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Peter Koehler

How to Master the Art of the Aggressive Follow Up In Five Simple Steps

My first job out of school was on a political campaign. 

I always recommend campaigns to soon-to-be graduates because you quickly learn a bunch of general skills which are valuable and relevant across sectors. So even if you don't end up in politics, you will acquire skills which you can put to . . .

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December 04, 2016

How to Calculate the True Cost of Home Ownership

(downloadable financial model included)

[Note: Scroll to the bottom of the post at anytime to download the calculator]

A house is the biggest purchase that many of us will ever make. 

Yet far too many people spend disturbingly little time running the numbers on what they can afford.

People will literally spend more time agonizing over whether to spend an extra . . .

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November 28, 2016

The Defiant Power of the Human Spirit

A Post-Election Reflection On Moving Forward

Preface

I almost didn’t post this.

Since the election, I’ve found myself writing down some reflections, in an attempt to clear my mind and gain perspective.

Mostly it has been a personal exercise, but I thought perhaps I could stitch together my disparate thoughts into something worth sharing.

But by the time I cobbled together . . .

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November 23, 2016

Why You Should Dump Out Your Hot Coffee

A quick example of sunk costs:

Keeley and I just stopped at coffee shop, and she bought a coffee to go. Three minutes after we left, she had taken just two sips, and dumped it out.

"I realize I don't want this anymore."

She recognized that the $2.50 she paid for the coffee was a sunk cost. 

She paid for it in the past, . . .

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November 19, 2016

What Nature Demands

You don't love yourself enough or you'd love your nature too and what it demands of you.

- Marcus Aurelius, Meditations 5.1

Our nature demands that we get out of bed in the morning.

Our nature demands that we exert our bodies.

Our nature demands that we tackle hard challenges.

Our nature demands that we do our work, and . . .

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October 26, 2016

We Gather Strength as We Go

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Every runner knows the feeling of finding her second wind.

It's a magic sort of strength that allows her to run better, with less effort, than before.

But the second wind doesn't appear of its own accord. The runner must earn it.

For before the runner earns her second wind, every part of her is telling her to . . .

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September 25, 2016

Your Political Donation is Zero Sum

How to think about maximizing impact when donating politically

It's election season, which means there's a good chance you've been asked for money. Or maybe you've been invited to a fundraiser or a phone bank.

Perhaps you've even given money to a candidate or a cause while attending a fundraiser, or after receiving an email with an irresistible pitch.

During this season, I think it's important . . .

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September 22, 2016

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