Subtraits of reliability

In order to thrive in the real world you need to be 1. smart, 2. tough, and 3. reliable. People in this sphere do well enough in the first trait, we’re passable in the second, and we are miserable failures in the latter. So we need to fix that because you can’t be an irascible, purity-spiraling hermit and also financially stable with an LTR and a baby. Reliability CAN be improved if we set our minds to it, because the Koojie Mans said conscientiousness is trainable, unlike g or (possibly) associative horizon. Therefore, I’ve broken reliability down into subtraits for your convenience.

Reliability is a measure of how leaky of an abstraction you are in your job function. If people can trust you to listen, communicate problems, and get your action items done without being micromanaged, then you are a good abstraction. If you don’t respond quickly to e-mails or you don’t follow-up on your tasks, then you cannot be trusted to work on important projects because you are undependable. Reliability has two primary components, responsibility (extraverted conscientiousness) and discipline (introverted conscientiousness). A responsible person is able to anticipate expectations, whether they are written down or unspoken, and can prioritize them according to what their customers, company and boss actually want done (vs. low-value time sinks, “it would be nice if…”). A disciplined person is able to continue working on something that needs to get done in the absence of motivation and micromanagement.

Responsibility can be further broken down into responsiveness, perceptiveness, conformity, and social skills. The times being what they are, responsiveness is now the most important of these because God forbid anyone wait an hour for a response to an e-mail. No one will come straight out and tell you this, but the standard expectation nowadays is to pick up the phone within two rings and a response to every e-mail within ten minutes. In both cases it’s acceptable to send a quick message back saying “I’ve seen this and will respond at such-and-such time,” but it’s a gross violation of expectations to spend a few hours working on a substantive reply and then send it back the next day. They’ll have taken alternative measures by then under the assumption that you were incompetent or purposefully ignoring them. This means you need to have a smartphone and get used to checking your e-mail and texts on it constantly. (The tips and tricks required to meet this expectation may deserve its own post.) Perceptiveness here means knowing what people’s expectations are (i.e. be red-pilled but don’t be a buzzkill), conformity means working to live up to and please those expectations, and social skills is its own topic with its own literature.

Discipline requires high mental energy, dedication to the greater project, personal organization, and low time-preference. Mental can be improved with diet and cardio and the others don’t need further explanation. So to conclude:

Reliability

  • Responsibility
    • Responsiveness
    • Perceptiveness
    • Conformity
    • Social skills
  • Discipline
    • Mental energy
    • Dedication
    • Personal organization
    • Low time preference

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48 Responses to Subtraits of reliability

  1. /// says:

    Mega Post Incoming!
    Great timing! Just completed the last book on FOCUS for FF I had in the stack:
    https://fightfailure.wordpress.com/2017/10/26/deep-work/
    There have been many others:
    https://fightfailure.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/eat-that-frog/
    https://fightfailure.wordpress.com/2017/10/07/the-war-of-art/
    https://fightfailure.wordpress.com/2017/09/21/peak/
    https://fightfailure.wordpress.com/2017/07/14/the-one-thing-in-depth-review/
    https://fightfailure.wordpress.com/2017/10/12/essentialism/
    https://fightfailure.wordpress.com/2017/06/28/flow/
    Plus all the Trump stuff.
    I cant say too much yet about social skills and other aspects of responsibility (Besides my personal opinion that it is bad strategy to go with being on-call every moment. Because of hierarchical implications of being the “shitbitch” or just because being someone who doesn’t set boundaries never works out).

    When it comes to giving advice on getting shit done here’s what I know.
    1. No Distractions
    2. No multitasking
    3. Clear set routines that you do not deviate from.
    4. Defining clearly what is most important to get done and starting immediately on the most important, most difficult task. Then move to 2nd, third, 4th.
    Start on your most important task as soon in the day as possible.
    5. Eliminate chaos, not just distractions, from surroundings.
    6. Give full attention and maximum effort.
    7. Break a task into subtasks. Creates a series of small wins that flood your brain with dopamine and testosterone leading to the Winner Effect and MOMENTUM!
    8. Focus on one thing until it is completed totally, do not start-stop.
    9. Decide what you are NOT going to do. That unimportant shit work. Maybe even ask boss about transferring these tasks to someone else because you want to focus on what makes your boss the most money (Be a productivity machine first, build your value)
    10. 9 hours of sleep no excuses.
    11. Why are you on the pay-roll? Use this to determine your first task.
    12. Makes sure to plan out your tasks and what is most important to get done first.
    13. Eat good carbs- bananas- to replenish willpower. Also B VITAMINS every few hours if you are going 120%. Will kill cortisol. Make sure you have good diet and sleep and exercise to kill cytokines and inflammation. Good diet info here: https://fightfailure.wordpress.com/2017/10/07/terrific-total-health-advice-from-dr-rhonda-patrick-phd/
    14. Give yourself permission to say no to unimportant tasks and requests from others.
    15. Make doing your most important tasks as straightforward as possible. Eliminate bottlenecks!
    16. Do not let ppl make their problems your problems
    17. Know as much about what you are doing as you can. Audiobooks in car!
    18. Cut out as much useless stress as you can. This includes the art and music you intake.
    19. Work right at the edge of your ability.
    20. What you focus on and what you ignore defines the quality of your life
    Could keep ranting but that’s most of it.
    IMO, it all comes down to maintenance of momentum. Once you get started and that dopamine is flowing DO NOT get distracted, aim to reach flow state, and get everything done so fast and so well you get more satisfaction out of work then taking it easy!!!

  2. Koanic says:

    Hey! Just reaching out to quickly touch base and FYI that I will not be responding to this post. Feel free to delete this.

    If you don’t do so immediately, our friendship is over. Fine, if that’s how it’s going to be, I’m quitting the Internet. You’ll be sorry, you treacherous backstabber. I can’t believe I can still read this paragraph I’m typing, you lazy bloated sloth-demon. I’m just glad I spotted your character from the very beginning. Otherwise I might’ve trusted you with literally hundreds of edgy comments and my real identity. WHY WON’T YOU DO ME A FAVOR IMMEDIATELY. You are depriving millions of my advice on how to be mature and get along with people.

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      Inappropriate timing on that criticism.

    • bicebicebice says:

      All out of character comments remind me of pasta which are usually funny so I giggled at this post. Pro Tip;

      it is better to be reliably unreliable than predictively unpredictable. Koanics comment was thus appropriately inappropriate. Just 🐝 yourself.

      • Boneflour says:

        Consistency has a quality all its own.

        • bicebicebice says:

          Consistency is the same thing as inconsistency, and that is the ingenious quality of sistenence. While something happens you wait for nothing to happen again, and when nothing happens you wait for something to happen again!

          Only dead objects can be truly consistent. Think about it.

  3. Pseudorandom Bypasser says:

    (Not by me.)

  4. Textbook OCEAN conscientiousness is made up of two “aspects”: orderliness and industriousness. Maps to your extravert/introvert conscientiousnesses?

    Wiki:

    “Recently, conscientiousness has been broken down, further, into two “aspects”: orderliness and industrious, the former which is associated with the desire to keep things organized and tidy and the latter which is associated more closely with productivity and work ethic.[7] Conscientiousness, along with (lower) openness, is also one of the trait markers of political conservatism.[8]”

    Peterson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGxQaHtN6i8

  5. Your time is probably better spent organizing things elsewhere. Focus on mission == getting people who want to win in shape to win, collecting info for GUToW. Anything else that’s included in the mission, that I missed?

  6. Akuma says:

    Aeoli your blog blocked my rather remarkable comment on this post about this phenomenon. It’s mainly because of the smart phones and facebook. Your standard normie doesn’t need these things. All it does is cause their dopamine receptors to expect everything right now. They are extremely impatient.

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      Can’t find anything in spam. I deleted one comment of yours but it wasn’t about dopamine.

      • Akuma says:

        “The times being what they are, responsiveness is now the most important of these because God forbid anyone wait an hour for a response to an e-mail.”

        Standard SMTP processing time is 5 minutes. 20-30 minutes if a rather large attachment has to go through a third party Attachment Defense system. Sometimes the idiot never checked his spam. You then get blamed for it going to spam rather than the dumbasses who don’t understand complexity.

        “They’ll have taken alternative measures by then under the assumption that you were incompetent or purposefully ignoring them.”

        Gamma to the bone right there. Again you were in the bathroom, spam ate it, or the network went down. This is why no one likes anyone that does serious IT work. Some issues take upwards of an hour to find a solution (sometimes longer) or logs take days (literally) to search through. I once had to run a log search that was going to take 30 days to find the info. The technicians response “We know, but the CEO doesn’t understand”.

        In times of past you had to wait for the letter to reach its destination and then wait for the response. While the letter was in transit you had far longer to complete your research and training before action was taken. Today action needs to be taken right now because of smart phones. There are also serious health effects from mobile phones and it has nothing to do with cancer, and is more non-monotonic. I wish there was a word for this. Disruption does not do it justice. Anti-absorption. Flow in Flux. A normie will never understand this. They want it right now, always and forever.

        Perfect example when your 30 seconds late because of a traffic accident:

        “You need to call us if your gonna be late”
        “If I called you I’d be 2 minutes late instead of 30 seconds, and the police officer would have pulled me over for chatting on my smart phone”
        “You are argumentative, bitching and incompotent”

        In my opinion computers and laptops are great when connected to ethernet. Networked into the grid essentially. Cellphones not so much because it allows the grid to be anywhere and has very dangerous health effects. WiFi will be great once the health effects are worked out and you can use devices around a central hub. Point to Point satellite communications is great as well.

        Essentially what we’ve lost is long periods where the brain was away from interaction and fully absorbed into reality (i.e. long walks, horse rides, carriage rides, forays into the woods etc.). These probably caused the human brain to drop into spontaneous meditation. I suspect too that the reason for the large number of Gammas is an interplay of the aformentioned.

        Another example:
        “Your phone didn’t ring you need a new service provider”
        “No the reception always goes out in that location when the weather is cold”
        “You are incompetent and don’t know how to use a cell phone”

        • Akuma says:

          “WiFi will be great once the health effects are worked out and you can use devices around a central hub. Point to Point satellite communications is great as well.”

          Scratch that maybe there should just be a Point to Point satellite communications and leave it at that. You can always set up a dish to connect to it then network the devices into a hub coming off the device.

        • Aeoli Pera says:

          >Gamma to the bone right there. Again you were in the bathroom, spam ate it, or the network went down. This is why no one likes anyone that does serious IT work.

          Speaking of which, I have this great idea for an app and I just need somebody to code it.

          > Today action needs to be taken right now because of smart phones. There are also serious health effects from mobile phones and it has nothing to do with cancer, and is more non-monotonic. I wish there was a word for this. Disruption does not do it justice. Anti-absorption. Flow in Flux. A normie will never understand this. They want it right now, always and forever.

          M0 mutating to a supervirus. I don’t make the rules, I just write them down on the internet.

          >Essentially what we’ve lost is long periods where the brain was away from interaction and fully absorbed into reality (i.e. long walks, horse rides, carriage rides, forays into the woods etc.). These probably caused the human brain to drop into spontaneous meditation. I suspect too that the reason for the large number of Gammas is an interplay of the aformentioned.

          This may explain why I spend so much time walking.

      • Akuma says:

        And this this is why the white race is going to perish. A loser would rather betray the team for a small win

        “I’ll report you for taking a nap, when we both know nothing is going to happen that requires you to be awake for the next 20 minutes. Even if anything did happen your right next to me and I can wake you up in a split second. So I win and you lose because I reported you and asserted false dominance. Now leave me alone I have to get back to watching stupid YouTube videos and checking my facebook”

  7. Hezekiah Garrett says:

    So conformity and low time preference are most important? My experience says so if you are right.

    Those are the area’s I am “weak” in. I’m SO weak in them that I have to use inverted commas. I think in terms of eternity and have trouble confirming as a result.

    I’ve been part of my org (privately owned midized American ambulance company) for 6+ yrs. I’m always where I say I’ll be, I answer in seconds, Im UHIQ, never had trouble bedding 8s when I was a hedonist. I take my work seriously. I’m exactly who is neccesary to satisfy the SLAs. I’m neat, clean, articulate, good military bearing in public. But outspoken when it’s just colleagues and superiors.

    Im the lowest paid person in my position. My first kid is on the way. I think I have to get a BS in HIM and move on. If nothing else, before I ruin my musculoskeletal system. I’ve been lurking for weeks, I don’t understand your office hours. I’m not autistic as far as I can tell. Do you think you might could help me somehow? As an act of charity?

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      I don’t know if I can help but talking is free and I’ll give it a shot. We can talk tomorrow night if you want, is 6 PM good? Contact is aeoli.pera on Skype.

      • Hezekiah Garrett says:

        I’ll be in touch. If I can’t make it I’ll leave a message here. I did get a lead by intruding on the next table at the bar tonight where I went to have some wings and browse /Pol/. Maybe just writing it all out helped a little. It’s ridiculous the pressure I feel to get out of lower middle class with the baby coming. Your most recent post helped me see what you’re doing here a little better. I’m glad I’m a gen x (1977) who grew up rural and with military background.

        Your description of who you’re reaching out to put a lot in perspective.

        • Aeoli Pera says:

          >Your most recent post helped me see what you’re doing here a little better. I’m glad I’m a gen x (1977) who grew up rural and with military background.
          >Your description of who you’re reaching out to put a lot in perspective.

          That was my primary intention. Unfortunately, the guys who haven’t seen real financial hardship don’t appear to be getting it (muh feelz tho).

      • Hezekiah Garrett says:

        Can’t get on Skype tonight, but I very much appreciate how quickly you offered your help. I think just writing things out helped break up some mental blockage. I’ll be alright. Going back to lurking.

        • Aeoli Pera says:

          No problem. If you aren’t satisfied with your understanding, send your thoughts to me in an e-mail (aeoli.pera at gmail). I find that writing for an audience helps me to communicate better.

  8. Ulixes Orobar says:

    *Whew.* I’m sensing some serious hostility here, guys.

  9. AEOLI THE BRONY FAG says:

    Ihave ceased trolling!

  10. ooo says:

    went just a tad overboard. Bye guys.
    You have to start winning in your lives, you have to change, there is no surviving the future without it

  11. Aeoli Pera says:

    CITIZENS

    THE DRAMA IS OVER, RETURN TO YOUR HOMES. NOTHING HAS HAPPENED AND NOTHING EVER WILL HAPPEN, ALSO DANCING IS ILLEGAL NOW AS PUNISHMENT FOR THE NOTHING THAT HAPPENED, BECAUSE IT DIDN’T.

  12. 69_CUCKTRON_69 says:

    “Reeeeeeeeeee”

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  14. Tom Kratman says:

    Some practical advice to go with your not necessarily all that useful set of abstractions:

    1. No good deed goes unpunished.
    2. Shit floats to the top.
    3. You may be forgiven for being wrong, but you will never be forgiven for being right.

    I also recommend consulting Pournelle’s Iron Law of Bureaucracy, however, as you do so, do not forget that it is wrong. There are not two kinds of people working in a bureaucracy, as Pournelle postulated, but four. The two that Pournelle missed are those who work neither to advance the goals of the bureaucracy nor the bureaucracy, itself, but only to advance themselves, and those who do no work at all. It is not impossible that the latter crew are all that makes living in a highly bureaucratized society remotely tolerable.

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      This is good stuff here.

      • Tom Kratman says:

        It is also important to understand the organization, power centers, and soul – to the extent that’s not a contradiction in terms – of the bureaucracy you are stuck in. Example, for Gulf War One, the Army cast a very wide net to drag in a shitload of captains from all over creation to fill up certain units in Special Operations Command, one of those captains being a very eager to get to the war me. (Note, here, that SOCOM is amazingly captain heavy; yes, you will pick up trash and cut grass as an officer there.) About thirty or forty such captains, in the 96th CA Battalion (Civil Affairs. Sounds pogue, but is overwhelmingly combat arms and surprisingly casualty intensive), ended up on folding cots and hammocks in various company supply rooms. Some others rented apartments on short leases. I, instead, identified the proper office, went there, and talked the clerk-presiding into giving me a free furnished set of bachelor officer quarters. I was also, via understanding of how the system worked, the only captain to escape from USAREC to get to the war. I don’t honestly know if this is something mostly learned or something innate, but I am pretty sure that, if you don’t study the system you’re stuck in, any innate talent for manipulating it will be lost.

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