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Same as Ever: A Guide to What Never Changes

Same as Ever is a series of personal vignettes, highlighting a universal principle—risk, fulfillment, the power of stories—that hasn't changed despite the world's constant evolution. There's no central thesis to the book, other than "there's a lot of wisdom out there that is easily missed if you focus on what's happening now". Many of the principles are not quite falsifiable either, with Housel focusing on giving a broad understanding than offering specific tools to predict the future with any reasonable accuracy. It's not quite Malcolm Gladwell levels of hand-waving story telling, but certainly not hyper-tactical.

Overall, it was an enjoyable read, and if you enjoy thinking about timeless wisdom principles, I recommend it.


These are entirely subjective, and roughly try to capture my personal enjoyment and usefulness, and how likely I'd recommend it to others. Don't read too much into this unless you love my judgement. Rough guidelines:

A: Top quartile. Changed the way I think about something.

B: Worthwhile. I took away something useful.

C: Didn't hit, wouldn't directly recommend. Likely won't revisit.

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