It would be either Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Nichloas Taleb for its logical acuity or the much cheesier The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey, which is lower on the scale of brilliance, but a better guide for how to live. We’ll leave aside (for now) whether books of these types actually have any effect. I’d suggest checking out the link above, but then I’d lose your attention from this blog…doh. Competing with Covey is like taking on Kobayashi in a hot dog eating contest.
The opportunity to write this short post has given me the opportunity to remind me of habit number 1 – ‘Be Proactive.’ One of the the things that gives me a chuckle (on the inside normally, but occasionally even on the outside) is when I hear people driving themselves crazy over something that is completely out of their control. Whether it is a CEO speculating on and worrying about the state of the economy or a currency move, or it is a friend involving themselves deeply in the question of whether mutual friend, Johnny, should have gone to pick up his girlfriend Susie at the airport, it is an example of dealing in the Circle of Concern at the expense of our Circle of Influence.
Susie will need to decide what her expectations are…the effective person won’t lose any sleep.