Book: Quotes from Skin In The Game that warrants more thought

I’m coming to the end of the book “Skin In The Game”.  It’s not an easy book to read but I find the author is able  to make some arguments that are not mainstream but very convincingly.

Page :217 “you will not have an idea about what people really think, what predicts people’s action, merely by asking them — they themselves don’t necessarily know. What matters, in the end, is what they pay for goods, not what they say they “think” about them, or the various possible reasons they give you or themselves for that.”

Also on page 217: “”This is why I have been against the state dictating to us what we “should” be doing: only evolution knows if the “Wrong” thing is really wrong, provided there is skin in the game to allow for selection”

Also on page 217: “Recall that skin in the game means that you do not pay attention to what people say, only to what they do, and to how much of their necks  they are putting on the line. Let survival work it’s wonders.”

Page 218 “To repeat, we do not have enough grounds to discuss “irrational beliefs.”  We do with irrational actions”

So much good quotes: page 219: “There is a difference between beliefs that are decorative and different sorts of beliefs, those that map to action”

Also. On Page 219 “How much you truly “believe” kin something can be manifested only through what you are willing to risk for i”

Page 221″ “Rationality does not depend on explicit verbals tic explanatory factors; it is only what AIDS survival, what avoids ruin.”

Page 221: “Not everything that happens happens for a reason, but everything that survives survives for a reason”

Tony Tam (Li Zhi)

Senior Principal Engineer @ Splunk, ImpactfulEngineer.org & SFBadminton.org