Summary of “How Schwarzman Leveraged Wall Street’s Most Turbulent Decade”

There’s a complete dichotomy between the people who give us $367 billion , who are quite confident of what those results will be, and the public investors, who represent probably $17 billion, roughly half our market cap.
The system we designed, of being able to see across asset classes and controlling risk, informed us where we should be and not be, which enabled us to grow very large-scale businesses with a small number of people.
These are remarkably talented people, each of them running businesses worth somewhere around $100 billion.
That’s a noteworthy moment in Blackstone’s history, in part because we don’t see people come in at that senior of a level very often in the alternatives space.
“Who are these people, and where do they work?” He said, “Well, they don’t have jobs.” I said, “That’s interesting. I assume they’re very rich if they can write a check this big.” He said, “No, they’re not rich at all.” “So,” I said, “They’re unemployed nonrich people who want to give us $3 billion?” He said, “Yes, that’s right.” I asked, “Is there some reason you called me with this?” And he said, “Because they want to invest $3 billion.” I said, “Not to be forward, but where are they going to get $3 billion, and what did these people used to do?”.
“We were rejected 16 times out of 17. People were looking at me, saying, ‘You are really a loser'”.
If you weren’t a little more mellow as a result of having all of these remarkable people and great processes at a global brand where people really want to do business with us-I mean, when we started, we were rejected 16 times out of 17.
People were looking at me, saying, “You are really a loser.” Maybe I’m more mellow, but there are times-and people around here can attest to it-when I am decidedly unmellow.

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Summary of “Win or Lose, LeBron Stays the King”

Here is a big, and maybe even controversial question: Do these Finals even matter for LeBron James? More accurately: Do these Finals even matter to the way that we process the idea of LeBron James?
In the long term I suspect that the answer is no, these Finals do not matter for LeBron James.
Let me state it more plainly: LeBron James is the most important person in the Finals.
“Jordan never breathed life into an 0-2 corpse in the Finals before,” they would say, and before they could finish saying the other side would yell, “JORDAN WAS NEVER DOWN 2-0 IN AN NBA FINALS AND IN FACT, GUESS WHAT? JORDAN NEVER EVEN PLAYED IN A FINALS GAME 7, SO DO SOME RESEARCH, YOU STUPID IDIOT,” because that is the only hurdle LeBron has left to clear: being better than Michael Jordan.
Then LeBron went atomic, putting up 41-16-7 in Game 5 in Oakland and 41-8-11 in Game 6 in Cleveland, then finishing the series with a triple-double in Game 7, which was highlighted by the single greatest and most important and most impactful and most impossible and most unbelievable block ever in an NBA Finals.
Wouldn’t LeBron getting swept for a second time in the Finals be a truly devastating blow? What other all-time great player has that ever happened to twice?
If that’s the angle you’re arguing from, then how could you ever say that getting swept in a Finals is a bigger black mark than not even getting to a Finals, or broader still, that going 3-for-8 in the Finals is a lesser accomplishment than going 3-for-3 in the Finals, or even 3-for-5 in the Finals, or even 3-for-7 in the Finals? It should be mentioned here that no player in the post-merger top-10 conversation has been to seven straight Finals like LeBron has.
Because LeBron James is the most important person in the Finals.

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Summary of “Troy Hunt: Reckon you’ve seen some stupid security things? Here, hold my beer…”

No really, I’ve seen some very stupid security stuff out there the likes of which make the above example not just believable, but likely.
You know what they really need here? Security questions…. Security questions.
This is one of the worst security questions I’ve seen.
A security question on a website I was just on: “What is the name of your grandmother’s dog?”.
Because security questions are nuts! I mean those ones are extra nuts but in general the whole idea of taking either immutable pieces of data like your mother’s maiden name or enumerable questions like the make of your first car or transient ones like your favourite movie… just the idea of security questions deserves a place in this post! Let’s try something more sane…. Logon.
I’ve seen worse…. Physical security.
What is this stupid security thing? Well imagine this: you go to Strawberrynet and chuck some tonifying lotion or dry teasing dust or other thing I have little concept of into your cart then hit the checkout button.
Using your e-mail address as your password is sufficient security.

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Summary of “Are You Exceptionally Likable? 9 Reasons People Decide They Like You”

If that’s not reason enough to be likable, we tend to do business and build professional and relationships with people we like.
We’re instinctively drawn to people who are modest, agreeable, polite, kind… in short, to people who are genuinely likable.
How do people decide whether they like you, especially once they’ve gotten to know you a little better?
The answer often lies in what likable people don’t do.
People who try to control other people – to tell them what they should do, what they should think, what they should feel – they’ve decided that their goals, their dreams, or even just their opinions are more important than everyone else’s.
Appreciate the differences instead of the shortcomings and you’ll see people – and yourself – in a better light.
The higher you rise and the more you accomplish, the more likely you are to think you know everything – and to tell people everything you think you know.
Want to be instantly likable? Be the person who has accomplished really cool things…but manages to make other people feel like they are the ones who have accomplished really cool things.

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Summary of “This 10-Minute Routine Will Increase Your Clarity And Creativity”

“Your subconscious mind works continuously, while you are awake, and while you sleep.” - Napoleon Hill.Your subconscious never rests and is always on duty because it controls yourheartbeat, blood circulation, and digestion.
Your goal is to direct your subconscious mind to create the outcomes you seek.
You want to tap into your subconscious mind to unlock connections and solutions to your problems and projects.
It’s common practice for many of the world’s most successful people to intentionally direct the workings of their subconscious mind while they’re sleeping.
While you’re sleeping, your subconscious mind will get to work on those things.
Your subconscious mind has been loosely mind-wandering while you slept, making contextual and temporal connections.
In a recent interview with Tim Ferriss, Josh Waitzkin, former chess prodigy and tai chi world champion, explains his morning routine to tap into the subconscious breakthroughs and connections experienced while he was sleeping.
Now, first thing in the morning, when your creative brain is most attuned, after its subconscious workout while you slept, start writing down whatever comes to mind about those things.

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Summary of “The machine is learning”

All of the updates to the Google Assistant announced today at Google I/O are just hints.
Instead of trying to rush out big promises about the future, Google’s relentless machine is taking a surprisingly measured approach to building the Assistant, betting that AI will slowly overtake everything over time instead of falling into place all at once.
The Google Assistant is meant to someday supplant the icons and text boxes and swipes you currently use, but the AI and machine learning behind it are going to do more than just give you answers: they’re going to participate in the interface itself.
So why would you use the Google Assistant instead of Siri? Mostly because you’re already a heavy Google user.
If you already use Gmail and Google Calendar and even Google Home, the Assistant on the iPhone is automatically tied into that whole ecosystem.
Rather than ask everybody to make a custom “Skill” like Amazon does with Alexa, Google is hoping its Assistant can figure it out using Google’s own ranking algorithms and what it knows about you.
The Google Home may also tell users that more information about a given topic is available in the Google Home app on the phone.
If Google releases enough Google Assistant features it might make it good enough for you to keep using it, even if it doesn’t realize its total potential for a long time to come.

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Summary of “deadspin-quote-carrot-aligned-w-bgr-2”

It’s not as colorful or Insta-friendly as the Bullet Journal, and although various apps have claimed to “Work with GTD,” they’ve all fallen slightly short-because, at its core, GTD is analog.
It’s a system that works less well if you let Gmail automatically sort your email into categories, or if you let an app scan your docs to pull out to-dos or calendar items, since the whole point of GTD is that you are actively tracking and collecting every task, responsibility, or concern that comes your way.
Getting Things Done, or GTD, is a system for getting organized and staying productive.
I can’t remember whether I read Gina Trapani’s Lifehacker post on “Simplified GTD” before or after I discovered Merlin Mann’s 43 Folders, but a lot of people were talking about GTD back in 2007, and since I had just started at the first office job that required me to take on responsibilities beyond “Answer the phones,” I was ready for it.
GTD works because it allows you to funnel all of your outstanding responsibilities into one place.
I’ve tried a number of productivity apps and systems since starting GTD. I downloaded and deleted Remember the Milk more than once; it was good, but I could track and organize tasks much more quickly on my spreadsheet.
For a while I tried offloading projects to a Kanban Chart, and while it was fun to move sticky notes around, I was just recreating data that I already had in my master GTD list-and I didn’t need two lists.
I’ve been practicing GTD for roughly ten years now.

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Summary of “deadspin-quote-carrot-aligned-w-bgr-2”

It’s not as colorful or Insta-friendly as the Bullet Journal, and although various apps have claimed to “Work with GTD,” they’ve all fallen slightly short-because, at its core, GTD is analog.
It’s a system that works less well if you let Gmail automatically sort your email into categories, or if you let an app scan your docs to pull out to-dos or calendar items, since the whole point of GTD is that you are actively tracking and collecting every task, responsibility, or concern that comes your way.
Getting Things Done, or GTD, is a system for getting organized and staying productive.
I can’t remember whether I read Gina Trapani’s Lifehacker post on “Simplified GTD” before or after I discovered Merlin Mann’s 43 Folders, but a lot of people were talking about GTD back in 2007, and since I had just started at the first office job that required me to take on responsibilities beyond “Answer the phones,” I was ready for it.
GTD works because it allows you to funnel all of your outstanding responsibilities into one place.
I’ve tried a number of productivity apps and systems since starting GTD. I downloaded and deleted Remember the Milk more than once; it was good, but I could track and organize tasks much more quickly on my spreadsheet.
For a while I tried offloading projects to a Kanban Chart, and while it was fun to move sticky notes around, I was just recreating data that I already had in my master GTD list-and I didn’t need two lists.
I’ve been practicing GTD for roughly ten years now.

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Summary of “How to be happy: Stop being positive and just cultivate neutrality”

You’ve likely been asked how you see the proverbial glass: half full or half empty? Your answer allegedly reflects your attitude about life-if you see it half full, you’re optimistic, and if you see it half empty, you’re pessimistic.
Thus, the good answer is to see the glass half full.
Actually, the glass isn’t half full or half empty.
Things aren’t mutually exclusive, awesome or awful.
This provides clarity and eliminates obstacles, making things neither awesome nor awful but cool.
We identify with our thoughts, and decide whether or not we like things before experience begins.
Things can go just so or totally awry once you understand that all things are fine, their upsides and downsides to be determined.
That perspective provides resilience, the ability to keep going instead of getting stuck imaging how things could or should be or will be when things go some other way.
Plus, everything is relative and shifting, In an uncertain world with so many forces at play, the only thing that’s sure is that things could be different and won’t stay the same.
You may as well stay neutral in that case, rather than get attached to a temporary state in which the glass is half full or half empty.

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Summary of “Making a Marriage Magically Tidy”

A year into our marriage, my husband said: “Would you mind keeping the dining room table clean? It’s the first thing I see when I come home.”
To keep my buzz going, I asked my husband if I could clean his closet.
My husband played hopscotch, never uttering a word of contempt, seemingly O.K. to coast on the memory of a pristine home as if it had been a once-in-a-lifetime bucket-list thrill like white-water rafting or winning a Pulitzer.
I scared myself straight by binge-watching “Hoarders.” What do you mean that woman couldn’t claw her way through her grocery bag “Collection” to give her husband CPR? That was not going to happen to me.
My husband confessed that his inheritance of Greek doilies and paintings of fishing boats from his grandmother did not spark joy.
The downside is that my husband has created a monster.
Without hesitation, my husband will always choose the apartment.
My husband says, “You’re like a dominatrix Donna Reed.”.
In our 21 years together, my husband’s nature hasn’t changed.
Because now, when my husband comes home, the first thing he sees is me.

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