do this, you need to manage your own reactions to problems.

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A conversation with Naval Ravikant and Ryan Shea

Ryan Shea and Naval Ravikant talk about how blockchain and related algorithms and data structures can take human transactions to the next level by removing the involvement of coercive or dishonest 3rd parties. Naval keeps referring to it as “democratization”, but this is actually better than that.

An analogy would be to language: most of the time, nobody dictates to anyone else what words to use, or what words should mean what, or how they should be pronounced (a dictionary might give a guideline, but it can’t enforce them; variants break out all the time). The language evolves by usage, and everybody uses the language however they see fit. You don’t vote on it, so there is no rule of mob.

Similarly, when your transactions are disintermediated, you allocate the resources you have earned where you think they should go, and everyone else does too. The enforcement of transactions is automated, distributed, irrevocable, and low-cost. You don’t need a man with a gun involved in order to organize groups of people.