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Psychology, Money, Smartphones and Society

I have so much on my mind that i don’t know what to say / write.

I think I’ve been neglecting my shower thoughts as the foundations of my blog topics. Almost as much as I’ve been neglecting this blog.


This week I purchased The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel, I’m really enjoying it.

Here are some things I’ve taken from it so far:

  • A genius that loses control of his emotions can be a financial disaster.
  • When patients goes against greed you see the difference.
  • We all think we know how the world works, but we’ve all only experienced a tiny slither of it.
  • Some lessons have to be experienced before they can be understood.
  • Everything worth pursuing has 100% odd of succeeding, and risk is just what happens when you end up on the unfortunate side of that equation.
  • Simple stories are easy but misleading.
  • The line between bold and reckless can be thin.
  • When things are going well, realise things are not as good as you think.
  • Seek the sense of “enough” before seeking more.
  • Happiness is results without expectation.
  • People want to control their lives – that’s true wealth.
  • Reactance > Doing something you love, on a schedule you can’t control making it just as bad as doing something you hate.

And finally an old poem I’d not heard before (which is fantastic by the way):

A wise old owl lived in an oak,
The more he saw the less he spoke,
The less he spoke the more he heard.
Why can’t we all be like that wise old bird?


I also watched this:

It blew my mind.

Having the careerI have and the interests I have on these kinds of things, there was nothing surprisingly new to me in form of information.

What’s going on with smartphones, social media and society / culture is a real bug-bear of mine and I’ve been a prime addict of this stuff myself (as you will see if you’ve read any of my previous posts).

Anyway, the messages and information in this film were articulated so well that it hit me in a way as if I was completely oblivious to what’s going on. Mental.

After watching it I put it to twitter that I wanted to contribute in a way that would do something about this issue:

In response I was provided with a link to great essay about Digital Wellbeing.

It’s by Giorgio Parlato, and it’s about how to turn your smartphone into a beautiful servant rather than a dangerous master.

Now, thanks to all the information he shared, I now have 0 notifications other than text message and phone call. My screen is also black and white… My Samsung A50 might as well be a Nokia 3210.

I’m very happy about this.

Read Giorgio’s Essay here.


Value in this post:

When I started typing, I didn’t have a clue what I was going to write about.

2,529 characters later I feel I’ve shared quite an information rich post.

Next time you feel like you don’t know what to write about. Just write… and remember: House music. All. Night. Long.

Be nice.