Skin in the Game

Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life

Ranked #10 in Business Ethics, Ranked #13 in Probabilitysee more rankings.

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Black Swan, a bold new work that challenges many of our long-held beliefs about risk and reward, politics and religion, finance and personal responsibility

In his most provocative and practical book yet, one of the foremost thinkers of our time redefines what it means to understand the world, succeed in a profession, contribute to a fair and just society, detect nonsense, and influence others. Citing examples ranging from Hammurabi to Seneca, Antaeus the Giant to Donald Trump, Nassim Nicholas Taleb shows how the willingness to...

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Daniel Kahneman Nobel Prize Winner, AuthorChanged my view of how the world works. (Source)

Ben Horowitz Co-founder/Andreessen HorowitzA book about the dynamics of how large-scale, highly random systems behave. (Source)

Marc Andreessen Co-Founder/Andreessen HorowitzSkin in the game as conflict of interest, or as attaching one's livelihood to one's speech? Who to listen to, and why. Ideal counterpart to Philip Tetlock's Expert Political Judgment. (Source)

James Altucher Founder/StockPickrThe idea: if you have “skin in the game” on major life decisions (and even smaller ones), that means you take both risk and reward on your decisions. You’ll do more research, you’ll take better care of yourself to have the energy to make good decisions and be creative, and ultimately you will live a more real and brave life. The title alone is worth it. And the rest of the book is a good read. (Source)

Keith Rabois @conorsen Lol. The Skin in the Game book is quite powerful, albeit often redundant. (Source)

Ola Brown (Orekunrin) Nassim Nicholas Taleb's book skin in the game is basically an evidence based thesis on the above challenge. His most interesting quote from the book on this topic is: "Avoid taking advice from someone who gives advice for a living, unless there is a penalty for their advice" (Source)

Sahil Lavingia Skin in the Game by @nntaleb is the non-fiction book I've read recently that has stuck with me the most. This is a thread of my highlights, with no additional commentary. If they're interesting, I recommend reading the book. (Source)

Anant Jain The five-book series, "Incerto", by Nassim Nicholas Taleb has had a profound impact on how I think about the world. There’s some overlap across the books — but you'll likely find the repetition helpful in retaining the content better. (Source)

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