The Cook Up 013: Avoiding Stupidity

Mar 11, 2021 4:09 am


Avoiding Stupidity

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I'm so excited to be able to share with you today.

The best thing I published this week: Reciprocity on Social Media.

In the blog post, I examine how reciprocity plays a role on social media. Reciprocity is a powerful force in social psychology. It can help us influence others. Everyone uses reciprocity. Reciprocity happens when someone does something for us, and we feel a sense of duty to do something back.

If you're curious about how reciprocity plays a role on social media, as well as how people cheat on social media by using reciprocity then check it out.

Reciprocity on Social Media

Let me know what you think. Because I feel like this is one of my best articles yet.

This week we're talking about why avoiding stupidity is easier than seeking brilliance, the top 10 job skills for the future, and learning speeds.

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Let's start cooking!

Interesting Reads

Avoiding Stupidity is Easier than Seeking Brilliance

It is remarkable how much long-term advantage people like us have gotten by trying to be consistently not stupid, instead of trying to be very intelligent.

— Charlie Munger

“We often focus on trying to be brilliant, yet many great people get far more mileage out of avoiding making stupid mistakes. Amateurs win the game when their opponent loses points, experts win the game by gaining points.”

“Sometimes amateurs believe they are professionals, but professionals never believe they are amateurs. Professionals know they are not playing the same game as amateurs.”

What Are The Top 10 Job Skills for The Future?

50% of all employees will need reskilling by 2025, as adoption of technology increases, according to the World Economic Forum's Future of Jobs Report.

I recently wrote about why you need to reskill yourself if you want to keep your career. And here is more evidence of the need to reskill, from the World Economic Forum. If you want to stay competitive in the job market you need to reskill. Nowadays that means you taking control of your education and learning yourself.

Nobody is going to care about your future or skills more than you. So if you want to survive you’re going to have to invest in reskilling yourself. That means taking courses on Udemy or signing up for a Bootcamp.

Reskilling is necessary if you're a digital marketer doing SEO or SEM. The need for those skills is slowly declining, and companies are starting to favor people who are competent in data analysis and automation. Altimeter’s 2020 State of Digital Marketing report shows that data analysis(42%) and marketing automation(39%) competence are the most desired skills companies want a digital marketer new hire to have. SEO and SEM skills(12%) are at the bottom.

Learning Speed: What Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, And Bill Gates Know That Most People Don’t

The only way to win is to learn faster than everybody else.

— Eric Ries

“As the world becomes more global and digital, tens of millions of people will realize that they are further behind than they realized and that catching up feels impossible. The solution is to increase your learning speed now and not wait until you are forced to.”


Automate the Boring Stuff with Python Programming

“A practical programming course for office workers, academics, and administrators who want to improve their productivity.”

Tools and Resources

“Discover new interesting things by exploring the space around links.”

Fun Stuff

MyHeritage Deep Nostalgia™

“Animate the faces in your family photos with amazing technology. Experience your family history like never before!”

The Duo Who Documented the Birth of NYC's Subway

“For brothers Pierre and Granville Pullis, photographing the sprawling system was intrepid, precise work—not unlike the construction itself.”

Quote of the Week

Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.

— Marie Curie


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