As much of a New Year’s ritual as belting out “Auld Lang Syne,” every magazine, newspaper, and most of the online publications known to man put together their “year in review” and their “new year prediction” editions. What a fucking waste of human energy.

This has been one of my pet peeves for 20+ years. For a while I managed to ignore them completely. At some point I started getting asked for my predictions and succumbed to my ego for a few years and participated in the prediction folly. At some point I realized that there was zero correlation between my predictions and reality and that by participating, I was merely helping perpetuate this silliness.


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As much of a New Year’s ritual as belting out “Auld Lang Syne,” every magazine, newspaper, and most of the online publications known to man put together their “year in review” and their “new year prediction” editions. What a fucking waste of human energy.

This has been one of my pet peeves for 20+ years. For a while I managed to ignore them completely. At some point I started getting asked for my predictions and succumbed to my ego for a few years and participated in the prediction folly. At some point I realized that there was zero correlation between my predictions and reality and that by participating, I was merely helping perpetuate this silliness.

The energy that goes into the “year in review” and “prediction” stuff seems to be significantly greater in “extreme” (both good and bad) times. The prognostications become stronger and bolder. The analysis by hindsight intensifies. It doesn’t benefit anybody.

Find a dharma that fits your karma (more on that when I review Strategic Intuition: The Creative Spark in Human Achievement from Columbia Business School, written by Bill Duggan. You get a finite number of years on this planet — make the most of all of them, no matter what is going on around you.

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