Whenever I travel on a long business trip overseas, I always ask the flight attendant for three papers: The FT, The Wall Street Journal, and a copy of the destination city’s newspaper. This way, I can get a blend of global + local news in order to converse more easily with the clients I’m visiting.
If you ever wonder how some people can make cocktail party conversations look so easy, it’s simply because they are voracious consumers of media. If you can seamlessly switch from sharing your views on the new French Socialist President Hollande’s policies to April’s US existing housing sales rebound to whether OKC will take out San Antonio in 6 or 7 games, you will be a master of conversation.
Financial Samurai’s editorial will continue to contain a combination of topical posts along with personal stories to keep things interesting. In fact, I dare say that if you become a regular reader of this site, your cocktail party conversational skills will shoot through the roof!
In the below 3 minute 29 second video, you’ll gain a quick snapshot of the global economy and where specific countries stand in terms of size, GDP per capita, growth, education, and happiness. Remember, everything is relative and making tons of money isn’t necessarily better if it takes many more hours in the process. Have a look at the video and let me know your thoughts on what stood out.
Some points that stood out:
* New Zealand has 1 ranked education system vs. #5 for the US
* Netherlands is #1 in pay per hour.
* Brazil legally gets 30 days off vs. 5 in China and 0 in US.
* Brazil is considered the happiest country in the world. Although, based on a latest OECD happiness report, Denmark, Norway, and the Netherlands are even happier.
This video was sponsored by The Financial Times.