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40 Life Lessons from 40 Years

I love a good “X Lessons from X Years” post and was a fan of this one:

40 Life Lessons from 40 Years [The Minimalists] – “1. Letting go is not something you do. It is something you stop doing. You stop pretending every thing is precious. You stop clinging to material possessions and toxic relationships. You stop acting like busy is a good thing. You stop posturing as if achievements make you, you. If you let go of the thing but not the attachment, you will get dragged.” That’s just the first lesson – they get better and better!

(#29 is a powerful one and #39 is probably the most important one)

A Scheme to Blow Up the Housing Market Backfired Spectacularly at the Supreme Court [Slate] – “In 2016, a group of wealthy investors hatched a lawsuit to dislodge $124 billion from the United States treasury and transfer a chunk of the money to their own pockets. The investors attacked the Federal Housing Finance Agency, a powerful executive agency that regulates Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Their plan was to force a settlement that would enrich shareholders by transferring billions of dollars back to the mortgage giants and release them from government control. … It is difficult to overstate how badly this scheme backfired.” hahahah, law is complicated. 🙂

Google will show employees how their pay may change if they move offices [CNET] – “Google on Tuesday rolled out a tool for its employees to request office changes or apply to become fully remote workers, as companies around the world look to a post-pandemic work environment and try to figure out the logistics of managing a more sprawling work force.”

No one likes to take a pay cut but if your employer made it crystal clear that your compensation would be adjusted based on your location, I think it’s fair. If you want to work remotely, you can and you will know exactly what you will be paid. No one is making you move so this seems like the best approach, from all the ones I’ve seen.

Americans are quitting their jobs in droves [The Economist] – “Beware the simple solution to a complex problem. In recent weeks at least 25 states, all with Republican governors, have cut off federal unemployment benefits. This is in spite of the fact that the programmes in question are fully funded to early September and cost the states nothing. Kim Reynolds, Iowa’s governor, blamed the payments for “discouraging people from returning to work”. In fact, argues a report from Morgan Stanley, a bank, it is likely that those benefits are “no more of a factor than other impediments” that stymie the return of workers to their old jobs. Child care is harder to come by than before the pandemic, and employees with health concerns may remain wary about returning to full-time in-person work.”

Have a great weekend!